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Data Hosting and Data Centres

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Scotland’s Digital Future: Delivery of Public Services (DPS strategy) 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.

The publication of the data centre and data hosting strategy is a major milestone from the DPS strategy and reflects the outcome of a series of studies and extensive consultation with ICT Industry experts and public sector organisations to understand their current and future requirements.


Scotland's Digital Future: Data Hosting and Data Centre Strategy for the Scottish Public Sector


Cloud computing – Published August 2014

Virtualisation – Published February 2015

Colocation – Published February 2015

Data Hosting Tools

Completing the Data Hosting and Data Centre efficiency Assessment Tool, will provide public sector organisations with additional evidence to support high level business cases which when aligned with the principles of the data hosting strategy, will inform organisations of the most efficient and economical solutions for their services current and future.

The Scottish Public Sector Data Hosting and Data Centre Efficiency Assessment Tool - User Guide

The Scottish Public Sector Data Hosting and Data Centre Efficiency Assessment Tool

Data Hosting Procurement Framework

The new data hosting framework is now available, it covers a range of data hosting services including co-location, private cloud, public cloud and community cloud.  It allows organisations the option to store data by an external party as an alternative to internal hosting.  It is available to Central Government, the Health Sector, Local Authorities, Further and Higher Education, the Third Sector and other public bodies.

Here you can access the framework

Public sector colocation register

Colocation Register - To find public sector organisations who offer colocation services please search the colocation register.

Report on the existing landscape

The Report on the Public Sector Data Centre Landscape in 2013

It was clear from the findings that as technology evolves at a rapid rate, the public sector in Scotland needs to prioritise and adopt the use of cloud computing, virtualisation and co-location. The adoption of a consistent approach will enable organisations to achieve significant efficiency and energy savings using aggregated demand and economies of scale.

The strategy therefore sets out the vision and principles for data hosting and data centres that public sector organisations will adopt in moving to service consumption and cloud provision and away from an individual silo approach in line with their digital public services priorities.

It provides guidance and will continue to do so as implementation is progressed and lessons are learned.


For further information or to provide feedback on data hosting or data centres please email dps@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

For a more in-depth briefing, please read the full background note