Microsoft has announced an exciting project that will strengthen its presence in Spain and contribute significantly to the country’s digital economy. The company plans to build a data center campus in the Aragon region, which will enable it to provide intelligent cloud services to enterprises and public organizations across Europe. This project adds to Microsoft’s previous investment in creating a data center region in Madrid, and is expected to have a positive impact on the economy and employment in Spain. In this article, we will explore the details of this exciting news.
Investing in the Digital Age: Microsoft and Spain
Microsoft has reaffirmed its commitment to Spain by announcing its plan to build a data center campus in Aragon. This new infrastructure will enable Microsoft to offer a wide range of intelligent cloud services, including Microsoft Azure, Microsoft 365, Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Power Platform, to customers across Europe. This will be done while meeting regulatory, compliance and data sovereignty requirements.
“THE MICROSOFT PROJECT IS A NEW BOOST TO ARAGON’S VOCATION FOR ATTRACTING COMPANIES, ESPECIALLY THOSE THAT, DUE TO THEIR INTERNATIONAL RELEVANCE AND INNOVATIVE NATURE, REPRESENT AN EXTRAORDINARY ADDED VALUE TO BOOST THE ECONOMY AND THE GENERATION OF WEALTH IN OUR AUTONOMOUS COMMUNITY” PRESIDENT OF THE GOVERNMENT OF ARAGON, JORGE AZCÓN.
Significant Economic Impact
According to an IDC analysis, the construction of the Microsoft data center campus in Aragon could have a considerable economic impact in Spain. It is estimated that this project could contribute 8.4 billion euros to the national GDP and generate up to 69,000 indirect jobs in the period from 2026 to 2030. These numbers reflect the growth and development potential that this investment will bring to the country.
The President of the Government of Aragon, Jorge Azcón, underlines the “great satisfaction that the Autonomous Community is consolidating its position as one of the leading European regions in a leading and strategic technology sector for the development of digitalization and business innovation. The Microsoft project is a new boost to Aragon’s vocation for attracting companies, especially those that, due to their international relevance and innovative nature, represent an extraordinary added value to boost the economy and the generation of wealth in our Autonomous Community”, he adds. The Aragonese president recalls that “the Government of Aragon will make every effort to implement this type of investment projects in the Autonomous Community, which will make the difference to generate a leading economy, highly technological and with the creation of skilled jobs”.
Aragon: A Strategic Location
The choice of Aragon as the location for this project is no coincidence. The region has been highlighted as a strategic location for the implementation of data centers due to several key factors, such as the availability of highly qualified talent, public support for innovation, high quality infrastructure, available land and its geographical location.
“Microsoft’s new investments in Spain will enable us to provide intelligent cloud solutions and services to companies and public entities in Europe, fostering the digital transformation of companies and public entities, driving innovation and contributing to the generation of new jobs in the technology sector in Aragon and the rest of Spain,” said Alberto Granados, president of Microsoft Spain.
Microsoft’s Commitment to Sustainability and Compliance
Microsoft is committed to operating responsibly, and this is reflected in its focus on sustainability. The company has committed to using 100% renewable energy in all of its operations, including data centers, by 2025.
In addition, Microsoft’s cloud services comply with more than 100 standards, including international regulations such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), ISO 27001, HIPAA, FedRAMP, SOC 1 and SOC 2, as well as country-specific standards, such as the High Level compliance certification of the National Security Scheme (ENS) in Spain.