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Spanish broadband and telecoms provider Telefónica has achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold and Tier IV Gold certification for its Alcalá data center located in Alcalá de Henares, Madrid.

Recently marking its first anniversary, the facility was awarded Tier IV Gold by the Uptime Institute for its design and implementation.

The €120m first phase covers 24,700 sq m containing seven IT rooms standing at 682 sq m each.


Each rooms houses areas of high density compute and uses cold and hot corridor contention.

It has been given a Brill Award for Global Leadership by the Uptime Institute – to acknowledge projects worldwide which have attained the highest efficiency levels in data center and IT operations in all of their phases.

Telefónica said the data center has an uptime guarantee of 99.995%.

The modular facility was also awarded LEED Gold in the category of Newly Constructed Buildings and is awarded for its energy efficiency.

It provides services to businesses in Spain’s major economic sectors.

Telefónica said the facility is the cornerstone of its data center consolidation strategy.


It is one of four new strategic data centers built by the company worldwide – these act as hubs for a small number of satellite data centers that support local services.

A new demonstration area in cloud services has been added to the Madrid facility – the Alcalá Innovation Center.

In addition to global processes, UK, Spanish and German services are being integrated into the Alcalá Data center, aiming to improve the levels of quality, simplification and standardization which Telefónica said are essential to its transformation.