“A Winning Formula”

Originally posted on TelecityGroup.ie 

Maurice MortellMaurice Mortell, VP of emerging markets and country manager of TelecityGroup Ireland discusses the cover story of the Hub magazine, with Jamie Heaslip and discovers parallels between sport and business – especially in the growing trend of data-driven decision making

I have always loved sport, having played rugby for many years. It's hard to match the adrenaline buzz of good rugby match, which is one of the reasons that I am still an avid fan to this day. To me, sport offers a language and imagery that business readily understands. What CEO doesn’t want to get the best out of his team and beat the competition? Achieving those goals is often a matter of fine margins. Just as the smart coach closely watches the play and makes a match-winning substitution or tactical change, so the intelligent business manager increasingly uses data to drive the critical insight and gain better performance. Our cover story in this edition of the Hub magazine looks at the growing area of analytics as it’s applied to rugby – a sport where Ireland has enjoyed a lot of success on the field in recent years. Data analysis is becoming more widely used in Irish rugby, both to give management teams the insight to go with their instinct and to give fans a deeper understanding of the game. In business, the concept of data analysis is not actually new, although its influence in helping organisations to make better decisions has definitely increased of late. The technology has advanced, with the proliferation of connected devices, faster connectivity and improved data storage options. These forces combine to help businesses collect and store the right data and, through the correct analysis, organisations can identify patterns and can use this knowledge to build better products, services or make predictions about how their firm is likely to perform. Examples of analytics in action are close at hand. For instance, last year, Dublin City Council (DCC) announced a partnership with IBM Research as part of the Smart Cities initiative. Using data gathered from sensors across the city, along with geospatial information from over 1,000 buses, DCC analyses congestion along public transport routes and can respond with traffic calming measures. DCC claims this has already led to improved service for customers. It’s worth pointing out that it’s not enough to store terabytes of data just to produce a bar chart. Effective data-based decisions come from ongoing, structured data analysis. This requires a coherent structure and the right people who are capable of interpreting the data correctly. What’s more, the need to manage, manipulate and analyse data places rigorous demands on servers, storage and networks. A data centre can play a key role in keeping such data both accessible and secure. At TelecityGroup, our engineers are noticing more and more customers are availing of the advantages of a facility which enables customers to spin up servers for a specific analysis project. This way, the time to arrive at those good decisions is radically shortened, and businesses can benefit from the resulting insights much faster. Using an external data centre also provides organisations with an additional layer of security, which is especially important where sensitive business data or customer information may be involved. The data centre plays an important role in the field of data analytics. If you think of Apple's latest data centre announcement in Ireland, this data centre will produce services that are perfected through data analytics, powering online services such as the iTunes Store and Siri.  Apple is the most innovative, visionary and creative brand worldwide, with R&D spend hitting $1.6 billion in 2014. Apple is preparing for a future where the device – and the data it delivers – plays a central role. Now Ireland will play a role too, as its global reputation as the data centre location of choice is further reinforced. Let's hope our reputation for rugby follows suit!

Irish tech sector most popular with foreign talent, says LinkedIn

Originally posted on TechCentral on August 11, 2015 Software and hardware sectors take first and third places in top five for second quarter of 2015 Data released by LinkedIn today shows a net increase of 20% in the number of professionals coming to Ireland in the second quarter of 2015, with technology sector (divided into software and hardware) proving the biggest draw. Software and hardware occupied first and third places in the top five most attractive sectors to work in. Second place went to professional services, while healthcare & pharmaceuticals, and retail & consumer products rounded out the top five. Italy was the biggest net contributor of professionals to Ireland in the quarter accounting for 16% of arrivals, reflecting wider migration trend of Italian professionals to west and northern Europe. The only other EU country in the top five was France in third place with 13%. Latin America (14%), Asia (8%) and Eastern Europe/Balkans (8%) made up the rest of the list. In contrast the industries losing the most professionals in Ireland were in the financial services & insurance, architecture & engineering and manufacturing & industrial sectors. The countries that attracted the most talent from Ireland were the UK, United Arab Emirates, Germany and Saudi Arabia. Commenting on the data, LinkedIn senior director of international operations Sharon McCooey said: “According to our data, there’s an increased demand for talent in the Irish economy illustrated by the number of professionals moving to Ireland to take up positions, particularly in the technology sector. This reflects Ireland’s popularity as a place to do business, and the economic turnaround, which has seen more firms increase their headcount.” LinkedIn boasts 380 million members worldwide, including 1 million Irish members. Read more: http://www.techcentral.ie/4nsgb#ixzz3jkBBRfnp

