DataVita, Scotland’s largest data centre and multi-cloud services provider, has completed the acquisition of the Fortis data centre.
The purchase, which is supported by £45 million in funding from HFD Group, will see DataVita take full ownership of the facility from a syndicate of private investors.
DataVita has operated the data centre since 2016 and was the facility’s first occupier, providing data centre and cloud services to businesses and public sector organisations.
Based in Lanarkshire, the Fortis data centre is Scotland’s only purpose-built, Uptime Institute tier III certified facility. The centre provides critical IT services for an estimated two million people across Scotland.
DataVita said the acquisition concludes the first phase of its strategy for the facility, which when complete will see it valued at £160 million. The purchase will also support the firm’s drive to enhance the data centre’s green credentials.
Earlier this year, DataVita 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.
Commenting on the acquisition, DataVita managing director Danny Quinn 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.”
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Quinn noted that that acquisition will also support DataVita’s – and the wider HFD Group’s – growth and further broaden the scope 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.
He added: “From a wider HFD Group perspective, it underlines our support for, and investment in, IT services for our existing and prospective occupiers.
“Property and IT are becoming intrinsically linked and our strength on both fronts – and ability to offer everything from businesses space to connectivity and cyber security – is a powerful offering to businesses and public sector organisations alike.
“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.”