£800m Scottish Data Centre Project Goes Ahead

The Scottish council of Dumfries and Galloway has received documents related to a £800 million data centre that could create up to 1000 new jobs in the region.

The plans for the huge project were submitted by the Lockerbie Data Centres in a bid to build one of the world's largest data centres and comes after another similar application for a nearby site from Internet Villages International was announced back in 2007.

The IVI project, which will be located in the north of Lockerbie, is expected to house a whopping 20 data centres and cost north of £600 million although some estimates put it at nearly £1.2 billion.

The Scottish construction project comes amidst industrywide predictions that nearly 90 percent of data centre storage worldwide will be occupied by 2010 and the £800 million enterprise seeks to corner a fraction of the market.

More than 1000 permanent jobs are expected to be created on the site with another 1000 temporary long-term construction jobs. The data centre compound will also include high tech office space, a business park and up to 750 new homes as part of a sustainable village.

Scotland has also been targeted by Microsoft as the company partnered with IT Firm Alchemy Plus to announce at £20 million "cloud computing" data centre in Inverness that should come in operation by the end of 2010 creating 400 new jobs in the area.

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Our Comments

Scotland's weather makes it ideal for Data Centres. The region has very cheap land and has a relatively cool climate which means that cooling costs will be low. Also Scotland has affordable energy prices thanks to local wind farms, tidal waves power generators as well as biomass production. The site selected for both data centres is also well served by great motorway and rail links and has easy access to cheap bandwidth.

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