Ireland and the IoT

Originally posted on the Innovation Enterprise by George Hill Ireland has become one of the biggest tech hubs in Europe during the last 5 years, pushing forward the IoT forward around the world. This has been due, in part, to the tax incentives given to high-tech companies which base their headquarters in the country, but the developments that are currently taking place there are truly impressive regardless. For instance: - Intel have developed their Quark chip in Ireland - S3 created the most energy efficient analogue to digital converter there - HP, SAP and Vodafone (amongst others) are looking at new opportunities in the country These are only some of the things happening in the emerald isle though, it has become one of the biggest technology hubs in the world and perhaps the most desirable place to base a multi-billion dollar company. This has led to some of the most forward thinking work in IoT technologies. But why are these companies all working in Ireland? Traditionally, this has been put down to the huge economic benefits that have come from Ireland's generous tax breaks. These have allowed companies to base themselves in the country and transfer billions of dollars in profits to tax havens. It meant that they could exploit the ‘Double Irish’ loophole to increase profits and pay only 12.5% corporate tax compared to the European average of 22.15% and North American average of 33.25%. However, companies are now claiming that although this is certainly a nice policy to have, it is not the single reason for a change in headquarters. After several successful years of the bill bringing companies to the country, this does make sense, especially as hundreds of companies made this leap, attracting some of the brightest tech minds to Ireland. It created a situation where the top graduates from around Europe would move to Ireland’s ‘Google Quarter’ to take advantage of the high tech companies in the area. Some of the companies based in the country include: - Apple - Dropbox - Google - Facebook - Microsoft This influx of tech-minded people has meant that fears for the tech industry due to Ireland's expected rise in corporate tax rates, seems to have been unfounded. In fact the rate of development within the country, especially surrounding IoT, has increased, showing a renewed excitement around the potential in the country. It is not only educated people from other areas of Europe who have come to Ireland for this though, we have also seen institutions within the country creating opportunities in the IoT, such as Cork Institute of Technology’s Nimbus Centre. Here they have experimented with creating smart objects that can be used with connected devices to allow for communication between them. In addition to this support, Ireland’s geography also has a major part to play as it sits only a 7 hour flight to the East Coast of the US and 2 hours to Berlin. It means that they are very well placed to deal with some of the biggest tech hubs around the world and act as the gateway between Europe and the US. The rate of development is only likely to increase in the future, and with this Ireland’s claim to be the IoT capital of Europe will only increase further.

Ireland’s Data Centre Boom

Originally posted by IDA Ireland IDA Ireland’s Leo Clancy discusses Ireland’s competitive advantages and position as a digital asset hosting location. When it comes to attracting the world’s best and most efficient data centres, Ireland’s competitive advantages are proving irresistible for the world’s top technology companies, writes Leo Clancy head of Technology, Content and Business Services.Apple
Apple always grabs headlines so when the tech superstar announced its new €850 million, 120,000 sq metre data centre in Co Galway on Ireland’s west coast it garnered massive media attention. This is continuing a significant recent trend. Dublin is already home to one of the largest clusters of data centres in Europe, with large-scale operations, including the likes of Google, Microsoft, Amazon and now Apple. Data centre operators, such as TeleCity Group, BT and Digital Realty, also have established a footprint here and we have a growing community of local operators like eircom and CIX. The users of these co-location centres include many global leaders in technology such as Yahoo!. So, why has Ireland become such a magnet for data centres? Climate Ireland’s ‘free air-cooling’ climate dramatically reduces the cost of hosting data. Indeed, using the international ‘degree day’ standard, which is used to estimate air conditioning usage during the warm season, Ireland has the least need of cooling or air conditioning, with only 19 degree days required, compared with 40 in Iceland and 43 in Norway, according to the World Resources Institute. This dramatically reduces the cost of hosting data and has the potential to save companies a significant amount in the running costs of their facility each year. Ireland’s renewable energy credentials are also becoming increasingly important. Homegrown renewable energy, especially wind, is now a major part of Ireland’s investment draw. Ireland will generate 40% of national energy needs from renewables by 2020. Connectivity Ireland has one of the most advanced and competitive telecommunications infrastructures in Europe and provides access to high speed, low-latency networks to the US, UK and EU. This was obviously an absolute requirement for the likes of Apple, Google and Microsoft, when it came to choosing Ireland as a data centre location. And this base is growing — in December and April respectively —Hibernia Atlantic and AEC announced new international connectivity options to the US from the South West and West coasts of Ireland. Business Environment Ireland’s thriving Technology sector also provides a highly attractive proposition. Nine of the world’s top 10 ICT companies are located here and the tech sector employs over 100,000 people. This brings with it a highly educated, tech-savvy and flexible workforce. For Data Protection we have one of the most competent and experienced regulatory regimes in the world. Twitter recently announced that Irish privacy and data protection law would apply for non-US users, joining other companies with International HQs in Ireland. Companies establishing data centre operations in Ireland are also investing in one of the most business friendly economies in the world. The Economist Intelligence Unit places Ireland 11th globally out of 82 countries in its survey of the most attractive business locations in the world. Additionally, the TMF Group’s Global Benchmark Complexity Index ranked Ireland as the third least complex country for multinationals to do business in 2014.
Support All of this of course comes bundled with the added attraction of the lowest corporate tax rate in Europe (12.5%) and the excellent government support offered to enterprises establishing operations in Ireland. Companies choose Ireland because of its strong track record in delivering data centre projects. And IDA Ireland plays a significant role in this through its property portfolio, which offers large scale, utility-intensive solutions and cost effective greenfield and brownfield sites. We also advise clients with all steps of dealing with agencies and connecting with the very experienced community of service providers. With all of these competitive advantages it should be no surprise that, according to the 451 Group, Ireland’s data centre industry will over take the UK and mainland European locations and grow by 18% over the next three years. And with data increasingly becoming the lifeblood of the global economy, Ireland is well positioned to thrive as a location for the world’s best and most efficient data centres well into the future.

