MERLIN Properties and Edged expand global reach of new Barcelona data centre

MERLIN Properties and Edged Energy announced agreements with Barcelona Cable Landing Station (CLS), Exa and Axent for their new state-of-the-art, carbon-neutral data centre located in Barcelona, Spain.

The agreements mark an important milestone as MERLIN Properties, the Iberian Peninsula’s leading developer and operator of green real estate assets, and Edged, a sustainable data centre infrastructure technology company, recently started operations at the world-class facility.

Centrally located at the Port of Barcelona near downtown, the MERLIN Edged data centre offers 16 MW of critical load capacity, consumes no water for cooling and is powered by 100% renewable energy. The facility is uniquely designed for both energy and water efficiency with a guaranteed Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.15 and an advanced waterless cooling system built to handle the dense AI-driven loads that are reshaping the IT industry while conserving Spain’s scarce water resources.

“We are proud to be part of Spain’s fast-growing digital economy and to partner with leaders in the data carrier, networking and telecommunications industries to expand the region’s reach and connection opportunities,” said Bryant Farland, Chief Executive Officer for Edged. “Our customers can feel confident they are connected to a secure, high-speed, on-demand network with established redundancies that ensure their data can reliably and instantaneously reach markets in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.”

The MERLIN Edged data centre’s Meet Me Room directly connects to the Barcelona Cable Landing Station, providing customers with a high-connectivity bridge between the western Mediterranean and major and emerging markets worldwide. Barcelona CLS offers strategic connections to what will soon be the largest and fastest subsea cables in the world (2Africa cable and Medusa cable respectively).

MERLIN Edged customers also have access to additional subsea cables and terrestrial networks through connections with EXA and Axent. EXA’s network spans over 142,000 kilometres with routes extending throughout Europe and North America. Axent further amplifies local connections with high-speed routes throughout Spain, Portugal and France.

“We are seeing incredible growth and investment in IT and digital infrastructure across the Iberian Peninsula,” said Miguel Angel Acero, Chief Operations Officer for Barcelona CLS. “The Barcelona Cable Landing Station is proud to be the area’s go-to connection spot, and we are honoured to work with companies like MERLIN Properties and Edged who are combining top-tier performance and global connectivity with innovative technology and sustainable design. The connection to the new facility was made possible thanks to Barcelona CLS existing redundant metro fibre ring, which adds significant network route diversity for the MERLIN Edged data centre.”

In addition to their Barcelona data centre, MERLIN Properties and Edged have launched a network of waterless, carbon-neutral data centres across the Iberian Peninsula. Construction is complete and operations have begun at their data centres near Bilbao and Madrid. Construction will break ground on an up to 100 MW campus in Lisbon, Portugal as soon as the licence is granted (expected in early 2024).

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