Sungard Availability Services Announces European Partner Expansion

Sungard Availability Services, a provider of information availability through managed IT, cloud and recovery services, announces the European expansion of its Channel Partner Program in the UK, Ireland, France, Belgium, Luxemburg and Sweden. Sungard AS introduced its Channel Partner Program in 2009 across the U.S. and Canada. The European expansion comes after the continued success of this existing programme, which has produced consecutive year over year double digit growth and been repeatedly recognised with partner and industry awards. Read more

Data Center And Cloud 2016 Awards EMEA Shortlist Announced Showcasing Innovation And Service Excellence In Global Multi-Billion Dollar Industry

awards_2In what promises to be a bumper year for datacentre and cloud innovation and service excellence, the Datacloud Awards shortlist has been released. The results will be announced at the dinner and ceremony in Monaco on the evening of 7th June hosted by international celebrity Ms Ruby Wax.

As the bellwether for the industry, Datacloud Awards are globally relevant, and seek to recognize genuine innovation, service excellence and the continuing evolution of the sector and IT transformations underway.

Both the Data Centre Leadership and Cloud Leadership Awards, and the Cloud Above and Beyond Award will be announced at the event.

The shortlisted companies are as follows (in alphabetical order):

Excellence in Data Centre Service Award: CenturyLink, EBRC - European Business Reliance Centre, Etisalat and VIRTUS Data Centres

Data Centres Community Impact Award: Green IT Amsterdam and LuxConnect

Data Centre Above and Beyond Award: CBRE Managed Services Ireland, Green Mountain, SICS North Swedish ICT AV andZenium Data Center and KoçSistem

Excellence in Cloud Service Award: DARZ GmbH, EBRC-European Business Reliance Centre, Skyscape Cloud Services G-Cloud and Sungard Availability Services

Cloud Technical Breakthrough Award: Collabora Productivity, Cohesive Networks. Mambu for their FinTech cloud platform andSoftServe with OBH for Sense 360

Upcoming Cloud Service Provider Award: 1&1 Internet, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise (ALE), Logz.io and RackBank DataCenters Pvt Ltd

The awards this year bring new recognition for datacentre locations. Many agencies across Europe compete not only with each other, but also internationally and the award will offer a first in denoting industry distinction. The shortlisted locations were nominated by: Fife Council, Host in Ireland and The Node Pole.

The Most Innovative Energy Solution Award will showcase the use of a disruptive energy innovation and the shortlisted companies are: Cloud&Heat Technologies GmbH, DigiPlex, Infosys Bangalore and LuxConnect

Excellence in Connectivity Award recognizes high levels of service reliability and availability provided by cable, dark fiber and Internet Exchange providers. The shortlisted companies are: Cinia Cloud Oy, Equinix, Level 3 Communications and PCCW Global.

The ceremony will also include the annual BroadGroup Awards to an individual or company for achievement of the exceptional, and the European Commission will make awards for the European Code of Conduct.

“The global data center and cloud industry have truly come of age,” commented Gerd Simon, chairman of the Judges Panel, “and the Datacloud Awards, as the premier pan-European and MEAI event, uniquely reflects its importance and the ambition to achieve excellence in technologies and services. The Judges were delighted by the quality and breadth of this year’s nominations.”

Companies can benefit by attending the Awards dinner and ceremony, sponsoring one of the Awards, or with the recognition of being shortlisted, start making contact with a global network of potential customers and partners to jump start the success of their innovations.

Taking place in the exceptional backdrop of Monaco, the ceremony promises to be the most exciting night of the year celebrating the best and most innovative in the multi-billion dollar global industry that data center and cloud have now become.

Access to the dinner and ceremony is open to Gold ticket holders attending Datacloud Europe 2016.

