UK first for Scotland’s DataVita

DataVita, the company launching Scotland’s first purpose-built datacentre, has been awarded Tier 3 certification by the Uptime Institute for the construction of its Fortis facility, becoming the first dedicated co-location provider in the UK to achieve the classification.

With the aim of running a world-class co-location datacentre, the company achieved design certification last year and plans the same for operational sustainability in the next 12 months.

Up to global standards

It said that the latest certification gives customers the assurance that the facility has been constructed to standards set by the Uptime Institute, globally recognised as the benchmark for datacentre reliability and effectiveness.

The process included live testing of the mechanical and electrical performance of the facility under real-world conditions, from component failure to total loss of power to the site, as well as other rigorous tests.

Commitment to transparancy

“We want DataVita to stand out in the UK co-location market for innovation and quality. Achieving construction certification with TUI means we are unique,” said Danny Quinn, DataVita’s managing director.

“Self-certification by co-location datacentres to a tier standard is prevalent in the industry and causes unnecessary confusion for customers.

“There is added confusion of certifying the design only of the datacentre, and continuing to claim compliance to the standard once it has been constructed. DataVita’s commitment to quality and transparency ensures customers can make an informed decision based on fact.”

Final occupier fit out of phase one of the Fortis datacentre was completed recently and customers are installing their equipment this month ready to go live on 3 October.