Host in Ireland Welcomes Nine New Members to Its 2018 Executive Committee

The Initiative Welcomes Representatives from Circular Data Solutions, EnerNOC, Ethos Engineering, Kirby Group Engineering, Kedington, Universal Electric Corporation, Digital Realty, Tate, and Schneider Electric to Its Executive Committee

DUBLIN – 18 April 2018 Host in Ireland, a strategic global initiative created to increase awareness of the benefits of hosting digital assets in Ireland, and winner of the Datacloud Europe 2016 award for Innovative Data Center Location, today announces the addition of nine new members to its 2018 Executive Committee.  These industry professionals represent six new and three existing partner companies, expanding the committee to include a total of 20 members for 2018.

The Executive Committee plays a vital role in supporting all aspects of the Host in Ireland initiative through collaboration, business advocacy efforts and strategic guidance. Representing new strategic partners for 2018 are Executive Committee members Mike Wegwermer, Co-Founder and Director of Circular Data Solutions; Peter Connolly, Regional Manager – Ireland, EnerNOC; Greg Hayden, CEO, Ethos Engineering; Matt Porter, Managing Director, Kedington; Mark Flanagan, Group Operations Director, Kirby Group Engineering; and Derek Kelly, Regional Sales Manager, Universal Electric Corporation.

Also joining the Executive Committee are representatives from three existing Host in Ireland partners, including Val Walsh, Vice President of Global Asset Management, Digital Realty; Seamus Cussen, Head of Sales, EMEA, Tate; and Ivan Habovcik, ITD Sales Director – Ireland, Schneider Electric.

“Since its inception in 2014, the Host in Ireland mission has evolved considerably as it responds to the shifting needs of a dynamic industry,” states Tanya Duncan, Managing Director, Interxion and Host in Ireland Executive Committee member.  “With help from new and existing Executive Committee members, Host in Ireland is educating enterprises and industry stakeholders on the strategic value of data centres, while communicating the benefits of Ireland as an optimal location for digital assets hosting.”

“As awareness of the benefits of the digital assets hosting environment in Ireland continues to grow, an increasing number of multinational stakeholders are investing resources in the region,” explains Maurice Mortell, Managing Director, Ireland and Emerging Markets, Equinix and Host in Ireland Executive Committee member.  “I look forward to welcoming our new committee members as we work together to further enhance the Irish hosting landscape by providing organizations with the information and resources they require when making investment decisions.”

The Host in Ireland initiative was founded in 2014 and has supported Ireland in its evolution to become the “Digital Gateway to Europe” and “Home of the Hybrid Cloud.”  It promotes the many advantages that make Ireland uniquely attractive to global operators, including its pro-business approach, attractive corporate tax, common law based legal system, continued investment in off-Island fiber cables to the U.S. and Europe, and continued financial support for data centre energy efficiency.

To learn more about Host in Ireland, visit www.hostinireland.com.

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About Host in Ireland

Host in Ireland, winner of the Datacloud Europe 2016 award for Innovative Data Center Location, is an industry-led marketing initiative that provides timely and accurate information about Ireland’s digital asset hosting ecosystem at all times including demonstrating why Ireland is more cost-effective, efficient, reliable, secure and accessible than most other regions across the EU.  There's a reason companies like Microsoft, Zendesk, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Adobe and beyond have sought to host their solutions in as well as to/from Ireland.  Many of these reasons are immediately realized due to access to affordable power, redundant network and bandwidth capacity along with a variety of data center providers that offer an array of services sustained by the “5 Ps”: Policy, People, Pedigree, Pipes, and Power.  On top of that is a very attractive business management structure, implemented by Ireland, which is keenly interested to bring new businesses into the market.  Ireland supports this initiative through attractive fiscal structures, access to a skilled workforce and full support of the U.S. Safe Harbor and Patriot Acts - ensuring data asset compliance for companies large and small.  For more information about Host in Ireland, visit www.hostinireland.com.

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Host in Ireland Announces Update to Its Report Demonstrating the Sustainability of the Irish Data Industry

Update Reinforces How Irish Data Centres Have Evolved to Become an Industry of Substance

Host In Ireland LogoDUBLIN – 10 April 2018 Host in Ireland, a strategic global initiative created to increase awareness of the benefits of hosting digital assets in Ireland, and winner of the Datacloud Europe 2016 award for Innovative Data Center Location, today announces the release of a new update to its report, “Ireland’s Data Hosting Industry 2018 Q1 Update.”  The research study, created in collaboration with Bitpower, builds on the baseline set out in its recent 2017 report addressing the sustainability of the Irish data industry.

