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4 FUTURESCOT CYBERSECURITY DataVita’s datacentre employs multiple layers of security and resilience 28 April 2016 SECURITY l Automatic number plate recognition l Vehicle ‘air lock’ and anti-ram barrier l Twin anti-scale fences l Motion sensing CCTV & RFID cards l Three factor authentication and proximity alarms l 24x7 on premise security personnel QUALITY l TUI certified design with construction and operations planned l UK’s first life sciences and healthcare GxP compliant DC l Indirect, adiabatic free air cooling system l Energy efficient and carbon neutral l Independent power and back up fuel stores l Pioneering ‘cloud-enabled’ datacentre Where maximum security is taken to a whole new level Scotland’s first purposebuilt data centre sets new standards for safety and efficiency BY WILLIAM PEAKIN Chapelhall, near Airdrie, is not the first place you might think to retreat to in the event of the zombie apocalypse. But there is a building there, which, if you happened to know the right people, might just offer the chance of survival. It features motion-sensing CCTV, automatic number plate recognition (granted, your average zombie usually turns up on foot), twin anti-scale fences and a vehicle ‘airlock’ with anti-ram barrier (in the event of said zombies requisitioning an abandoned lorry). Inside, there are many more layers of security, overseen by police and military trained personnel, robust links with the outside world and enough independent power to last until even the most determined living dead lose interest. Back in the real world, the building is actually Fortis; Scotland’s first purpose-built data centre and the largest, energy efficient facility in the country, offering high quality colocation hosting and innovative cloud services. Public sector organisations, financial services companies, the NHS and life science firms will be able to store data and run applications in a secure, cost-efficient and carbonneutral environment. The facility has been designed and will be operated by DataVita, a Scottish company formed for the purpose last year. Particularly for local and central government in Scotland, the centre provides the first real opportunity to bring efficiency into its data hosting strategy, by offering a facility that is big, efficient and secure enough to allow consolidation of the myriad public sector datacentres in use. But DataVita has also designed the data centre to meet the highest standards of compliance in the financial and health sectors, allowing it to win national and international business for Scotland. The centre will also boost Scotland’s green energy credentials, running on renewable power and using a cooling system that is among the most energy efficient in the world. ONE MEASURE of a data centre is its ‘Power Usage Effectiveness’, or PUE. It is the multiplier of energy used over and above that to power the computer equipment (mostly that is cooling, but also lighting and any other power consumption). According to the Uptime Institute, the independent IT infrastructure organisation, the average data centre has a PUE of about 1.7. “The PUE at Fortis is 1.18,” said commercial director Gareth Lush, “meaning that the average public sector organisation could save around £200,000 annually on energy costs alone by moving away from trying to run inefficient in-house computer rooms to hosting their IT equipment with DataVita – and that’s before you look at other potential savings from space and staff time being freed up. “It is also unprecedented in terms of quality and security – it will be the first data centre in Scotland to achieve Tier III certification from the Uptime Institute for design, construction and sustainable operations.” DataVita goes live at the end of June and will employ up to 50 people. It’s a new business backed by a Scottish investor that was anticipating the future in diversifying its business, and two data centre experts – Lush and his business partner, operations director Danny Quinn; the brains behind the centre’s advanced features. They convinced the investor that it had the opportunity to build one of the most advanced, secure and efficient data centres in Europe and “bring to market a truly unqiue proposition,” said Lush. Currently, Scotland’s co-location data centre space (that is, available to other companies and organisations, as opposed to a firm’s private dedicated facility) is close to its limit; there are only seven in Scotland (whereas there are more than 50 just within the M25). Existing data centres in Scotland are also ‘retro-fitted’; adaptions of buildings previously used for another purpose. Fortis has been purpose built from the ground up (in fact, below ground also with secure, dedicated internet connections and back-up gVV