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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.
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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.
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