Digital infrastructure company, Equinix Inc., has just announced that it plans to build a new data center facility in Barcelona, to further bolster its global footprint.

Codenamed BA2 International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data center, the new site will be located adjacent to the Equinix’s existing BA1 site, to form a campus, and is planned to serve as a strategic connection point for data communications between Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

“Subsea cables play a vital role in enabling the modern digital world, and we anticipate much progress in the next couple of years following the pandemic-induced backlog. Subsea cables provide the underlying capacity between metros on different continents, while Equinix democratizes that capacity, making it easily accessible to a wide range of businesses and enabling rapid international expansion without the need for significant CAPEX investment,” said Jim Poole, Vice President at Equinix.

Marking its second facility in the city, the new data center BA2 is to utilize 100% renewable energy and designed in line with Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification requirements. Also, the company stated that the new site will be further bolstered by Equinix’s global platform of more than 245 data centers, which includes key Mediterranean metros such as Bordeaux, Genoa, Lisbon and Milan.

“Addressing digital demand sustainably is of vital importance, and something we are focused on at Equinix. The timing of this investment couldn’t be better, given the surge in demand we are seeing from companies in Barcelona and across the Mediterranean” said Judith Gardiner, Vice President for Growth and Emerging Markets at Equinix. 

“The potential for Barcelona to become a dense and valuable strategic hub cannot be overstated, and we are delighted to be able to serve this great city by adding it to our strategy to galvanize our position as the connectivity core of the Mediterranean.”

Recently, Equinix Inc., also announced its plan to build a new International Business ExchangeTM (IBX®) data center in Johor, Malaysia, its first data center facility in the country. As announced, the new data center is to provide 500 cabinets and 1,960 square meters of colocation space, with an initial investment of approximately $40 million.