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Equinix announces hyperscale data centre in Madrid

Written by Thu 22 Sep 2022

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Equinix, global data centre services and colocation provider, has announced an upcoming data centre in Madrid, Spain. MD6 will be located in the Alcobendas neighborhood, and is the first of two planned XScale facilities on the campus.

MD6 is the first data centre designed and constructed by Equinix in Spain, and will incorporate 600 new cabinets, 1466 square metres and 4.8 MW capacity.

Additionally, the MD6 data centre will incorporate innovative cooling systems to lessen the environmental impact of the facility. This includes heat encapsulation instead of raised floors, which improves energy efficiency by 15% over facilities that use more traditional cooling systems.

Equinix owns and operates two other data centres in Madrid, MD1 and MD2, although they were purchased rather than designed and constructed by the company. MD6 improves connectivity linking to MD1 and MD2, in addition to connecting to submarine cable landing points in Lisbon and Barcelona.

Ignacio Vellila, managing director of Equinix Spain, said, “The launch of MD6 is an important step to consolidate Madrid as the engine of the digital economy in Spain, and involves the expansion of our interconnection campus in the country, reinforcing our position as a hub for southern Europe.”

“Our goal is to be prepared to assume the great capacity and connectivity that companies demand in this digital age and provide them with a service that meets their needs, supported by a safe and sustainable infrastructure.”

Madrid is the third largest city in Europe, behind London and Paris, and is the largest data centre market outside of the FLAPD cities. It was noted in a recent market analysis report from Research & Markets that Spain, dominated by the Madrid urban centre, would be the country to challenge dominant data centre markets in Europe.

Equinix recently announced that it would partner with the Centre for Energy Research and Technology (CERT) and the National Singapore University (NSU) to explore the viability of hydrogen fuel in the data centre. Under this partnership, the teams will compare two on-site power generation technologies to help determine future data centre technology preferences.

Written by Thu 22 Sep 2022


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