Burgos has been the city chosen to house the next data center of the Government of Spain. As they have been able to learn in Vozpópuli, it is a project of the Royal Mint (RCM) that aims to provide digital services to the Spanish Public Administration, from city councils to ministries and other entities. The Burgos data center will allow to the government rely less on foreign Big Tech, like Amazon or Google, which are the big providers of cloud storage. The choice of this Castilian-León municipality is due to the fact that it is a safe, isolated area with low temperatures during most of the year, which is ideal for the proper functioning of a data center.
The sources in the sector who have spoken with Vozpópuli assure that “it makes perfect sense that critical services are housed in a state cloud, controlled by our country and with its facilities in Spain.” The CPD (Data Processing Center) will connect with Madrid through fiber optics and these connections are currently being made. Through fiber optics, the Burgos data center will be in communication with the national headquarters of the National Currency and Stamp Factory, located in Madrid. For this project, a total of €4.7 million intended for RCM and the sources define it as “facilities that will house more modern technologies”.
The importance of data center cooling
As we have already mentioned, the importance of temperature in the DPC is crucial for data storage in the cloud. The sources that have spoken with Vozpópuli affirm that “The energy bill is very high in these types of installations” to maintain good cooling. While temperatures outside Burgo are up to 25°C, this energy expenditure can be dispensed with. However, if there are more degrees, energy must be used and, for this, the Government intends to install solar panels.
When will the Burgos data center go live?
The National Currency and Stamp Factory estimates that the cloud for the Spanish Public Administration will be ready in the second half of 2023, although they recognize that it will not be fully operational, but only some services will be offered. Sign up for our newsletter and receive the latest technology news in your email.