Scotland should court data centres

Sunday 30th September 2007

A major supplier of networking equipment & network
management for the Internet, Cisco is urging business
to choose Scotland as their new build data centres

27 September, 2007                                                                                      

Cisco is urging businesses to choose Scotland when they decide on a location for new data centre builds,accordingto Colin Baxter of who reports the networking giant says that Scotland
is more than capable of satisfying the huge demand for power and space that would be needed.

According to Cisco's director for Ireland and Scotland, Gordon Thomson,  the message is coming just as companies start to run short of space and energy "We see a period of opportunity now that will last for 24 to 36 months,"
Thomson said.

Cisco has been seeking the support of a number of politicians in its effort to promote Scotland as a suitable place for data centres, such as the SNP's John Swinney, who is also the cabinet secretary for finance and sustainable grown in the Scottish government.

Thomson believes that two benefits of Scotland are the relative stability of the weather and renewable energy sources, including an abundance of water and wind-power generation facilities. : "I think this could be a phenomenal play for Scotland. We could build you a data centre that is 100%  green. Wind and tidal energy are there in abundance. We have the telecoms infrastructure and the high-capacity networks. And we have a good, local skills base."

IT giants, including IBM, HP and NCR are long-time residents of Scotland. More recently, Dell has increased investment in the country.      


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