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Facility will improve Scotland's connectivity

Glenrothes data centre closer to fruition

Alan OConnorA giant data centre at Queensway Park in Glenrothes has moved closer after receiving consent from the local authority.

Queensway Park will be the largest co-location data centre campus in Scotland with a development value approaching £100 million.

It will be home to two cloud hosting facilities, the first covering 90,000 sq ft and expected to be ready at the end of 2016.

The company behind the development, Queensway Park Data Centres says it will help plug Scotland’s shortage of data centres.  There are only seven co-location facilities in Scotland and 214 in the rest of the UK. This equates to 3.62 data centres per million of population in England and Wales against only 1.3 per million in Scotland.

Queensway Park Data Centres is a joint venture between AOC Group and County Properties Group, which is one of Scotland’s longest established private property companies run by Edinburgh based Ronnie Urquhart.

They have worked closely with the Invest in Fife team and say this is the next generation in data centre technology which will help Scotland compete globally as more data moves to the cloud.

Queensway Park Data Centres director Alan O’Connor (pictured) said: “Interest in the Fife facility has been strong and although we are building towards shared or co-location facilities, we are not ruling out the possibility of a single user requirement for either phase.”

Most of the world’s leading software companies have or are in the process of developing cloud based applications.

The facility will draw power from the adjacent RWE Innogy biomass plant which is the largest built to date in the UK producing up to 65 mega watts of electricity. Most of the plant’s fuel comes in the form of wood waste with a small proportion from sustainable forestry.

The vast majority of existing data centres will not be equipped to handle the mass increase in data anticipated by 2020. Analysts predict there will be 35 billion mobile devices connected to the internet alone. Data centres must be capable of feeding information seamlessly across analytical platforms where it can be used constructively in business and everyday life.

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