Irish Data Center Growth Places an Increased Focus on Facility Efficiency and Renewable Energy Sources

By Garry Connolly, President and Founder, Host in Ireland

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As Ireland continues to attract the world’s leading technology companies, we are now also starting to see the digital assets that support these organizations being housed here as well. Global Internet giants like Amazon, Google, Microsoft, TelecityGroup, Digital Realty, Citadel100, Dataplex, Interxion, and most recently Apple, with its €850 million data center in Galway, are all making large infrastructure investments in the region. The expansion of the Irish data centre sector is further assisted by the influx of Ireland – US submarine cable deployments from the likes of Aqua Comms Limited, Hibernia Networks, Viatel, Sea Fibre, and Zayo Group, which are all supporting companies’ continued growth in Europe as well as growing capacity needs across the Atlantic. Data centre growth in Ireland has successfully extended the global reach of organizations that currently call the country “home.” Moreover, it has had a profoundly positive impact on Ireland’s workforce and economy, attracting large corporations to the region in order to create new opportunity and help make the country an even more appealing location for companies to expand their digital footprint. So, what exactly is driving such rapid proliferation of data centre development in Ireland? A simple way to remember why Ireland has become a powerhouse in this space is based on what we at Host in Ireland call the 5 Ps: Policy, People, Pedigree, Pipes and Power.   Ireland’s political and economic stability, as well as public policy, provide an unprecedented framework for secure hosting of even the most sensitive data and information. The country’s pro-business political structure focuses on protecting corporate interests and offers a wide array of attractive tax benefits including a low corporate tax rate. Ireland’s workforce is also young, educated, uniquely affordable and highly ambitious. Furthermore, the IMD has ranked it first for flexibility and adaptability in its World Competitiveness Yearbook.   We also have an impressive 60-year history of developing, fulfilling and now hosting digital assets. Ireland is currently home to nine out of 10 worldwide Information and Communications Technology (ICT) corporations, nine out of 10 pharmaceutical corporations, three out of six top gaming companies, top 10 “born on the Internet” companies, more than 50 percent of the world’s leading financial services firms and 12 out of 15 global medical device companies.   Arguably the country’s most compelling feature in enabling and attracting data centre investment, however, is power. With a smart power grid that serves as the global exemplar and a commitment to securing 40 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020, Ireland offers an impressive and highly affordable power solution to some of the world’s biggest energy consumers. Industry sources estimate that today’s data centres consume approximately 3 percent of global electricity and produce more than 200 million metric tons of CO2 emissions. The statistics are sobering, and as data centre size, scale and reliance continue to grow in the future due to the Internet of Everything (IOE), the Internet of Things (IOT), social media, big data and cloud computing, they will only continue to exacerbate.   As we surpass 8.6 zettabytes of annual global data centre IP traffic by the end of 2018, our demand for data centre and cloud-based infrastructures will be greater than ever. By 2018, more than 78 percent of workloads will be processed by the world’s cloud data centres. This data has data centre operators searching for more economical and environmental methods of powering their facilities as data centres increasingly become the backbone of our everyday lives. In Ireland, a popular solution to this challenge is the use of renewable sources of energy, including hydro, biomass, solar, tidal, wave and wind power. As a world leader in wind energy integration, Ireland has an installed wind power capacity of 2,281MW. Last year, this addressed approximately 18 percent of the country’s electricity needs, among the highest rates of global wind energy penetration.   As wind energy continues its growth throughout Ireland, it will offer both financial and conservational reprieve to the country’s exploding energy demand driven by large data centre development. According to EirGrid, the renewable energy source is expected to provide approximately 36 percent of the 40 percent required for Ireland to meet its energy goals within the next five years. To aid in achieving that goal, companies investing in Ireland are also placing an increased focus on building more efficient data centres.   As Ireland continues its growth as an optimum global data centre hub, it will continue to place a greater focus on facility efficiency and renewable energy sources in order to maintain its unprecedented fiscal and environmental appeal. With the support of the country’s global corporations and the sustenance of its 5 Ps, Ireland has always been and will continue to be an ideal location to host the world’s growing volume of digital assets.

