Inter Company / Industry Collaboration, Co-Opitition, Cooperation Is all Marketing/PR speak without C Level “Engagement”

Originally posted on LinkedIn Business Strategies by Garry Connolly

Co-OpititionWe hear of the term “friendly competition” a lot. But generally, when it comes to business, competition is competition and there seems to be no room for friendliness, let alone collaborate. It does not matter if the business is geared towards products or services; competition exists because of similar goals, target market and the notion that only the best will thrive. Read more

Equinix Report Finds Common Ground Between Ireland-Based Companies and FDI Multinational Enterprises When Selecting Digital Hosting Environments

business-17686_640Recently, Equinix, the global interconnection and data center company, decided to take a closer look at the data hosting market in Ireland and commissioned a survey that appeared in TechPro Magazine. The results, released earlier this month, revealed striking similarities between the priorities of Ireland-based companies and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) multinational enterprises when seeking a data center for hosting digital assets. Read more

Hibernia Networks Completes $165 Million Financing

Originally posted on Hibernia Networks

Substantially lowers cost of capital and provides incremental liquidity

HiberniaNETWORK_logo4c_hiresDUBLIN, IRELAND – June 1, 2016 – Hibernia Networks, a leading provider of global, high speed telecommunications solutions, announces that it has completed a $165 million senior secured credit facility with a new lender group. The refinancing will be used to pay down existing indebtedness of $97 million, as well as provide incremental liquidity to fund organic and inorganic strategic initiatives in support of the company’s continued growth and expansion. The new lender group is led by MUFG, and includes ING Capital, Citizens Bank, HSBC, and CIT. Read more

Experience Host in Ireland’s ‘Irish Pavilion’ at Datacloud Europe 2016 in Monaco, June 8-9

Originally posted on TelecomNewsroom

Data-Cloud-EuropeHost in Ireland, a strategic global initiative created to increase awareness of the benefits of hosting digital assets in Ireland, will have a big presence at Datacloud Europe 2016, taking place June 8-9 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. Host in Ireland will be a Gold Sponsor of this year’s conference and alongside partner companies Future-Tech, Cork Internet Exchange, IDA Ireland, Primary Integration. Additionally, CBRE will be a featured organization in the “Irish Pavilion,” an exhibit focused on the advantages of the Irish hosting ecosphere. Read more

IoT will have a huge impact on the data centre industry, says Interxion

Originally posted by – John Kennedy on Silicon Republic

Jelle Frank van der Zwet, director of Interxion's of Business Development and Marketing, Cloud Segment

Jelle_Frank_Interxion-718x523The internet of things (IoT) is expected to have a huge impact on the data centre industry in terms of data, analytics and volume, and the interconnected data centre will play a starring role, says Jelle Frank van der Zwet from Interxion.

Interxion recently announced it is to build its third Irish data centre on the outskirts of Dublin, which will be due for completion in Q4 2016.

Van der Zwet manages the pan-European marketing and product development programme for Interxion’s fast-growing cloud community.

He has more than 12 years of experience working in ICT product and business development.

According to Van der Zwet, the role of data centres in IT is changing.

To read the full article, view it on the Silicon Republic website here.

Standing Out in the Cloud

Originally posted to Equinix by Maurice Mortell,

cloud-1Garry Connolly is president of Host in Ireland, an organization dedicated to promoting Ireland as an optimum location to host digital assets. I spoke with him about what makes the country stand out from the crowd. We also talked about how Irish customers stand to benefit from Equinix’s recent acquisition of TelecityGroup. Read more

The Power of Three: Improving IT Costs and Resiliency

Originally posted by – Jason Rafkind, Senior Sales Engineer, on Digital Realty

the-power-of-three-to-improve-it-costs-and-resiliency-blog-1030x515As the world has become more connected, those connections have changed our lives. Twenty-five years ago, mobile phones were just emerging and a 29 pound Kaypro was seen as the portable computer. The manufacturer described it as “luggable.” You still needed to go to the bank to deposit a check, go to the store to buy birthday presents, and use a paper map to find your way to somewhere new. A lot has happened in 25 years. The mobile phone is now a lot more powerful than the Kaypro and with it your access to services is nearly limitless. You can pay bills while waiting in line for a restaurant table, close your garage door 10 minutes after you leave your house, turn the heat up in your home when you touch down at your local international airport, or even organize a flash mob. This capability has woven its way into our social and business fabrics and with the Internet of Things (IoT) ramping up, adoption will only increase. Read more

What Makes Ireland the Ultimate Data Centre Capital of Europe?