Updating existing baseline statistics and information, the report examines the opportunities and risks associated with the digital asset hosting industry in Ireland.  With a thriving digital economy, the country serves as home to some of the biggest names in the tech industry, exporting $71 billion of ICT services in 2016 alone.  This new update reveals that of the four types of existing data centres in Ireland, including hyperscale, colocation wholesale, colocation and private, hyperscale facilities dominate the market with 74 percent of the total MW capacity, which has grown from 420 to 480 in the first quarter of 2018.  In addition, the report predicts that just over €1.1 billion will be invested in Irish data centre construction in 2018, reaching cumulative investment of €9 billion by 2021.

“By providing the industry with the most timely and accurate update on data centre activity throughout Ireland, we are helping to materialize the goal of creating a “Connected Planet,” enabling industry stakeholders to access the necessary information to continue investing in the Irish digital economy,” explains David McAuley, Founder and CEO, Bitpower, and Host in Ireland Advisory Council member.  “We believe this baseline will act as a useful reference for policymakers as Ireland continues its leadership in the creation, retention and exportation of digital assets, products and services.”

To download a copy of “Ireland’s Data Hosting Industry 2018 Q1 Update,” click here.

To learn more about Host in Ireland, visit www.hostinireland.com.

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About Host in Ireland

Host in Ireland, winner of the Datacloud Europe 2016 award for Innovative Data Center Location, is an industry-led marketing initiative that provides timely and accurate information about Ireland’s digital asset hosting ecosystem at all times including demonstrating why Ireland is more cost-effective, efficient, reliable, secure and accessible than most other regions across the EU.  There's a reason companies like Microsoft, Zendesk, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Adobe and beyond have sought to host their solutions in as well as to/from Ireland.  Many of these reasons are immediately realized due to access to affordable power, redundant network and bandwidth capacity along with a variety of data center providers that offer an array of services sustained by the “5 Ps”: Policy, People, Pedigree, Pipes, and Power.  On top of that is a very attractive business management structure, implemented by Ireland, which is keenly interested to bring new businesses into the market.  Ireland supports this initiative through its pro-business approach, attractive corporate tax and fiscal structures, common law based legal system, continued investment in off-Island fiber cables to the U.S. and Europe, financial support for data centre energy efficiency, and access to a skilled native English-speaking workforce - ensuring data asset compliance for companies large and small.  For more information about Host in Ireland, visit www.hostinireland.com.

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Host in Ireland to Speak at CAPRE’s Seventh Annual Greater New York Data Center Summit

March 29, 2018 -- Host in Ireland, a strategic global initiative created to increase awareness of the benefits of hosting digital assets in Ireland, announces today that its Founder and President, Garry Connolly, will speak at CAPRE’s Greater New York Data Center Summit, taking place 5 April, in New York. Mr. Connolly, in addition to providing leadership at the award-winning Host in Ireland initiative, has also been recognised as one of the top 50 EMEA Influencers in Cloud and Data Centres 2017 by Data Economy, and was runner up in the 2017 DCS Awards’ ‘Data Centre Individual of Year’ category’. During the panel session, “The Impact of Europe: Data Center Demand-Supply and Forecasting the Factors at Play Across the Pond, Including: Brexit and GDPR,” Mr. Connolly will join other data centre and financial investment leaders to discuss recent data centre development in Europe as well as the impact of Brexit and the data privacy obligations that multinational organisations face as a result of the implementation of the GDPR. WHAT:
  • Panel: “The Impact of Europe: Data Center Demand-Supply and Forecasting the Factors at Play Across the Pond, Including: Brexit and GDPR”    
WHERE:
  • CAPRE’s Greater New York Data Center Summit
  • New York
WHEN:         
  • Thursday, 5 April 2018     1:00 p.m
WHO:
  • Panelists include:
    • Garry Connolly, Founder and President, Host in Ireland, Co-Chair of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Awareness Coalition
    • Svein Atle Hagaseth, Senior Vice President North America, Green Mountain Data Center, Ltd.
    • Eric Crabtree, Chief Investment Officer of International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group
    • Melvin Greer, Chief Data Scientist, Public Sector, Intel Corporation
    • Drew Leonard, Senior Vice President, UpStack
    • Jason Ó Conaill, International Partner, Infinity SDC
    • Moderator: Donough Roche, Owner & Principal, Datacentrs Inc.
About Host in Ireland Host in Ireland, winner of the Datacloud Europe 2016 award for Innovative Data Center Location, is an industry-led marketing initiative that provides timely and accurate information about Ireland’s digital asset hosting ecosystem at all times including demonstrating why Ireland is more cost-effective, efficient, reliable, secure and accessible than most other regions across the EU.  There's a reason companies like Microsoft, Zendesk, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Adobe and beyond have sought to host their solutions in as well as to/from Ireland.  Many of these reasons are immediately realized due to access to affordable power, redundant network and bandwidth capacity along with a variety of data center providers that offer an array of services sustained by the “5 Ps”: Policy, People, Pedigree, Pipes, and Power.  On top of that is a very attractive business management structure, implemented by Ireland, which is keenly interested to bring new businesses into the market.  Ireland supports this initiative through its pro-business approach, attractive corporate tax and fiscal structures, common law based legal system, continued investment in off-Island fiber cables to the U.S. and Europe, financial support for data centre energy efficiency, and access to a skilled native English-speaking workforce - ensuring data asset compliance for companies large and small.  For more information about Host in Ireland, visit www.hostinireland.com. Media Contact: iMiller Public Relations for Host in Ireland Tel: +1 866 307 2510 pr@imillerpr.com

