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Scotland’s Digital Future: Report on the current landscape for Data Hosting and Data Centres in the Scottish Public Sector

Scotland’s Digital Future: Report on the current landscape for Data Hosting and Data Centres in the Scottish Public Sector

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

ISBN: 9781784124403

This report sets out the findings of a review of the public sector data centre landscape. The landscape review was the first phase of the project to deliver the data hosting and data centre strategy published in April 2014. The findings in this report reflects the evidence gathered in quarters 1 and 2 in 2013. The input and analysis of the information gathered from stakeholders guided the direction taken to produce the Data Hosting and Data Centre Strategy for the Scottish public sector.

Executive Summary

Scotland’s Digital Future: Delivery of Public Services set out an objective of developing a National strategy for the public sector’s data storage focusing on consolidation and re-use.

This reflected a recommendation in the Review of ICT Infrastructure in the Public Sector in Scotland report by John McClelland which suggested that significant efficiency and energy savings could be achieved through consolidation.

In reaching its conclusions evidence was gathered from a number of sources including:

• a survey circulated throughout the public sector

• Digital Public Services road show workshops

• an advisory group convened for the review

• meetings with a number of organisations from both the public & private sector

• discussions with other countries Governments

• visits to a number of data centres