Three major Scottish data centre projects have been revealed in recent weeks. This week, Microsoft technology partner Alchemy Plus announced that it is planning to build a 20,000 square foot data centre in
Building the £20 million facility in the region will reduce cooling costs thanks to the low atmospheric temperature, the company said.
Atlantis, the company behind the project, is still seeking a partner ‘with a significant web presence’ for the project. Both projects are awaiting planning permission and hope to begin construction in 2010.
Largest data centre of all time
But the most staggering project of all is a proposed 3 million square foot (250,000 square meters) data centre in the Lockerbie area. If it goes ahead, the Lockerbie data centre will be the largest data centre in the world by some margin.
By way of comparison, data centre hosting provider Interxion operates 40,000 square meters of data centre space across 22 sites. The Lockerbie data centre will cover more than six times that area.
Wind power and a bio-mass generator (which burns organic matter as fuel) will make a ‘sustainable contribution’ to the power demands of the data centre, according to Lockerbie Data Centres, the company behind the project. As with the
However some observers are not convinced of
Commenting on Atlantis’s Pentland Firth project, Jeff Paschke of data centre analyst firm Tier1 Research asked: “Instead of investing $430 million in unproven tidal technology in an unproven data centre market, wouldn’t it make more sense to invest in data centres in proven top markets with strong data centre demand and supply?”
IT in a cold climate
There is a compelling argument for picking
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