Covid tech transformation doubles revenues at Scottish data centre
Digital transformation driven by the pandemic has seen a Scottish data centre and multi-cloud services provider more than double its revenues in the last year.
The contracted revenues of DataVita – part of the commercial property group HFD – increased from £15 million to £31m during the year to the end of June.
According to the company, Covid-19 saw a wide-range of organisations invest in their IT systems, placing an emphasis on resilience and sustainability, and in many cases, moving to cloud services and shutting down their internal data centres.
DataVita’s growth comes after a number of new contract wins across the company’s mix of cloud, connectivity, co-location, and managed IT services, in both the public and private sectors.
Danny Quinn, managing director of DataVita, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic placed unprecedented pressure on companies’ IT systems and the digital infrastructure we all rely on. We supported some significant migration projects during the deepest spell of lockdown and it was impressive to see customers drive so much change during an incredibly challenging time. The level of digital transformation we have seen in the past 18 months would normally have taken years.”
Earlier this year, DataVita announced it had boosted its offering with the acquisition of the Fortis Data Centre in Bellshill, North Lanarkshire, supporting its expansion and adding to the “flexibility and scope” of its services.
The company said it planned to further enhance its green credentials by taking the facility off-grid and generating its own electricity from wind and battery-powered back-up systems.
DataVita became the first Scottish IT business to sign the ‘climate neutral data centre pact’ in 2021.
Quinn added: “More organisations are placing an emphasis on green IT, which is something we have embedded within our strategy for the data centre and the services we provide. While it was an important topic prior to the pandemic, it is now driving the end result for a lot of companies, rather than just being one of several influences.
“There is still a degree of uncertainty as restrictions continue to be lifted. However, we are well placed to support our customers through the months and years ahead and have a strong pipeline of prospects in Scotland and the wider UK to maintain our growth.”