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Telefonica's recently opened datacenter, located near the Spanish capital, is the company's largest facility.
The impressive facility sits just outside Alcala de Hernares, a town 30km from Madrid. Around 80 employees work there full-time: it's one of Telefonica's four new global datacenters and will operate as a hub for smaller, more localised centers around the globe. Services offered include cloud computing as well as backup, storage, monitoring and outsourcing.
The center has been awarded Tier IV Gold status by the Uptime Institute, Leeds Gold certification and Brill Awards for Efficient IT.
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Construction work on the datacenter began in November 2011, with the facility becoming operational in January last year.
Telefonica says it has so far spent around €120m on the datacenter and, once a planned expansion (see image eight) has been completed, the telco will have invested €300m.
One new addition to the datacenter is a facility that Telefonica calls the Innovation Center.
It's an area where existing and potential customers can come and see demonstrations of the technologies Telefonica is using in the datacenter, particularly around cloud computing.