Circular Data Solutions Joins Host in Ireland as a Partner for 2018

Host in Ireland Welcomes Mike Wegwermer, Co-Founder and Director of Circular Data Solutions, to Its Executive Committee

DUBLIN – 13 March, 2018 Host in Ireland, a strategic global initiative created to increase awareness of the benefits of hosting digital assets in Ireland, and winner of the Datacloud Europe 2016 award for Innovative Data Center Location, today announces that Circular Data Solutions will be a strategic partner in 2018.  In addition, Mike Wegwermer, Co-Founder and Director of Circular Data Solutions, will join the Host in Ireland Executive Committee.

“We are pleased to welcome Circular Data Solutions as a Host in Ireland partner,” comments Garry Connolly, Founder and President of Host in Ireland.  “We also welcome Mike Wegwermer to our Executive Committee.  With the General Data Protection Regulation coming into force this May, Mike’s experience in providing services that enable global data centre operators, financial and healthcare institutions, and government agencies to manage and protect personal data is an immediate asset to one of the initiative’s chief concerns.”

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will replace the existing data protection framework under the EU Data Protection Directive.  As a regulation, it will not generally require transposition into Irish law, so organisations involved in data processing of any sort need to be aware of the obligations it imposes. The GDPR emphasises transparency, security and accountability by data controllers, while at the same time standardising and strengthening the right of European citizens to data privacy.

Based in Belfast, Circular Data Solutions, the EMEA distribution partner of SITES, is a division of Security Engineered Machinery Inc. (SEM). Circular Data Solutions is a manufacturer of destruction equipment for ‘end-of-life’ data storage devices, including enterprise hard drives, solid state drives, and all other types of magnetic and digital storage media.  With the advent of the GDPR, Circular Data Solutions’ data destruction equipment, and technical and maintenance support services are projected to see increasingly high demand across the EU region.

“Becoming a Host in Ireland partner has enabled us to meet and collaborate with such a diverse cross-section and well-informed group of industry leaders,” states Mike Wegwermer, Director of Circular Data Solutions.  “Our goal is to help operators and infrastructure suppliers to data centres think about and plan data destruction solutions as an integral requirement. You can easily, and more cost-effectively remove a potentially damaging data security risk by destroying end-of-life data in-house.”

In addition to spearheading Host in Ireland, Mr. Connolly is Co-Chair of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Awareness Coalition, a not-for-profit initiative designed to raise awareness of the data privacy obligations for companies resulting from the implementation of the GDPR.  As EU directives on managing data security transitions into law as the GDPR, Mr. Wegwermer shares Host in Ireland’s and the GDPR Awareness Coalition’s position that every organisation generating or manipulating personal data records, regardless of location, now needs to closely review their data security processes.

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About Host in Ireland

Host in Ireland, winner of the Datacloud Europe 2016 award for Innovative Data Center Location, is an industry-led marketing initiative that provides timely and accurate information about Ireland’s digital asset hosting ecosystem at all times including demonstrating why Ireland is more cost-effective, efficient, reliable, secure and accessible than most other regions across the EU.  There's a reason companies like Microsoft, Zendesk, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Adobe and beyond have sought to host their solutions in as well as to/from Ireland.  Many of these reasons are immediately realized due to access to affordable power, redundant network and bandwidth capacity along with a variety of data center providers that offer an array of services sustained by the “5 Ps”: Policy, People, Pedigree, Pipes, and Power.  On top of that is a very attractive business management structure, implemented by Ireland, which is keenly interested to bring new businesses into the market.  Ireland supports this initiative through its pro-business approach, attractive corporate tax and fiscal structures, common law based legal system, continued investment in off-Island fiber cables to the U.S. and Europe, financial support for data centre energy efficiency, and access to a skilled native English-speaking workforce - ensuring data asset compliance for companies large and small.  For more information about Host in Ireland, visit www.hostinireland.com.

