Giorgio Girelli, General Manager
Most organisations, public or private, in Europe are striving to digitalise their traditional services to benefit end consumers. And, to this end, they see more value to host their data off-site through private cloud and colocation services. However, such a task is easier said than done because, with GDPR in effect, data protection and data security are increasingly coming under the spotlight in the course of moving data to data centers. Besides, the organisations are reluctant to adopt cloud technology, mainly when data centres are located beyond the borders of the EU. Set against this backdrop is Aruba Enterprise, a business division of the company Aruba.it that provides IT solutions to enterprises, as secure custom-built data centre services such as private cloud, cloud back-ups, dedicated servers and colocation for data hosting, moreover services for the digitalization of business process. These services are offered to the clients from the company’s state-of-the-art Global Cloud Data Centre campus in Milan, Italy, that complies with all the important accreditations and certifications in the EU. Aruba Enterprise’s customers can also choose from a European network that includes two more data centres in Italy, besides Global Cloud DC. The company also owns data centres, one each in the Czech Republic, France, Germany, the UK and Poland respectively. “Such a capability of ours allows customers to find the perfect location to host their data and satisfy any specific geographical requirements,” remarks Giorgio Girelli, General Manager, Aruba Enterprise. The company’s other trust services range from certified emails to complex and miscellaneous digital signature services, from PKI infrastructures for certificates provisioning to digital preservation according to law. “All of these services are certified by Italian and/or European regulatory institutions,” he adds.
Some of the relevant accreditations of Aruba Enterprise’s trust services are predominantly built around eIDAS - “electronic IDentification Authentication and Signature”, a European Regulation that lays down the conditions for the mutual recognition of electronic identities and common regulations for eSignatures, web authentication and related trusted services for electronic transactions.
“Our customers count on us as their trusted partner who helps them adhere to the EU regulations through our trust services,” says Girelli. To achieve this feat, Aruba Enterprise delivers almost all the trust services the market needs.
And the company is also a Qualified Trust Service Provider in the OBE Directory with Actalis and Aruba PEC, the two Certification Authorities (CA) of the company, for the supply of Qualified Website Authentication Certificates (QWAC) and Qualified Certificate for Electronic Seals (QSEALC) services. QWAC is used for website authentication and QSEALC for identity verification; both help protect transactions from potential attacks during communication. Furthermore, to ensure subscriber identity, the company’s trust services follow PSD2 specific information including PSD2 authorisation number of the subscriber as a PSP (Payment Service Provider); Identification of the competent authority (NCA) that assigned the above authorisation, number; and list of PSD2 roles authorised to the PSP according to the PSD2 Directive.
Aruba Enterprise serves many leading companies from a wide range of sectors. The approach the company takes and the solutions it provides means that Aruba Enterprise can adapt to any client and can provide customised solutions that fit the needs of the sector the client operates in. The company does not offer an ‘off the shelf’ solution but believes in working hand in hand with the clients. This includes highly regulated industries that require the highest standard of security and compliance. “In particular, we are already supporting banks, financial institutions, and the insurance sector adopting the trusted services provided to keep pace with technological and regulatory developments,” explains Girelli. “In particular we are already seeing banks, financial institutions and the insurance sector adopting the secure services provided to keep pace with technological and regulatory developments.”
Currently, Aruba Enterprise is active in the main European markets such as France, England, and Germany; it has a consolidated presence in Poland and Hungary and also boasts leadership in the Czech and Slovak Republic.
It entertains customers like Unicredit, one of the most prominent pan-European banks. However, it still believes that their market presence is in the initial stage. In the near future, Aruba Enterprise aims to extend its footprints in other geographic regions