Date Created: 28 June 2011
The UK has been named as one of the lowest risk destinations in the world to locate a data centre, thanks to factors such as a stable infrastructure, ease of doing business, fast international bandwith and a low probability of natural disasters occurring.
The Data Centre Risk Index, produced by global real estate experts, Cushman and Wakefield, ranks 20 countries across the world according to the top risks likely to affect the successful operation of a data centre.
The UK is named as the fifth lowest risk location in the world in terms of data centre placement.
Other major European competitors, such as France and the Netherlands came in at 9th and 13th respectively, whilst Ireland was 17th in the list of 20 countries.
Scotland, within the UK, is an especially attractive data centre location due to lower temperatures offering substantial power savings for companies, with overall costs up to 20-30 percent lower than other European locations.
Huge multinational companies such as IBM, JP Morgan, Oracle, Fujitsu, Dell and NCR have all located major data centre operations or software centres in Scotland.
The UK as a whole is a particularly attractive data centre location due to being ‘a major world economy and an important financial hub’ – whilst Scotland is seen to be ideal thanks to the cooler temperatures and proximity to London.
Scotland is also leading Europe in the renewable power revolution by setting its renewable energy targets to 100 percent of the country’s needs by 2020 and is well on the way to achieving this.
Find out other reasons why locating your data centre in Scotland could be good for your business