Amazon Web Services has announced its new data center region in Spain will open earlier than previously announced.
The company first announced plans for a Spanish region in 2019, saying the facilities will launch in late 2022 or early 2023. AWS is now saying the new region will be available in mid-2022, ahead of time.
The new region will be located in Aragon, and like other regions will have three data centers (or availability zones). The facilities will be the company's first dedicated zones in Spain., though it currently has three Edge locations in Madrid.
“With the opening of our first infrastructure region in Spain, our goal is to support economic growth throughout the country,” the company said in a statement. “The new region also shows AWS 'continued investment in the country, which began in Madrid in 2012 when we announced our first AWS Edge Location.”
The company said it will be investing €2.5 billion ($3bn) in the country over the next 10 years.
To help the company meet its sustainability goals, AWS has already invested in a number of solar farms in Spain to help power the new facilities; a 149 MW solar park located in Alcalá de Guadaira (Seville) and a plant in Zaragoza with a capacity of 49MW is expected to come into operation this year, The company also recently announced two additional solar projects in Andalusia and Extremadura.