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EnerNOC Joins Host in Ireland as a Partner for 2018

Host in Ireland Welcomes Peter Connolly, Regional Manager, Ireland of EnerNOC, to Its Executive Committee

DUBLIN – 28 February, 2018 – Host in Ireland, a strategic global initiative created to increase awareness of the benefits of hosting digital assets in Ireland, and winner of the Datacloud Europe 2016 award for Innovative Data Center Location, today announces that EnerNOC, an Enel Group company and a demand response and energy intelligence software provider, will be a strategic partner in 2018.  In addition, Peter Connolly, Regional Manager, Ireland of EnerNOC, will join the Host in Ireland Executive Committee.

“We’re excited to welcome EnerNOC as a Host in Ireland partner,” says Garry Connolly, Founder and President of Host in Ireland.  “Additionally, we extend a warm hand to Peter Connolly who joins our Executive Committee.  Peter's vast professional background and technical training in energy efficiency and management strategies will prove to be invaluable to the goals of the initiative.”

Ireland must continue to aggressively exploit its renewable energy resources, making strides towards a future of cleaner and more affordable power options with a commitment to 40 percent of its electrical energy from renewables by 2020.  As ‘Ireland’s Data Hosting Industry 2017’ report indicated, collaboration between renewable energy developers, data centre operators, and state utilities and agencies is essential to maintaining Ireland’s position as a global, Tier 1 location for hosting as the country’s digital sector enters its next phase of growth.

“We’ve joined Host in Ireland in 2018 because of our desire to learn from data centres, as some are among Ireland’s largest energy consumers,” states Peter Connolly, Regional Manager, Ireland of EnerNOC.  “We believe that the whole of Ireland’s data centres can and will offer the world a case study in thoughtful, proactive approaches to energy management solutions.  Naturally, with our caliber of global energy market expertise and experience, we also see an opportunity to be a thought-leader and partner in the planning and execution of strategic energy projects.”

EnerNOC, part of the Enel X division of the Enel Group, partners with industrial and commercial businesses to reduce costs, manage risks, increase sustainability, and maximise the value of emerging energy technologies through customised energy management strategies. In partnering with Host in Ireland, EnerNOC aims to help customers navigate the integration of Ireland’s electricity market with the rest of Europe, and connect customers with the new services that EirGrid, the state-owned electric power transmission operator in Ireland, is launching as part of its “Delivering a Secure Sustainable Electricity System” (DS3) programme.  It is EnerNOC’s position that Irish data centres can leverage these types of demand-side initiatives to build a positive rapport with the Irish electricity grid system.

As EnerNOC Regional Manager, Peter Connolly leads engagements with Irish industrial and commercial customers, helping them build competitive advantage and operational resilience through energy solutions that include demand response and distributed energy resources.

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About Host in Ireland

Host in Ireland, winner of the Datacloud Europe 2016 award for Innovative Data Center Location, is an industry-led marketing initiative that provides timely and accurate information about Ireland’s digital asset hosting ecosystem at all times including demonstrating why Ireland is more cost-effective, efficient, reliable, secure and accessible than most other regions across the EU.  There's a reason companies like Microsoft, Zendesk, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Adobe and beyond have sought to host their solutions in as well as to/from Ireland.  Many of these reasons are immediately realized due to access to affordable power, redundant network and bandwidth capacity along with a variety of data center providers that offer an array of services sustained by the “5 Ps”: Policy, People, Pedigree, Pipes, and Power.  On top of that is a very attractive business management structure, implemented by Ireland, which is keenly interested to bring new businesses into the market.  Ireland supports this initiative through its pro-business approach, attractive corporate tax and fiscal structures, common law based legal system, continued investment in off-Island fiber cables to the U.S. and Europe, financial support for data centre energy efficiency, and access to a skilled native English-speaking workforce - ensuring data asset compliance for companies large and small.  For more information about Host in Ireland, visit www.hostinireland.com.

