Barcelona’s world-famous cathedral, Sagrada Família, has opened its first datacentre.
The prefabricated facility was built and deployed by Schneider Electric.
The UNESCO world heritage site is the most visited tourist attraction in Barcelona, Spain.
Sagrada Família needed of a portable solution that would upgrade its small server room to a more robust datacentre.
The new facility had to allow site operators to better manage security and effectively control the millions of visitors that come to the site each year during construction.
Sagrada Família continues a long history of transformation through an ongoing, complex, construction project - therefore building a new datacentre within the building was not an option.
The cathedral needed a resilient and flexible datacentre that could respond to its continually evolving construction process, while also maintaining a high level of security and protection.
The construction could not happen on site in the construction zone and so portability was key in enabling Sagrada Família to easily move the datacentre to accommodate changes in the construction zones over time.
The project needed to increase capacity to support digital ticketing, baffle gate and validation for visitors.
Schneider Electric vice-president, global datacentre strategy and technology, Kevin Brown, said there is no longer a one size fits all approach to datacentre design and build.
"For Sagrada Família, it was clear that a flexible and portable, yet powerful facility was needed to meet the unique demands of their growing business," he said.
“Schneider Electric is privileged to work with this UNESCO World Heritage Site to deliver a prefabricated datacentre solution that not only fits within the complex environment around the Sagrada Família, but delivers the security, availability, reliability and agility needed to support this popular attraction during and after construction.”