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Press Release -- May 30th, 2017
Source: Telecom Italia Sparkle
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Sparkle provides GÉANT with cloud solutions to support pan-European research and education community

Cloud solutions will be offered by Sparkle together with TIM Nuvola Italiana and Amazon Web Services

Rome/Linz, May 30, 2017

Sparkle, the international service arm of TIM Group and among top 10 global operators, has signed a Framework Agreement with GÉANT, Europe’s leading collaboration on e-infrastructure and services for research and education, to provide cloud services powered by Sparkle, TIM Nuvola Italiana and Amazon Web Services (AWS) to the pan-European research and education community.

Sparkle will support GÉANT in 30 countries, specifically as an Original Service Provider (OIP) in 12 countries offering Sparkle and TIM Cloud Solutions, while in the remaining 18 countries Sparkle will act as a reseller of Amazon Web Services.

Cloud platform provides virtualized computing resources and offers highly scalable resources that can be adjusted on-demand, representing an ideal solution for academic research characterized by workloads that are either temporary, experimental or subject to unexpected change.

As part of the cloud solutions Sparkle will support service authentication through eduGAIN, the global research and education infrastructure for single sign on access.

Sparkle will also provide a direct network peering between GÉANT and its own data centers, reducing data transport-related costs. Furthermore Sparkle will guarantee a 24x7 Service Desk which includes a Contact Center and a Cloud Competence Center.

Delivering Sparkle’s services through GÉANT significantly reduces cost and complexity, while providing higher security and better integration of the online services.

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About Sparkle

Sparkle is the wholly owned subsidiary of TIM Group (NYSE:TI) with the mission to develop and consolidate the Italian telco’s international services business.  As a leading global carrier and through a global backbone of around 560.000 km of fiber, Sparkle offers a full range of IP, Data, Cloud, Data Center, Mobile Data and Voice solutions to fixed and mobile operators, Internet service providers, Media and Content providers and to Multinational enterprises. Its sales force is active worldwide and distributed over 37 countries.

Find out more about Telecom Italia Sparkle at www.tisparkle.com or www.world.tisparkle.com

About GÉANT

GÉANT is Europe’s leading collaboration on network and related e-infrastructure and services for the benefit of research and education, contributing to Europe’s economic growth and competitiveness. The organisation develops, delivers and promotes advanced network and associated e-infrastructure services, and supports innovation and knowledge-sharing amongst its members, partners and the wider research and education networking community. To learn more, visit www.geant.org or follow us on Twitter @GEANTnews

Sparkle Media Contact:

Filippo Sanpaolesi

Head of Communication

+390652745037

tisparkle.communication@tisparkle.com

GÉANT Media Contact:

Andres Steijaert

andres.steijaert@surfnet.nl

Paul Maurice

Paul.Maurice@geant.org

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