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Datavita to open Scotland’s first metro datacentre in Glasgow during Q3 2022

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Datacentre operator Datavita has built a server farm in Glasgow’s financial district

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Published: 10 Jun 2022 9: 45

Scottish datacentre operator Datavita is investing PS6m to build a 150-rack capacity server farm in Glasgow’s biggest office space to meet the needs of clients in the city’s International Financial Services District.

The company claims that the new building, located near a BT Exchange in Edinburgh, will become Scotland’s first metropolitan datacentre. It is expected to be operational by the third quarter of 2022.

The datacentre will be located at 177 Bothwell Street, which is a new office development built with the intention of creating the “most advanced office building” in Scotland by kitting it out with intelligent building management systems.

“The datacentre will support the tech, financial services and fintech sectors, along with city centre projects such as the roll-out of 5G and internet of things (IoT) networks,” the company said, in a statement.

A large part of the building has been pre-let to Virgin Money, a financial services company. Other potential tenants include BNP Paribas in France, CBRE, and Transport Scotland.

The Datavita managing director Danny Quinn hails the project as an “important part” of their plans for growth.

“Having the datacentre in the heart of the city will not only support the capabilities of 177 Bothwell Street, but will support the growing demand from telecoms, IoT and smart city technologies providers for quality datacentre services in the heart of Glasgow city centre,” he said.

Stephen Lewis, managing director at HFD Property Group, who oversaw the development of 177 Bothwell Street, said having a datacentre on-site will be a huge asset to the firms who set up shop there.

“Occupiers within 177 are able to locate their IT systems in a purpose-built datacentre within the building, benefitting from its inherent resilience and energy efficiency,” he said. “The datacentre will also provide the building with the IT infrastructure necessary for the many smart building technologies we are installing to make it operate as efficiently as possible.”

Business Minister Ivan McKee also welcomed the development, which he described as being aligned with the Scottish government’s commitment to encouraging more server farms to set up shop in the country.

“Located in the heart of the city, this facility will serve Glasgow’s International Financial Services District, together with technology businesses and the development of important innovation programmes including 5G and the internet of things,” he said.

“This will also support the objectives of Scotland’s National Strategy for Economic Transformation to create a more prosperous, more productive and more internationally competitive economy, helping to make Scotland fairer and greener.”

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We’re expecting the Google Pixel Watch to make its full debut on Thursday, October 6 – alongside the Pixel 7 and the Pixel 7 Pro – but in the meantime a major leak has revealed much more about the upcoming smartwatch.

Seasoned tipster @OnLeaks (opens in new tab) has posted the haul, which shows off some of the color options and band styles that we can look forward to next week. We also get a few shots of the watch interface and a picture of it being synced with a smartphone.

Watch faces are included in the leak too, covering a variety of different approaches to displaying the time – both in analog and digital formats. Another image shows the watch being used to take an ECG reading to assess heartbeat rate.

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If the leak is accurate, then we’ve got four silicone straps on the way: black, gray, white, and what seems to be a very pale green. Leather straps look to cover black, orange, green and white, while there’s also a fabric option in red, black and green.

We already know that the Pixel Watch is going to work in tandem with the Fitbit app for logging all your vital statistics, and included in the leaked pictures is an image of the Pixel Watch alongside the Fitbit app running on an Android phone.

There’s plenty of material to look through here if you can’t wait until the big day – and we will of course be bringing you all the news and announcements as the Google event unfolds. It gets underway at 7am PT / 10am ET / 3pm BST / 12am AEDT (October 7).


Analysis: a big moment for Google

It’s been a fair while since Google launched itself into a new hardware category, and you could argue that there’s more riding on the Pixel Watch than there is on the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro – as Google has been making phones for years at this point.

While Wear OS has been around for a considerable amount of time, Google has been leaving it to third-party manufacturers and partners to make the actual hardware. Samsung recently made the switch back to Wear OS for the Galaxy Watch 5 and the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, for example.

Deciding to go through with its own smartwatch is therefore a big step, and it’s clear that Google is envious of the success of the Apple Watch. It’s the obvious choice for a wearable for anyone who owns an iPhone, and Google will be hoping that Pixel phones and Pixel Watches will have a similar sort of relationship.

What’s intriguing is how Fitbit fits in – the company is now run by Google, but so far we haven’t seen many signs of the Fitbit and the Pixel lines merging, even if the Pixel Watch is going to come with support for the Fitbit app.

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