Equinix, global data center services and colocation provider, has announced MD6, an upcoming hyperscale data centre in Madrid, Spain. It is the first of two planned XScale facilities on the campus.
Madrid is the third-largest city in Europe, after London and Paris, and the largest data center market outside of the FLAPD cities. According to the recent market analysis report from Research & Markets, Spain, which is dominated by the metropolis of Madrid, would be the nation to take on Europe’s most established data center markets.
As the first data center developed and built by Equinix in Spain, MD6 will be situated in the Alcobendas district and feature 600 new cabinets, 1466 square meters, and 4.8 MW of power.
There actually already exist two data centers that Equinix owns and operates in Madrid, the MD1 and MD2. However, they were purchased by the company rather than designed and constructed. In addition to connecting to submarine cable landing locations in Lisbon and Barcelona, MD6 boosts connectivity by connecting to MD1 and MD2.
Moreover, the MD6 data center will use cutting-edge cooling technologies to reduce the facility’s environmental effect. As an example, heat encapsulation in place of raised floors increases energy efficiency by 15% compared to buildings using more traditional cooling systems.
According to Ignacio Vellila, managing director of Equinix Spain, the introduction of MD6 is a crucial step in cementing Madrid’s position as Spain’s digital economy’s engine. It also entails the country’s interconnection campus being expanded, which strengthens Madrid’s status 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,” said Vellila.
Recently, Equinix announced that it would collaborate with the National Singapore University (NSU) and the Centre for Energy Research and Technology (CERT) to study the feasibility of using hydrogen fuel in data centers. In order to assess future preferences for data center technology, the teams will compare two on-site power generation approaches.