Step inside one of the biggest datacentres in Europe: Photos

Step inside one of the biggest datacentres in Europe: Photos

Summary: This week saw the opening of the biggest datacentre in Europe – a new facility in the Portuguese city of Covilhã. ZDNet went for a look around.


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  • After 15 months of construction, Portugal Telecom on Monday officially launched the first phase of one of Europe's largest and greenest datacentres.

    When complete, the €90m datacentre in the city of Covilhã will have a storage capacity of up to 30PB, 50,000 servers and four datacentre blocks across a total area of 75,000m². 

    According to Portugal Telecom, the new facility increases datacentre capacity in the country by more than 60 percent. The operator hopes to eventually consolidate its seven existing datacentres into the new Covilhã datacentre and an existing facility in Lisbon.

    Image: Portugal Telecom

  • A clock in Covilhã's town square counted down the hours to the datacentre's inauguration on 23 September.

    It's hoped the datacentre will bring economic renewal to an area that saw its economy and population shrink throughout the 1990s as a result of the decline of Portugal's textiles industry. The new datacentre will directly create 400 jobs and indirectly create 1,000 more in the region.

    Portugal Telecom will be working with the city's public university, the University of Beira Interior, to develop cloud computing skills. Local government authorities hope that the datacentre facility will also attract investment into the town from other technology companies in the years to follow.

    Image: Lance Harris/ZDNet

Topics: Data Centers, Datacentre Tour, Telcos, EU

Lance Harris

About Lance Harris

Lance Harris is a writer with more than 18 years of experience. Over the years, Lance has written about technology in business, the business of technology, and the African telecommunications industry for many of South Africa’s top business and IT publications.

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  • Yet Another Vast Room Filled With Featureless Metal Cabinets

    Why can't datacentres look more like this?