The evolution of brightsolid

Since 1995 brightsolid has provided people and businesses with online solutions that enable them to live and work digitally.

Transforming the experience of digital

brightsolid started life in 1995 as Scotland Online as an internet service provider and website design company, providing enterprises of all sizes with internet connectivity and a diverse portfolio of website design, development and hosting.

Recognised entrepreneur, Chris Van Der Kuyl joined Scotland Online in 2008 and transformed the organisation into ‘brightsolid online innovation’, nurturing two strands:

  • brightsolid online technology. The core operating area of the business and provider of innovative cloud solutions and data centre services to large enterprises.
  • brightsolid online publishing. Serving the consumer market with genealogy and family history records delivered through the technical expertise of it’s online technology sister.

The brightsolid divisions grew significantly within their own markets (cloud hosting for the enterprise and family history for the consumer). This led to their financial split, operating independence and the departure of Chris Van Der Kuyl in 2013.

brightsolid online publishing has since been renamed as DC Thomson Family History and remains a customer of brightsolid online technology. DC Thomson Family History continues to serve the consumer market with historical family records delivered through various brands and their websites.

Now brightsolid, with complete ownership of the brightsolid brand, advances within the enterprise cloud market, delivering business critical applications from Tier 3 data centres to their key markets, identified as Energy, Enterprise and Public Sector.


brightsolid today

Secure cloud hosting and data centres

brightsolid are cloud and application hosting specialists that own and operate UK data centres. Wholly owned by DC Thomson, brightsolid represent the digital, innovative arm of the Dundee based multinational.

Headquartered in Dundee with offices in Edinburgh and London, brightsolid provide innovative IT solutions to a diverse customer portfolio, from the FTSE100’s to innovative start-ups.

You can learn more about brightsolid by visiting our main website here.