Commsworld delivers pure fibre network to Fortis data centre

Scotland's £200m Fortis data centre located near Newhouse in North Lanarkshire is now live through Commsworld's gigabit capable pure fibre network.

The agreement will enable Scotland's independent network operator to offer the services of the low-energy, renewables powered facility to its 2,500 clients, offering a latency performance between Fortis to Glasgow and Edinburgh of one millisecond or less.

Gareth Lush, commercial director at DataVita, the company set up to operate Fortis, said: "Scotland is ready for a next-generation data centre. We have a thriving IT industry but we are lacking the data centres to support this fully, resulting in valuable investment and jobs going outside of Scotland."

The 100,000 sqft, 2000-rack facility is expected to create 50 skilled jobs over five years and DataVita is highlighting to potential customers the scope for a 40% reduction in power costs, and up to 95% reduction in carbon emissions.

Chief executive of Commsworld, Ricky Nicol, said: "In Fortis, Scotland is getting a data centre befitting the market and I believe its services will have a major positive impact within the business community.

"The term 'future-proofing' tends to get overused, but this data centre will do exactly that for Scotland's many businesses and organisations, as demand for digital storage services continue to surge."

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