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Ethos Engineering Joins Host in Ireland as a Partner for 2018

Host in Ireland Welcomes Greg Hayden, Managing Director of Ethos Engineering, to Its Executive Committee

DUBLIN – 15 February, 2018 Host in Ireland, a strategic global initiative created to increase awareness of the benefits of hosting digital assets in Ireland, and winner of the Datacloud Europe 2016 award for Innovative Data Center Location, today announces that Ethos Engineering, an international company offering engineering solutions, will be a strategic partner in 2018. In addition, Greg Hayden, Managing Director of Ethos, will join the Host in Ireland Executive Committee.

“We are honored to welcome Ethos Engineering to our exceptional team of Host in Ireland partners,” says Garry Connolly, Founder and President of Host in Ireland.  “Additionally, we extend a warm welcome to Greg Hayden who joins our Executive Committee. Given his organisation’s experience with First Q Network, the European mechanical and electrical consultancy services association with more than 2,500 engineers in 12 countries, and his active membership in many other organizations in the construction industry, including honorary treasurer of the Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland, Mr. Hayden is an ideal representative to join the initiative’s mission in expanding global awareness of the advantages of hosting digital assets in Ireland.”

The Host in Ireland Executive Committee plays an essential role in supporting all aspects of the initiative through collaboration, business advocacy efforts and strategic guidance.  Host in Ireland is sustained by the “5 Ps” – Policy, People, Pedigree, Pipes and Power – representing the most important aspects of digital asset hosting. Ireland’s integration of these five key elements provides a structured foundation for companies of all sizes and markets on a global scale.  With the support of a growing team of partners, Host in Ireland has harnessed the “power of the collective,” fostering an environment of co-opetition where competing companies and organizations come together to achieve common goals through cooperation and collaboration.

“Ethos Engineering is delighted to become a partner of Host in Ireland for 2018,” states Greg Hayden, Managing Director of Ethos Engineering.  “We have been impressed with the work they have done over the past number of years and the strength of their collaboration partners. They have really helped put Ireland on the map for the hosting industry for all the right reasons.”

A three-time recipient of the Irish Construction Industry Awards’ ‘Consultancy of the Year’ honor, Ethos Engineering is one of the most innovative and recognized firms in the sector.  With more than 75 professionals currently employed across its offices in Dublin, Cork, and London, the company is among the largest mechanical and electrical consultancy practices and has been active in the data centre industry for 10-plus years. During that time, Ethos has designed more than 550MW of technical space for numerous industry-leading clients throughout Ireland and mainland Europe. Mr. Hayden has received the ‘European CEO Award’ recognising exceptional leadership and business best-practices within Pan-European engineering and consultancy firms from the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE).

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About Host in Ireland

Host in Ireland, winner of the Datacloud Europe 2016 award for Innovative Data Center Location, is an industry-led marketing initiative that provides timely and accurate information about Ireland’s digital asset hosting ecosystem at all times including demonstrating why Ireland is more cost-effective, efficient, reliable, secure and accessible than most other regions across the EU.  There's a reason companies like Microsoft, Zendesk, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Adobe and beyond have sought to host their solutions in as well as to/from Ireland.  Many of these reasons are immediately realized due to access to affordable power, redundant network and bandwidth capacity along with a variety of data center providers that offer an array of services sustained by the “5 Ps”: Policy, People, Pedigree, Pipes, and Power.  On top of that is a very attractive business management structure, implemented by Ireland, which is keenly interested to bring new businesses into the market.  Ireland supports this initiative through its pro-business approach, attractive corporate tax and fiscal structures, common law based legal system, continued investment in off-Island fiber cables to the U.S. and Europe, financial support for data centre energy efficiency, and access to a skilled native English-speaking workforce - ensuring data asset compliance for companies large and small.  For more information about Host in Ireland, visit www.hostinireland.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Ilissa Miller

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Kedington Joins Host in Ireland as a Partner for 2018