This article was originally written for Irish Wind Energy Association newsletter.

“Where Deals Are Done in the Cloud Economy”

By Garry Connolly, President and Founder of Host in Ireland HII3Datacloud Congress 2015 was held in Monaco earlier this month.  The event, which is a successor to the Datacentres Europe and Enterprise Cloud Forum, consisted of two days of panel sessions, keynotes, hands-on workshops and product demonstrations.  As a media partner of the event, Host in Ireland had an opportunity to exhibit among 1,800 key executives from datacentre, cloud and hosting service provider businesses, cloud brokers, systems integrators, managed services companies, and fiber and connectivity owners and operators. Read more

Ireland’s Digital Economy Continues Its Upward Trend with New Expansion from TelecityGroup and Apple

Originally posted on Data Center Post by Laurie Samper

Ireland’s digital economy is booming, and with the incredible benefits it has to offer – it’s no wonder. Since its launch in May 2014, Host in Ireland has been dedicated to educating the market on the “5 Ps”: Policy, Pedigree, People, Pipes and Power, representing the many benefits of hosting digital assets on Irish soil.  With strong political and economic stability; a history of industry success; worldwide connectivity and modernized energy options; and world-leading availability of skilled labor (according to IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook), global tech companies are continually flocking to Ireland to take advantage of everything it has to offer. Read more

Ireland and Datacentre’s – A Natural Evolution, Not a Revolution

When a company as well known as Apple decides that they will invest $1BN in your country it’s always a day to celebrate.

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Over the past 24 hours, the Host in Ireland team have been answering calls, sending email responses and being interviewed by the media hungry for sound bytes, clarity and reasons, in some cases, to say that this investment is somehow bad news because it only benefits X, Y and Z.  Data centers and Ireland are nothing new.  Over the past 6 decades data has been processed and delivered via a number of mediums: Mainframes, mini computers, PC's, local area networks (LAN) and now the Cloud.  We call this the 5 Waves of Change. Read more

The Power Of The Collective

By: Garry Connolly, President, Host in Ireland

As the old sayings go “No man is an island” and “Two heads are better than one”.

But how true is it and do we apply what we learn in Junior School as we grow into Adulthood?

The current #1 track on the Billboard Hot 100 list is a collaboration between Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. 31 other tracks on the same list are collabs and some of the biggest hits of all time are all products of artists’ collaboration.

Collaboration is also a big deal in the film industry. As Steven Spielberg puts it “Filmmaking is all about appreciating the talents of the people you surround yourself with and knowing you could never have made any of these films by yourself.”

Yes, we know that collaboration is vital in music, film and the arts in general. But how about in our daily lives? Take a look at the power of collaboration and how it has been with us for almost all of our existence, helping us to survive.

  1. It may not seem like it but the beginnings of collaboration can be traced back to infancy.

The basic skills for collaboration include communication and trust. When parents or caregivers respond to the baby’s cries, coos and actions, there is a two-way communication that is happening. Babies begin to learn to trust, rely on others, and cooperate early on.

     2. We develop other collaborative skills in our social interactions as young children.

Growing up, we learn to share, take turns, listen to others, ask questions, accept criticisms, and think creatively in school, home, and other settings. Children who have better social skills tend to work well with others and have a better chance at surviving in a collaborative workplace. Therefore, those rules about playing nice at the playground have lasting effects after all.

     3. In school, we learn more about the values of respect and teamwork.

Everyone knows that school situations can be tough and it is the presence of friends and good relationships with peers that make it bearable. It is also during this time that we discover more about ourselves and start embracing individual differences - these are the precursors of good collaboration too.

Educational systems push for collaborative learning because of its benefits in the socio-emotional development of students and the effects in terms of classroom management.

    4. Many workplaces these days call for collaborative effort.

Once upon a time, being successful in the workplace only meant beating everyone to get to the top. Nowadays, many careers and industries call for people effectively working together. Companies are seeing the wisdom in collaboration or team achievement in terms of generating positive results more quickly. A collaborative working environment is more possible thanks to technology that allows for quick emails, instant messaging, document management, video conferencing, app sharing and so much more. Aside from delivering results in terms of revenue, collaboration has also been linked to greater employee satisfaction, lower employee mortality rates, better division of labour, more creative input, and more chances of growth in terms of organisational structures and processes.

Is it working ?

Do we apply what we learn in 1 to our "Grown Up" everyday lives in 4?

If I have learnt anything in life it is that Collaboration not only is more rewarding it is also so much more fun, from winning a soccer match and celebrating with team mates to launching Host in Ireland last year with fierce competitors in the same field.

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