Spain is attracting more and more data centers. Madrid wants to keep them all

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Spain has become a very attractive country for the installation of data centers. Many of the largest technology multinationals in the world, such as Amazon, Microsoft, IBM, Google or Meta, have already opened, have started construction or have made public plans to create this type of facility in our country.

And although in some cases the DPCs are going to settle in peripheral regions, such as Aragón (Amazon) or Castilla-La Mancha (Meta), the truth is that Madrid continues to be the preferred territory of the companies to locate them. The community of the capital of Spain brings together, according to data from the regional government, 91% of the installed capacity in Spain. But it is not content with that, as it has just announced a plan to attract even more data centers.

The plan. In order to attract more facilities of this nature, the Community of Madrid has identified more than twenty plots of public land that meet optimal characteristics to house DPCs, such as surfaces with more than 2,000 square meters, easy access to the electricity supply necessary to feed them, proximity to technology parks or good road connections, According to CincoDías.

The land is located, according to the aforementioned media, in the southern part of the Community, especially in Getafe and Fuenlabrada. In the case of the first locality, they would be found in Tecnogetafe, a scientific and technological park, and in the case of the second, near the El Bañuelo Industrial Park. Likewise, there would be a plot located in the town of Meco and another in Madrid Capital.

All the plots mentioned are already in the Soil Portal 4.0 of the Community of Madrid, and they will go out to public tender as investors show their interest in them.

The Madrid arguments. The Community of Madrid knows that the region brings together many attractions to seduce companies that want to build data centers in our country, such as the presence in the capital of many of the most important technology companies that operate in Spain, many of the most relevant and a significant number of professionals in the sector. In addition, it has a strategic geographical location as a gateway to Europe for submarine cables from the United States, Latin America or Africa.

Reasons that have led to autonomy currently concentrating 31 operational data centers, which represents 91% of the total installed capacity in Spain. A percentage that will vary with the start-up of large projects such as Amazon in Aragon or Meta in Castilla-La Mancha, but which show the attractiveness of the capital in this market.

Great potential. The Madrid government, moreover, assures that it has identified an enormous growth potential that could lead the region to catch up in a short time with the main European markets in this segment. Thus, Madrid’s data centers currently have a capacity of around 100 MW, but regional sources estimate that this capacity could increase to 620 MW by 2026. Currently, London has an installed capacity of 940 MW, Amsterdam has 650 MW, Frankfurt with 499 MW and Paris with 376 MW.

Advantages of other communities. As we have seen, Madrid has a significant number of arguments to continue attracting data centers and become a European reference region in the sector, but the rest of Spain is also sharpening its weapons and preparing to convince companies to install their DPCs far from the capital with far from negligible advantages: lower costs and much more available land.

In fact, the Government of Aragon has already managed to convince those responsible for Amazon Web Services (AWS) to bring its largest data region in southern Europe to that community ahead of candidates such as Madrid itself. At that time, those of Jeff Bezos pointed out that they had opted for the Aragonese option because it met the optimal conditions in terms of available space, electrical capacity, geographical location and administrative agility (at least in this particular case), as they explained to Xataka.

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And similar arguments were made by Meta when it announced its intention to open a data center in Castilla-La Mancha, since, among other things, the facility will need around 300,000 square meters, a space that is much more difficult to find in the Spanish capital.

geographical distribution. Likewise, the Government of Spain is also favoring the distribution of these facilities by different territories through the Public Infrastructure Relocation Planwith which it is intended to relocate some of the administration facilities and take them to provinces at risk of depopulation.

Said plan has led, for example, to the Social Security deciding to move its CPD to Soria at the beginning of 2021. The choice of this location was due, according to the Government, to the fact that the low temperatures in the region would allow saving energy when refrigerating the installations. In this case, the available space was also a compelling reason: the public body needed 37,000 square meters to locate the data center.

Thus, Madrid starts with a clear advantage to obtain new investments in data centers in its territory, but the Amazon and Meta projects show that the rest of the autonomous communities also have compelling arguments to attract this flourishing industry. The Government of Spain, moreover, is on the side of the latter to favor the distribution of the digital industry and the promotion of peripheral regions thanks to the digital economy. The dispute is served.

Spain has become a very attractive country for the installation of data centers. Many of the largest technology multinationals in…

Spain has become a very attractive country for the installation of data centers. Many of the largest technology multinationals in…

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