The Organization Welcomes Matt Porter, Managing Director of Kedington, to Its Executive Committee DUBLIN 13 February, 2018 Host in Ireland, a strategic global initiative created to increase awareness of the benefits of hosting digital assets in Ireland, and winner of the Datacloud Europe 2016 award for Innovative Data Center Location, today announces that Kedington, the largest IT network infrastructure solutions company in Ireland, will be a strategic partner in 2018.  In addition, Matt Porter, Managing Director of Kedington, will join the Host in Ireland Executive Committee. “We are excited to welcome Kedington to our rapidly growing team of Host in Ireland partners,” says Garry Connolly, Founder and President of Host in Ireland.  “I also would like to welcome Mr. Porter to our Executive Committee. His industry expertise will help to further the initiative’s mission of educating the industry on the merits of hosting digital assets in Ireland.” From its inception in May of 2014, the Host in Ireland initiative has worked tirelessly to educate the digital assets hosting community and generate a deeper understanding of Ireland’s value as an optimum hosting location, globally. Offering investors the highest in economic and political stability, global connectivity, available skilled labor, high-level security and reliability, Ireland is an exceptional location for digital assets hosting within the EU region.  As a result, Ireland has become the ‘Digital Gateway to Europe’ and the ‘Home of the Hybrid Cloud’ as multiple major multinational companies prioritise their online presence and aggressively launch digital-first initiatives.  The Executive Committee plays a vital role in supporting all aspects of the Host in Ireland initiative through collaboration, business advocacy efforts and strategic guidance. “We’re getting involved with Host in Ireland because we want to help raise international awareness of the benefits of locating data centers in Ireland.  We have successfully executed small, medium and large data center projects for some of the world’s leading companies, and we’re keen to showcase this experience internationally,” states Matt Porter of Kedington.  “By partnering with Host in Ireland, we look forward to meeting new companies who are considering data center deployment in Ireland.  We are confident we will see further strong growth and development in this sector.” Kedington provides active and passive IT network solutions, structured cabling and data centre design and installation engineering services to organisations of all sizes in the public and private sector. The group is led by an experienced team of data communications and electronics professionals operating from three offices in the Republic of Ireland and two in Northern Ireland. # # # About Host in Ireland Host in Ireland, winner of the Datacloud Europe 2016 award for Innovative Data Center Location, is an industry-led marketing initiative that provides timely and accurate information about Ireland’s digital asset hosting ecosystem at all times including demonstrating why Ireland is more cost-effective, efficient, reliable, secure and accessible than most other regions across the EU.  There's a reason companies like Microsoft, Zendesk, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Adobe and beyond have sought to host their solutions in as well as to/from Ireland.  Many of these reasons are immediately realized due to access to affordable power, redundant network and bandwidth capacity along with a variety of data center providers that offer an array of services sustained by the “5 Ps”: Policy, People, Pedigree, Pipes, and Power.  On top of that is a very attractive business management structure, implemented by Ireland, which is keenly interested to bring new businesses into the market.  Ireland supports this initiative through its pro-business approach, attractive corporate tax and fiscal structures, common law based legal system, continued investment in off-Island fiber cables to the U.S. and Europe, financial support for data centre energy efficiency, and access to a skilled native English-speaking workforce - ensuring data asset compliance for companies large and small.  For more information about Host in Ireland, visit www.hostinireland.com. MEDIA CONTACT: Ilissa Miller iMiller Public Relations Tel: +1 866 307 2510 pr@imillerpr.com

Kirby Group Engineering Joins Host in Ireland as a Partner for 2018

The Organization Welcomes Mark Flanagan, Group Operations Director of Kirby Group Engineering, to Its Executive Committee

DUBLIN – 12 February, 2018 Host in Ireland, a strategic global initiative created to increase awareness of the benefits of hosting digital assets in Ireland, and winner of the Datacloud Europe 2016 award for Innovative Data Center Location, today announces that Kirby Group Engineering, a European provider of engineering and construction services, will be a strategic partner in 2018.  In addition, Mark Flanagan, Group Operations Director of Kirby Group, will join the Host in Ireland Executive Committee.

“As our group of active partners continues to grow this year, we are delighted to welcome Kirby Group Engineering to the Host in Ireland collective,” says Garry Connolly, Founder and President of Host in Ireland. “I would also like to extend a warm welcome to Mr. Flanagan, who will undoubtedly prove to be an immediate asset to our Executive Committee.”

The combination of Ireland’s pro-business approach, attractive corporate tax and legal system, renewable energy resources, and commitment to data centre energy efficiency make it uniquely attractive to global operators, including international pharmaceutical, biotech and software companies seeking an optimal location to host their digital assets. The result is that Ireland has evolved as a Tier 1 hosting location to become the ‘Digital Gateway to Europe’ and the ‘Home of the Hybrid Cloud’ as major multinational companies prioritise their online presence and aggressively launch digital-first initiatives.

“We are delighted to join Host in Ireland as a strategic partner,” states Mark Flanagan, Group Operations Director of Kirby Group Engineering. “Through this partnership, Kirby will play an active role in strengthening Ireland’s position as an optimum location for digital assets by sharing our in-depth knowledge and expertise in delivering high quality, efficient and resilient mission critical infrastructure.”