Dataplex seeking €100 million for Dublin expansion

EddHII DataCentres Success Storyie Kilbane, the Chief Executive of the Irish data centre operator, Dataplex has told the Irish Independent that the company is looking for to secure some €100 million help fund a second datacentre in Dublin. "Dataplex is continuing expansion in the Irish market, we're currently in the process of raising €100m for some additional data centre space, which we'll be bringing to market," Kilbane told the Sunday Independent. Read more

Interxion announces third datacentre in Dublin

European datacentre company Interxion, has announced an initial investment of approximately €28 million to construct the first two phases of its third datacentre in Dublin (DUB3). Developed in response to continued customer demand, this new datacentre will be located in Grange Castle Business Park.
When fully constructed, DUB3 will provide a total of approximately 2,300 sq m of equipped space in four phases and total customer-available power of approximately 5MW. DUB3 will provide access to 40+ carriers and ISPs, as well as INEX, the Irish Internet Exchange, whose core node is based at Interxion’s existing Dublin data centre campus. Read more

INEX Announces a Regional Internet Exchange in Cork

inex_logo_defaultThe creation of INEX Cork will help foster the existing positive momentum in the communications industry in the region. INEX (Internet Neutral Exchange Association), Ireland’s Internet Peering Point, has announced that it will open its first regional Internet exchange point in Cork. The announcement of the new Internet Exchange (IX) reflects the growing Internet and digital economy in Cork and will provide a facility that will ensure that Internet traffic is served locally in the region, where possible. The CIX data centre, located in Hollyhill in Cork, has been selected as the carrier neutral location for INEX Cork, which is expected to go live in early Q2 2016. Read more

Ireland remains fastest-growing economy in Europe

New European Commission forecast expects Irish unemployment levels to fall further

Ireland has retained its status as the European Union’s fastest-growing economy, according to European Commission forecasts published this morning.

The Commission’s triannual analysis of the EU’s 28 economies predicts that Irish gdp (gross domestic product) will grow by 4.5 per cent this year, before slowing to 3.5 per cent in 2017.

Following growth of 6.9 per cent in 2015, Ireland continues to be the fastest-growing economy in Europe. The projected growth rate of 4.5 per cent in 2016 leaves Ireland just ahead of Malta and Luxembourg in terms of gdp growth, with 1.8 per cent growth forecast in the euro zone’s largest economy, Germany, 1.3 per cent for France, and 2.1 per cent in Britain.

Read more

Interxion selected as Dublin POP for $300m Aqua Comms fibre cable

PrintEuropean data centre operator Interxion’s Dublin campus has been selected to provide the point-of-presence (POP) for the $300m transatlantic fibre cable that will connect London with New York via Dublin and Mayo. Aqua Comms is the company behind the $300m transatlantic fibre cable that will connect the US to Europe via Mayo, which was recently spliced together in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Read more

Dublin Builds its Reputation as Europe’s Gateway to the Cloud

As originally written and published by Rich Miller on Data Center Frontier

Data Center FrontierIn the western suburbs of Dublin, as you cross the M50 highway that rings the city, the housing developments thin out and yield way to large industrial estates. This is where the cloud meets the earth.

This area of Ireland is one of the best places in the world to use fresh air to cool servers. That’s why it is home to a cluster of huge data centers that bring cloud services to European users, including server farms for Microsoft, Amazon Web Services and Google.

And now Facebook as well. On Sunday CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirmed that Facebook will build a huge new data center in Clonee in County Meath. Describing the company’s data centers as “some of the most complex machines ever created,” Zuckerberg said the new facility would be fully powered by renewable energy.

Ireland’s supply of renewable energy has also attracted Apple, which opted to bypass the Dublin cluster and build a massive data center near Galway on Ireland’s west coast. Ireland has 229 wind farms spread across its 27 counties, with total generation capacity of more than 3,000 megawatts of electricty.

“Ireland’s ability to generate and distribute energy from the wind banks to the data centres clustered around Dublin is cited as one of the attractive points when hosting from Ireland, for sure,” said Garry Connolly, President of Host in Ireland, an industry group seeking to boost data center development. “In the case of Apple, they have built in Galway, which is closer to the wind farms themselves.”

To read the entire post, please go to the Data Center Frontier website here

Facebook’s Second European Data Center Is Coming To Ireland

Posted by Facebook today officially announced that it plans to open its second European data center in Clonee, Ireland. The town, which sits right outside of Dublin will play host to Facebook’s sixth data center overall. Construction will start soon and the new facility will go online sometime in late 2017 or early 2018. Facebook’s first European data center opened in Luela, Sweden back in 2013. When that facility went live, Facebook stressed how it would be able to run it on 100 percent renewable energy and use “the chilly Nordic air” to cool it. In Ireland, Facebook will also only use renewable energy to power the new data center. Read more