Cloud tender: Italy to use TIM-led project as blueprint

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Cloud tender: Italy to use TIM-led project as blueprint
Cloud tender: Italy to use TIM-led project as blueprint

It is expected that the call for the national cloud tender could be published in the first weeks of 2022, in order to allow the start of the works within the second half of the year

A proposal presented by a consortium that includes Telecom Italia (TIM) will be used as blueprint by Italy in the national cloud tender it plans to launch in the first weeks of 2022, the digital innovation ministry said on Monday.

The infrastructure, known as the National Strategic Hub   is part of the government’s strategy to accelerate digital transformation and guarantee national data security. In its national Recovery Plan sent to Brussels in April, Rome earmarked 900 million Euros ($1.04 billion) for the project.

The ministry said, for the national cloud tender it had received three proposals and identified that prepared by the TIM-led consortium, which includes state lender CDP, defence group Leonardo and government IT agency Sogei as the one which “fully and satisfactorily reflects the requirements” set by Rome in September.

“It is expected that the call for the national cloud tender could be published in the first weeks of 2022, in order to allow the start of the works within the second half of the year”, the ministry added.

While others can submit proposals in line with the parameters set by the TIM-consortium, that project is seen as a clear favourite to win the national cloud tender. That consortium also has a right to match any improved rival bid that may be presented.

The other two proposals came from a partnership between Italian IT group AlmavivA and cloud provider Aruba and a consortium that includes Italian software developer engineering and telecoms group Fastweb, a unit of Swisscom.

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