Kirby Group Engineering provides full mechanical and electrical contracting services as well as specialist high voltage (HV) and medium voltage (MV) design and construction services across Ireland, the UK, and Northern Europe. The company, with a turnover of €165m, was founded in 1964, and currently directly employs over 700 highly-skilled professionals.

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About Host in Ireland

Host in Ireland, winner of the Datacloud Europe 2016 award for Innovative Data Center Location, is an industry-led marketing initiative that provides timely and accurate information about Ireland’s digital asset hosting ecosystem at all times including demonstrating why Ireland is more cost-effective, efficient, reliable, secure and accessible than most other regions across the EU.  There's a reason companies like Microsoft, Zendesk, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Adobe and beyond have sought to host their solutions in as well as to/from Ireland.  Many of these reasons are immediately realized due to access to affordable power, redundant network and bandwidth capacity along with a variety of data center providers that offer an array of services sustained by the “5 Ps”: Policy, People, Pedigree, Pipes, and Power.  On top of that is a very attractive business management structure, implemented by Ireland, which is keenly interested to bring new businesses into the market.  Ireland supports this initiative through its pro-business approach, attractive corporate tax and fiscal structures, common law based legal system, continued investment in off-Island fiber cables to the U.S. and Europe, financial support for data centre energy efficiency, and access to a skilled native English-speaking workforce - ensuring data asset compliance for companies large and small.  For more information about Host in Ireland, visit www.hostinireland.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Ilissa Miller

iMiller Public Relations

Tel: +1 866 307 2510

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Universal Electric Corporation, Manufacturer of Starline, Joins Host in Ireland as a Partner for 2018

The Organization Welcomes Derek Kelly, Regional Sales Manager, Ireland, of Universal Electric Corporation, to Its Executive Committee

DUBLIN – 7 February, 2018 Host in Ireland, a strategic global initiative created to increase awareness of the benefits of hosting digital assets in Ireland, and winner of the Datacloud Europe 2016 award for Innovative Data Center Location, today announces that Universal Electric Corporation (UEC), the organisation behind Starline power distribution and monitoring systems, will be a strategic partner in 2018.  In addition, Derek Kelly, Regional Sales Manager in Ireland, UEC, will join the Host in Ireland Executive Committee.

“We are delighted to welcome Starline as a new strategic partner for 2018,” says Garry Connolly, Founder and President of Host in Ireland.  “Global partners such as Starline provide us with both the insights and reach needed to sustain our goals nationally and internationally.  In addition, I’d like to welcome Mr. Kelly, who brings more than three decades of experience to the Host in Ireland Executive Committee.”

Ireland’s data centre landscape has evolved dramatically over the past decade, growing into a world-class hosting location.  As more companies seek data centre environments that offer enhanced connectivity, security, cost control and renewable energy, Ireland has proven itself to meet the key hosting requirements of virtually any organisation.  Host in Ireland conveys this message utilizing the “5 Ps,” representing the most important aspects of digital asset hosting: Policy, People, Pedigree, Pipes and Power.  The Executive Committee plays a vital role in supporting all aspects of the Host in Ireland initiative through collaboration, business advocacy efforts and strategic guidance.

“I am delighted to align Host in Ireland and Starline as strategic partners,” states Derek Kelly.  “I hope to support the continued expansion of Ireland as a data centre technological hub and an innovator across Europe’s changing digital landscape.”

Starline is a global leader in power monitoring and distribution equipment.  For 30 years, Starline products have provided data centres with the most flexible, reliable and customisable power distribution systems in the market.  These benefits, combined with a smart yet simple design strategy, have catapulted the Starline brand to becoming the premier distribution solution for mission-critical applications.

“We are very pleased to announce the strategic partnership between Starline and Host in Ireland,” comments Mathew George, EMEA & SW Asia Sales Director of Universal Electric Corporation. “Host in Ireland has done remarkable work for the Irish economy by promoting foreign direct investment in Irish data centres over a number of years.  Ireland has caught the attention of many European countries looking to understand how a small nation could quickly bounce back from recession and adapt to become one of the world’s leading technology hubs in the data centre segment. A great can-do attitude and pro-business approach, in addition to a commitment to the 5 Ps principle, have made our partnership with Host in Ireland an obvious decision.”

