DataVita confirms plans for £8 million expansion to Fortis data centre

Danny Quinn

DATAVITA has announced plans to expand the capacity of its Fortis data centre, as the company continues to invest amid growing demand for its services and infrastructure.

Scotland’s largest data centre and multi-cloud services provider has invested £8 million in adding an extra 400 racks to the data centre, taking Fortis up to 1,500 sqm of technical space. The expansion also opens up the opportunity provide a further 3,000 sqm in the future.

Combined with DataVita’s plans to deliver Scotland’s first metro data centre at 177 Bothwell Street in Glasgow, the company revealed it is delivering an additional 550 racks of capacity in central Scotland.

The Fortis expansion is part of the second phase of DataVita’s long-term fit-out of the facility, with the company completing the first phase in 2017.

DataVita took full ownership of the data centre in 2021 and plans to take Fortis off-grid, generating its own electricity from wind and battery-powered back-up systems. Last year DataVita also became the first Scottish IT business to sign the Climate Neutral Data Centre Pact.

The facility uses ‘free cooling’ technology, which harnesses Scotland’s natural climate to maintain ‘optimum’ temperatures, instead of air conditioning and refrigerant units. The centre’s current power usage effectiveness (PUE) is 1.18, compared to an industry average of 2.0.

Danny Quinn, MD of DataVita, said, “The expansion of Fortis is part of our long-term plan for the facility and underlines our commitment to providing the best and most energy efficient data services to private, public, and third sector organisations across Scotland. Sustainability is high on the agenda for IT and that has only become even more the case with energy price increases and the recent hot weather.

“Many companies are now no longer able to accept the cost of running their own data centre services, and the steps we have already taken to use renewable energy and make our facility as efficient as possible has driven more interest in our offering. The additional capacity at Fortis will ensure we can support more organisations with their IT infrastructure, along with our own growth and plans to make the facility even more efficient in the future.”