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Scotland’s leading independent colocation provider, ScoLocate, acquired by Pulsant

Pulsant adds tenth datacentre, strengthening its position as a leading provider of managed IT services from its own datacentres in the UK

ScoLocate, Scotland’s leading independent colocation provider, has been acquired by managed cloud, hosting and connectivity expert, Pulsant. The move boosts Pulsant’s operational scale and presence in Scotland and is part of a continued strategic growth programme to become one of the UK’s leading datacentre services providers.

All of ScoLocate’s existing 25 staff will join Pulsant’s 150-strong team of highly-skilled datacentre services personnel, further enhancing the delivery of its managed hosting, cloud infrastructure, managed network and colocation services.

ScoLocate’s datacentre in Edinburgh provides 75,000 sq ft of space and hosts over 30 telecommunication carriers, making it one of the most connected commercially available datacentres outside the M25.

The acquisition represents a significant step in the continued development of Pulsant. The combined business will have 240,000 sq ft of datacentre space, a total rack capacity in excess of 4,000, and will service over 3,000 public and private sector clients directly, and many thousands more indirectly.

This acquisition will bring Pulsant’s nationwide network of colocation data centres up to 10, positioning it as a leading supplier of datacentre services in the UK. The expanding network will give customers greater choice by allowing them to access multiple regional datacentres offering a range of high availability options.

As Pulsant already owns a datacentre facility in Edinburgh, the addition of ScoLocate’s facility will make Pulsant the only supplier to be able to deliver services from wholly-owned dual sites in Scotland. This will allow it to better service the needs of those Scottish businesses who want to replicate systems and data securely across locations, without compromising latency.

The Pulsant management team is experienced in successful acquisition and operational integration, having formed Pulsant from the merger of Scottish company Lumison with DediPower and Blue Square Data. The further addition of ScoLocate brings the company’s combined 2012 revenue to over £40 million.

Mark Howling, CEO of Pulsant, comments, “ScoLocate is a fantastic acquisition for Pulsant – and a great fit in terms of culture, customer-centric approach and facilities. Not only does it support our business growth in Scotland, it also adds to our UK datacentre presence by adding outstanding network connectivity and additional capacity. At the same time, it provides us with a strong team of like-minded, highly skilled individuals who are experts in supporting datacentre services. This moves us further towards our goal of being the datacentre services partner of choice for UK businesses.”

Managing Director of ScoLocate, Roy Maxwell, highlights the acquisition’s collective benefits to existing customers and staff: “As part of Pulsant, ScoLocate will be able to offer a broader range of services, and increased options for resilience, not just within Scotland but across the UK. As part of a bigger family with more resources, our Scottish team will have greater career opportunities and more scope for personal development while retaining the same dynamic, customer-focused culture which has been central to both companies’ success.”

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