The Social Security CPD will move to Soria because it is cold and will save on refrigeration
Social Security is moving its Data Processing Center (CPD) from Madrid to Soria due to the weather conditions in the city. In fact, the savings in cooling installations it is one of the causes of this transfer.
The Soria City Council has donated a 37,000 square meter plot of land in the town, more specifically in the Los Royales neighborhood, to build the CPD there. Once the transfer of the land is approved, Social Security will be in charge of the design of the project, as well as its construction. Terms that could last up to almost 3 years, according to information provided by the Ministry.
That is, at the moment the technical characteristics of this installation are not known, but the idea is to renew the entire infrastructure. According to the Minister of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration, José Luis Escrivá, the CPD of Social Security, which dates back to the 70s, was “a leader at the time, but it has become obsolete.”
The current CPD has a room with a capacity for 3000 physical servers. It supports 15,000,000 daily transactions, as well as 200,000 documents per day and 4,000 IP voice calls each day.
Welcome the cold of Soria
According to data from the Ministry, a good part of the maintenance cost (70%) of this CPD is due to cooling. So during the summer months alone the air conditioning of these facilities would mean an invoice of about 150,000 euros per month. Something that led those responsible for the ministry to “reflect on the opportunity to transfer it to facilities in another province less warm than Madrid.”
Soria, with an average annual temperature of 11ºC, seems ideal in the eyes of the ministry to reduce this item. In addition, the ministry ensures that the production of renewable energy is cheaper in Soria than in other provinces.
Government calculations indicate that with this new location could be saved between 50 and 60% the bill in refrigeration.
This decision is part of the Plan for the Relocation of Public Infrastructures With which it is intended to relocate some of the administration facilities and take them to provinces at risk of depopulation. In addition, the challenge is that these facilities can generate quality employment on the territory and fix population in rural areas through the retention and attraction of talent.
For now, the simple transfer of the CPD from Madrid to Soria will also entail the transfer of 10 people from maintenance of the facilities, 8 from operations and 12 from monitoring, among others.
The Minister also hopes that this move will be a test bed for other facilities and that it may also attract other investments to the area. It should be remembered that for months the sector of neutral centers asked for measurements so that Spain could attract a good part of the investment in this area.