From its inception in May of 2014, the Host in Ireland initiative has worked tirelessly to educate the digital assets hosting community and generate a deeper understanding of Ireland’s value as an optimum hosting location, globally.  Offering investors the highest in economic and political stability, global connectivity, available skilled labor, and high-level security and reliability, Ireland is an exceptional location for digital assets hosting within the EU region.

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About Host in Ireland

Host in Ireland, winner of the Datacloud Europe 2016 award for Innovative Data Center Location, is an industry-led marketing initiative that provides timely and accurate information about Ireland’s digital asset hosting ecosystem at all times including demonstrating why Ireland is more cost-effective, efficient, reliable, secure and accessible than most other regions across the EU.  There's a reason companies like Microsoft, Zendesk, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Adobe and beyond have sought to host their solutions in as well as to/from Ireland.  Many of these reasons are immediately realized due to access to affordable power, redundant network and bandwidth capacity along with a variety of data center providers that offer an array of services sustained by the “5 Ps”: Policy, People, Pedigree, Pipes, and Power.  On top of that is a very attractive business management structure, implemented by Ireland, which is keenly interested to bring new businesses into the market.  Ireland supports this initiative through its pro-business approach, attractive corporate tax and fiscal structures, common law based legal system, continued investment in off-Island fiber cables to the U.S. and Europe, financial support for data centre energy efficiency, and access to a skilled native English-speaking workforce - ensuring data asset compliance for companies large and small.  For more information about Host in Ireland, visit www.hostinireland.com.

Host in Ireland Announces Addition of Jim Rice to its Advisory Council

DUBLIN – 18 January 2018 Host in Ireland, a strategic global initiative created to increase awareness of the benefits of hosting digital assets in Ireland, and winner of the Datacloud Europe 2016 award for Innovative Data Center Location, today announces that Jim Rice has joined its Advisory Council.  The Advisory Council works in collaboration with Host in Ireland Founder and President Garry Connolly to further the reach and impact of the initiative’s mission through well-formulated strategies based on the extensive industry experience of its members.

Mr. Rice is a Chartered Engineer and is currently Chairman of the Irish Manufacturer’s Association within Ibec, Ireland’s largest and most active business representation organisation.  He brings more than 30 years of experience in the Irish technology sector to Host in Ireland, including 16 years as Country President of Schneider Electric Ireland, and as an Independent Chairman and Non-Executive Director of a number of Irish engineering and technology companies, and trade organisations.  In 2015, Mr. Rice was knighted by the French government as a Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite for his contribution to the bilateral trade between Ireland and France. He will leverage this international and local expertise in support of Host in Ireland’s mission to increase its partners and expand global market awareness while reinforcing Ireland’s position as a top European location for hosting digital assets.

“I am honoured to join the Host in Ireland Advisory Council,” says Mr. Rice.  “This exciting organisation is at the forefront of a rapidly growing, global technology hub, and I look forward to working with the Advisory Council and Mr. Connolly to share the benefits of hosting in Ireland with the global data centre and international business communities.”

Host in Ireland was founded by Mr. Connolly in 2014, and the initiative has supported Ireland in its evolution to become the “Digital Gateway to Europe” and “Home of the Hybrid Cloud.”  It promotes the many advantages that make Ireland uniquely attractive to global operators, including its pro-business approach, attractive corporate tax, common law based legal system, continued investment in off-Island fiber cables to the U.S. and Europe, and continued financial support for data centre energy efficiency.

To learn more about Host in Ireland, visit www.hostinireland.com.

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About Host in Ireland

Host in Ireland, winner of the Datacloud Europe 2016 award for Innovative Data Center Location, is an industry-led marketing initiative that provides timely and accurate information about Ireland’s digital asset hosting ecosystem at all times including demonstrating why Ireland is more cost-effective, efficient, reliable, secure and accessible than most other regions across the EU.  There's a reason companies like Microsoft, Zendesk, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Adobe and beyond have sought to host their solutions in as well as to/from Ireland.  Many of these reasons are immediately realized due to access to affordable power, redundant network and bandwidth capacity along with a variety of data center providers that offer an array of services sustained by the “5 Ps”: Policy, People, Pedigree, Pipes, and Power.  On top of that is a very attractive business management structure, implemented by Ireland, which is keenly interested to bring new businesses into the market.  Ireland supports this initiative through its pro-business approach, attractive corporate tax and fiscal structures, common law based legal system, continued investment in off-Island fiber cables to the U.S. and Europe, financial support for data centre energy efficiency, and access to a skilled native English-speaking workforce - ensuring data asset compliance for companies large and small.  For more information about Host in Ireland, visit www.hostinireland.com.

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