DataVita â Scotlandâs largest data centre and cloud services provider â has invested in new infrastructure and capabilities to host the high-performance computing (HPC) workloads, supporting the exponential growth of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.
This marks a significant milestone, allowing for the hosting of high-density workloads at DataVita's DV1 facility in Lanarkshire â a first for Scotland. As one of the UK's most energy-efficient data centres, the facility now boasts the capacity to accommodate up to 100kW per rack for air cooling and up to 400kW per rack for liquid cooling. This enhancement significantly exceeds the capabilities of standard racks, providing essential support for the requirements of HPC, and represents a major leap forward for the Scottish data centre market.
According to the US International Trade Administration, the UKâs AI market is currently valued at over Â£16.9 billion and it is estimated to add Â£803.7 billion to the UK economy by 2035. Alongside the accelerated adoption of generative AI models such as ChatGPT over the last year, DataVita said it has witnessed a huge surge in the volume of enquiries for high-capacity hosting and is already in talks with a number of globally significant tech providers.
The higher proportion of renewable sources in Scotland's energy mix means there is a much lower carbon footprint associated with hosting data centres in the country com