Data centre providers team up to bridge ‘digital divide’

Richard Higgs, chief executive of Dundee-based Brightsolid. Picture: Contributed
Richard Higgs, chief executive of Dundee-based Brightsolid. Picture: Contributed
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Scottish data centre operators Brightsolid and DataVita have joined forces in a bid to improve the country’s digital infrastructure.

The two firms said the partnership would help close a “digital divide” between the Central Belt and north of Scotland, offering faster communication and opening up access to cloud computing for more companies.

Richard Higgs, chief executive of Dundee-based Brightsolid, which last year opened a £5 million data centre in Aberdeen, said: “This partnership with DataVita delivers a critical digital infrastructure for Scotland to help equality in communications.”

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“This new infrastructure enables us to close a digital divide by providing businesses of all sizes and security compliance with secure data, cloud and communication services with value for money, collaboration and environmental benefit in mind.”

DataVita operates the £200m Fortis data centre at Chapelhall in North Lanarkshire, and commercial director Gareth Lush said: “Being selected by Brightsolid as their data centre partner in central Scotland is a real endorsement.

“Quality and security are our priority at every level and partnering with Brightsolid means our service offering is now completely unique. The collaboration means increased security and connectivity with greater access to data and cloud services for our customers.”