Sirti Digital Solutions - The future: XaaS and edge computing

30 April 2024

Distributed networks ensure data processing and protection at the peripheral sites of a company. Article from "La Repubblica".

More than 65% of company data is generated, shared, and processed without passing through the central data center. This means that a company manager, a professional, or an employee today has a device equipped with sufficient computing power and intelligence to generate data, determine processes, and make decisions when and where needed.

The excellent example of Snam

Starting from the need to adapt its IT infrastructure to new working methods, Snam, one of the leading operators of gas infrastructure in Europe, has created a collaborative and innovative ecosystem, thanks to HPE Aruba Networking and system integrator Sirti Digital Solutions, the tech company of the Sirti Group.

The Snam Group has a total network of 33,000 km of pipelines in Italy through which natural gas flows, controlled by qualified personnel capable of making immediate decisions and managing data independently.

"In our 105 offices, we wanted and needed to ensure access to corporate services without continuity and accessibility problems," says Giuseppe Marrocco, Manager Corporate Offices Engineering and Services (COENGS) - DT&IN of Snam. "The goal was to align all Snam offices with a technological model and strategy suitable for supporting new corporate services with the flexibility required by ongoing evolutions."

"Soon," Marrocco continues, "we realized that it would be necessary to think about a new network design. A new digital highway that, natively, would provide users with wi-fi connectivity capable of following them in every move along an increasingly distributed corporate perimeter. All this, providing them with applications, data, platforms, tools in real-time."

In short, Snam needed agility, mobility, always-on high-performance connectivity, and the need to monitor employee access and identities, ensuring the highest level of security already from the periphery. Through the project implemented by Sirti Digital Solutions on HPE Aruba Networking solutions, a dedicated Software Defined LAN was created, a technology aimed at making the operation of a network elastic, in order to support dynamic data traffic management.

The concrete benefits

"With an approach based on co-creation and constant discussion between the parties," explains Luca Rubaga, Managing Director of Sirti Digital Solutions, "Sirti Digital Solutions has integrated HPE Aruba Networking technology onto the existing network according to the new SD-LAN paradigm. Thanks to the use of the platform, the operation of the entire on-premises network is now automated and guaranteed with a native security level, capable of ensuring better control over the entire infrastructure."

In conclusion, thanks to the update carried out, Snam can rely on a network that meets current standards and has improved the level of service and performance of the network itself.

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Sirti Digital Solutions - The future: XaaS and edge computing

Article: "Can we go back from the cloud? Here's what Italian CIOs think" - CIO Italia - journalist Patrizia Licata Milan, April 8, 2024 – The future: XaaS and edge computing "In the future, we will increasingly move towards a combination of technological choices," confirms Giovanni Sannino, Head of Operations IT & Services at Sirti Digital Solutions. "Already today we see companies moving towards distinct options depending on workloads and operational criticality. CIOs will employ, where possible, edge devices that, thanks to increasingly smaller, faster microchips with great computing capabilities, allow processing on-site and in real-time, keeping the data in-house, while for other operations, cloud and on-prem will be combined." For example, a manufacturing company that has IoT sensors generating and sending large amounts of environmental data - temperature, humidity, energy consumption, and so on - finds it convenient to process the information at the edge, where the evolution of microchips already allows the incorporation of analytics and machine learning applications; then only the information that needs to be centralized or has general processing and storage needs will be passed to the cloud or on-prem. "This is already a trend underway in the industry," says Sannino, "because it allows maintaining effectiveness on the production line, but with local machines, without cloud software and heavy infrastructures that cost more and do not allow the same speed in quality control and corrective actions." Learn more at Sirti Digital Solutions S.p.A. is the Tech company of the Sirti Group enabling digital transformation through networking, SW & system integration, cybersecurity, IoT, Cloud, Technological Plants & Cyber Security services. 1700 certifications issued by the most important technology players worldwide. The company has a dedicated Digital Lab for the development and realization, in co-creation logic with vendors, clients, and startups, of new digital solutions.