Scotland’s largest ever data centre is being launched, capable of handling the country’s vast data storage and processing needs as it moves into an increasingly digital future.
The Pyramids Data Centre in Bathgate, West Lothian, will provide the capacity to support the public and private sectors as they continue their transition to agile and cost effective working practices – including utilising cloud infrastructure.
Strategically located on the M8 motorway just outside Edinburgh, the 93-acre Pyramids Data Centre is easily accessible from both the capital and Glasgow. The facility will be developed in three phases and will provide 250,000ft2 of flexible, modular and scalable technical space, with the potential for up to 500,000ft2.
The size of the facility ensures it will be capable of handling the data storage and processing requirements of the largest of organisations and is likely to prove vital for the continued growth of Scotland’s technology sector.
Steven McGarva, director at Ashfield Land, explains: “Having owned the Pyramids for the past year or so and examined a number of options for its future it is clear that we need to invest and be at the heart of Scotland’s digital economy.
“With such investment, the Pyramids presents a unique opportunity, given its scale, power supply and data infrastructure, to create a campus style data centre and digital hub.
“The need for regional data centres will continue to grow as demand for quicker access to data from businesses and consumers increases and technology improves.”
Steven adds: “This is a natural progression for the site taking it from a manufacturing centre in the 1990s through to a call centre and now into the digital age.
“As the Scottish data centre market grows and becomes more sophisticated, it will become more and more important for Scottish based companies to support these services locally.”
The Pyramids Data Centre meets all the technical requirements demanded from a Tier 3 facility and is served by an 18MVA power supply and has access to multiple high speed fibre network providers and Tier 1 long haul operators.
Plans are currently being developed to power the centre with on site renewable energy to improve PUE and reduce power consumption charges.
Security is a priority for any data centre and the Pyramids will provide dual entrance gates, anti-climb fencing, infrared beams, round the clock site and CCTV security and will be completely separate from the main business park.