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DataVita acquires Fortis data centre with £45 million backing

DataVita, Scotland’s largest data centre and multi-cloud services provider, has acquired the Fortis data centre in Lanarkshire with £45m of support from parent company HFD Group.

The company will now take full ownership of Scotland’s only purpose-built facility from a syndicate of private investors.

DataVita has operated the data centre since 2016 and was its first occupier, providing data and cloud services to businesses and public sector organisations.

Fortis is the largest and only data centre of its kind in Scotland, supporting critical IT services for an estimated two million people across the country.

The acquisition concludes the first phase of DataVita’s strategy for the facility, which when complete should see it valued at £160m.

The purchase will also support DataVita’s drive to enhance the data centre’s green credentials.

Earlier this year, it became the first Scottish IT company to sign the Climate Neutral Data Centre Pact and announced plans to take the facility off-grid, generating its own electricity from wind and battery-powered back-up systems.

It will equally support DataVita’s – and the wider HFD Group’s – growth, adding to the flexibility of its service offering.

In 2019, the company booked a 76% increase in revenues and was appointed to the Scottish Government cloud services framework, allowing it to offer public sector organisations access to a range of cloud and data centre facilities.

Danny Quinn, managing director of DataVita, said: “The deal for Fortis has been enabled by DataVita’s success over the last few years, from more or less a standing start.

“We can now accelerate our plans to drive the data centre’s environmental and wider ESG focus, open up new opportunities with our existing clients, and support our market competitiveness and ability to work with larger users of IT services across the UK.

“As the disruption caused by Covid-19 continues and our economy and society rely more than ever on digital infrastructure, DataVita is in a strong position to support the IT and data needs of businesses and public sector services in a secure and sustainable way.”

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