Originally posted on Silicon Republic We regularly hear that Ireland has established itself as the ‘data capital of Europe’ with many of the world’s largest tech companies basing data centres here, but what exactly do we know about them? Click to read our complete collection of Data Week features Ronan Harris, head of Google Ireland, recently described the country as the data capital of Europe and, going by industry reports, it’s hard to disagree. Specifically, a detailed report published by global data analyst group 451 Advisors in 2013 predicted that Ireland’s data centre industry would overtake UK and mainland Europe locations with a growth rate of 18pc over the coming years.

What makes a good data centre?

One of the key factors why Ireland is seen as a good location to establish vast warehouses full of servers is down to the cold weather that many of us complain about on a regular basis. Additionally, you’ll find most Irish data centres clustered along the M50 motorway, which mirrors the route of the T50 fibre trunking system running from north to west Dublin. Click to find out more about Inspirefest 2016 While cooling and connectivity are essential for operations, there are other technical standards that comprise Irish, and indeed, any data centres. For example, square footage and energy usage contributes to what standard a data centre finds itself in. One such standard scrutinised by potential clients is power usage effectiveness (PUE), which divides the total facility energy into its IT equipment energy with the most ideal score being 1.0. To close out Data Week, Siliconrepublic.com has compiled available information on 33 multinational and indigenous companies hosting data in Ireland. To read the full article, view it on the Silicon Republic website here.

“Ireland, Data’s Gateway to Europe” Event to Converge Leading Authorities on EU-US Data Protection

By: Garry Connolly, President & Founder of Host in Ireland Secure data transmission is critical when hosting digital assets abroad, especially in a time when data breaches run rampant and threats grow more sophisticated with each passing day. Of equal importance is the notion of corporations respecting individuals’ right to privacy and protecting their personal data as information is transferred from country to country. To regulate the way that U.S. companies exported and handled the personal data of European citizens, the United States Department of Commerce and the European Union established the Safe Harbor policy agreement in November 2000. However, due to concerns surrounding American government authorities gaining access to Europeans’ online information, it was deemed invalid by the European Court of Justice in its ruling on October 6, 2015. As a response to the invalidation of the Safe Harbor Framework, the European Commission and United States recently agreed upon the EU-US Privacy Shield, a new framework for transatlantic data transmission. This change will directly affect many companies hosting internationally, and as the Privacy Shield remains under analysis by the European Commission’s Article 29 Working party, data transfer has become somewhat of an intricate process. Until the EU completes its analysis, related complaints are being dealt with on a case-by-case basis and outside transfer mechanisms, such as Standard Contractual Clauses and Binding Corporate Rules, are being utilized in the interim to transfer data to the U.S. Though international data protection grows increasingly complex, Ireland is well- prepared to provide companies with the necessary resources to maintain compliance and succeed in their international hosting endeavors. As a superior hosting location, Ireland attracts companies of all sizes and markets thanks to its representation of the five fundamental principles of digital asset hosting: Policy, Pedigree, People, Power and Pipes, or the 5 Ps. With the recent uncertainty surrounding EU-US data protection, understanding the nuances of compliance is critical to remaining competitive, and Host in Ireland has made it their mission to help companies navigate these shifting waters by converging some of the leading authorities in the field to address the topic at its “Ireland, Data’s Gateway to Europe” event. Featuring a special presentation by Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner, Helen Dixon, this marquee event, taking place at the Embassy of Ireland in Washington D.C. on April 6, 2016 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm, will examine the changing data protection landscape throughout Europe as well as EU-US Safe Harbor framework and EU-US Privacy Shield updates. In addition to Ms. Dixon, additional featured speakers at “Ireland, Data’s Gateway to Europe” include Emmanuel Dowdall, Executive VP/Director North America at IDA Ireland, Buddy Rizer, Executive Director of Loudoun County’s Department of Economic Development and Garry Connolly, President and Founder of Host in Ireland. If you would like to register for this event free of charge, please contact marketing@hostinireland.com. If you are interested in learning more about the Host in Ireland initiative, visit www.hostinireland.com.