STORE YOURSELF FOREVER

in the heart of Poblenou

Why La Escocesa


Imagine a Cloud inside a completely refurbished historic textile factory. Imagine yourself paying our commited IT personnel a visit while keeping an eye on your watch, lest you miss the exclusive art gallery opening round the corner. It's data with a punk, arty twist. It's La Escocesa.

Weaving data, keeping it cool

Discover a fully managed delivery platform with attitude

Services


Cloud smashing

Operational control of cloud resource provisioning. Accelerate your ambition.

Hosting like a muse

Unique solutions tailored to you and your uniqueness. You believe - we deliver.

Boho analytics

Who needs uncertainty? Give me optimized micro-segmentation any day.

Timeline


XVIII century

Poblenou, a marshy area between the old Barcelona and the Besos river, is drained.

Jan 08, 1720

1852

Textile activity starts at La Escocesa in Pere IV, Poblenou.

Mar 14, 1852

1998

La Escocesa textile factory closes down.

Feb 10, 1998

2000

22@Barcelona, the Innovation District, starts life.

May 09, 2000

2016

La Escocesa's transformation into a cutting-edge data center is complete.

Oct 11, 2016

2017

La Escocesa Data launches. Tomorrow starts here.

Nov 24, 2017

Articles


Welcome To Our Heterotopia

Welcome To Our Heterotopia

When we found La Escocesa, it was struggling as a collection of downbeat art studios. We gave it a vision and a room full of ice-cool server racks. The rest will be history.

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Humans want to be contained: a report written by an algorithm

Humans want to be contained: a report written by an algorithm

The beauty of data is that, once you have an inordinate amount of it, you can unleash your algorithms on it and see what palpitating bits they bring you back, clasped in their mouths.

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How To Turn Your Local Church Into A Data Centre

How To Turn Your Local Church Into A Data Centre

Torre Girona chapel in Barcelona, turned into the Barcelona Supercomputing Center.

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The Music Of The Digital Spheres Will Be Played On A Tube

The Music Of The Digital Spheres Will Be Played On A Tube

We are all tethered to an omnipresent, unfailing network: air.

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The Guts Of Poblenou

The Guts Of Poblenou

The new guts of Poblenou are red and corrugated.

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One Column Of Air, Many Mouths

One Column Of Air, Many Mouths

A video recording of a music performance by our resident artist and musician friends.

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Songs


F.A.Q


Was coding born in a textile factory?

You could say so. Frenchman Joseph Marie Jacquard invented in 1804 a method of programming power looms with perforated cards. It revolutionised the textile industry but also set a milestone in the history of computing. Punchcards became the main format for data entry and computer programming, and remained in use in computing up until the mid 1980s. Hence our excitement at taking over La Escocesa, where Jacquard looms used to make a mighty and rather cool, hipster-friendly rattle.

How do you keep your server room cool?

While taking over La Escocesa's Espai M, the former art gallery space, we ensured total sealing of the perimeter. A raised technical floor was installed and advanced air cooling solutions implemented. The room is now at a constant temperature of 21 degrees Celsius.

What type of network topology do you believe in?

However much we were all revolutionaries when young, life has taught us that non-hierarchical networks are, to put it bluntly, a mess. We believe in keeping central control nodes in place as the only way to ensure safety, reliability and accountability. Decentralization and rhyzomatism breed only anarchy.

How do you feel about taking over a historic textile factory in Poblenou?

We feel great! Poblenou was at some point called 'the Catalan Manchester'. It was full of textile factories, but everything went downhill some 70 years ago and most were abandoned. Would you rather leave them as a pile of rubble or turn them into 21st century state-of-the-art digital facilities? Exactly.

Is the Internet a series of tubes?

United States Senator Ted Stevens was ridiculed in 2006 for describing the Internet as "a series of tubes", but in his 2013 book Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet, Wired Magazine contributor Andrew Blum explains that Senator Stevens wasn't that wrong. The internet is as much a thing of flesh and steel as any industrial-age lumber mill or factory, with its very physical junctions, cables and locations. That's what we bring to the table: a very physical, up-and-coming, shit-hot location where you can loosen your tie and give your data needs some boho chic.

How many musical notes can you get out of an air conditioning pipe?

So far our resident artist has been able to play some basic melodies blowing air con pipes, but we're confident his range will expand as his skills progress. Please see the 'Songs' section in this website.

What does 'hechos cisco' mean in Spanish?

To be a wreck, to be in pieces. Why?

What kind of tomorrow starts here?

The best kind. One that sees data power delivered across platforms seamlessly. One that maximises application performance while achieving pervasive security.

TOMORROW STARTS HERE

Contact


  • Carrer de Pere IV, 345, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain