11kV Utility supplies for Data Centres

Originally posted to Future-tech,

The amount of electrical power needed to supply data centres rises inexorably. This is despite seemingly never ending gains in IT computing power efficiency which only results in greater density, to the extent that the only viable option is to take electrical power from the utility grid at 11kV. This trend presents new challenges to the electrical engineer designing data centre power systems.
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Host in Ireland to Serve as Lead Sponsor at the Irish Tech News IoT Awards

Host in Ireland Founder and President and GDPR Awareness Coalition Founder and Co-Chair, Garry Connolly, to Participate in Event’s Keynote Q & A Session

DUBLIN, IRELAND – May 25, 2017 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 it will serve as the lead sponsor for the Irish Tech News IoT Awards 2017, taking place Tuesday, 30 May at DCU Alpha, a research-intensive innovation campus co-located with Dublin City University.  Host in Ireland Founder and President and GDPR Awareness Coalition Founder and Co-Chair, Garry Connolly, will participate in the event’s keynote Q & A session with Irish Tech News Senior Editor and event organizer, Simon Cocking. Read more

Dot-com data centre reaches end of life

Originally posted to Future-tech,

BACKGROUND

The London based data centre operator engaged with Future-tech to design and plan the logistics and sequencing associated with the refurbishment and upgrade of its primary data centre. All power and cooling equipment from the transformers, generators and UPS through to the air handling units and BMS have to be refurbished or replaced whilst maintaining live services to existing clients.

Much of the data centre’s critical infrastructure has reached the end of its serviceable life. Together with this, cabinet power densities have increased significantly since the late 90’s and early 2000’s and the facility’s capacity now needs to be 9MW+ if it is going to provide market acceptable power densities.

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GDPR Awareness Coalition Launches; Names Co-chairs

Host in Ireland Founder and President, Garry Connolly, and Internet Hall of Fame Pioneer, Dennis Jennings, to Serve as Co-chairs of the Initiative

DUBLIN, IRELAND – March 28, 2017 – The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Awareness Coalition today announces its launch, as well as the instatement of Internet Hall of Fame Pioneer, Dennis Jennings, as the coalition’s Co-chair, serving alongside Host in Ireland Founder and President Garry Connolly. Read more

Host in Ireland Announces New Addition to Its Advisory Council

IT Industry Veteran, Bernard Geoghegan, Joins Ilissa Miller, David McAuley, and Diane Hodnett to Drive the Business Advocacy and Success of Host in Ireland

DUBLIN, IRELAND – January 17, 2017 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, announces today that data center executive, Bernard Geoghegan, has joined the Host in Ireland Advisory Council. Working in collaboration with Host in Ireland Founder and President, Garry Connolly, the Advisory Council furthers the reach and impact of the initiative’s mission through well-formulated strategies based on its members’ extensive industry experience. Read more

How 60 Years of Innovation Turned Ireland Into Overnight Success for Digital Hosting Industry

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US Data Centres Successfully Overcome Three Global Challenges

Originally posted to Future-tech,

us-data-centres-successfully-overcome-three-global-challengesThe data centre industry has exploded with vigorous growth; according to industry analyst IDC, the total number of data centres around the world will peak at 8.6 million in 2017. While “Data Center Outlook 2016” reports that this year data centre stocks surged 19% in Q1, and averaged 50% in Q2 and shows that globally, North America remains the most competitive market, representing 44% of the total market share. Read more

Host in Ireland Now Accepting Partners for 2017

Garry Connolly, Founder and President of Host in Ireland, Reflects on the Growth of the Initiative and Looks Forward to 2017

DUBLIN - December 13, 2016 Host in Ireland, a strategic global initiative created to increase awareness of the benefits of hosting digital assets in Ireland, today announces the release of their 2017 Premier Partner Prospectus Video, highlighting the initiative's 2016 accomplishments, while also looking forward to what lies ahead in 2017.  As demonstrated in the video, the growth Host in Ireland has experienced in the last year should encourage more industry leaders to consider joining as a partner. Read more

5 Things Growing Start-Ups Need to Know

Originally posted on Silicon Republic For growing start-ups, there are a lot of things to consider at the start. How are you going to make money? What do you need to get started? Jelle Frank van der Zwet of Interxion has five essential tips to get you on the right road. growing-start-ups-advice-718x523For the majority of start-ups, getting the business going is their main focus, as it should be. Developing the product, getting ready to market, generating investment and pushing sales are all top priorities in those first couple of weeks, months and beyond. Read more

Host in Ireland to Present at HostingCon Europe 2016

Garry Connolly, Founder and President of Host in Ireland, to Discuss Key Considerations When Selecting an Out-of-Country Data Center

Host In IrelandDUBLIN – October 5, 2016 – Host in Ireland, a strategic global initiative created to increase awareness of the benefits of hosting digital assets in Ireland, today announces that its Founder and President, Garry Connolly, will speak at HostingCon Europe 2016, taking place October 11-12 in Amsterdam. Read more

Schneider Electric White Paper describes framework for responding to datacentre emergencies

Originally posted to Data Centre News

System Fail Situation

As modern business becomes increasingly reliant on 24 * 7 IT services, datacentres are obliged to ensure that they can provide resilience and keep working under all circumstances. This in turn means they must be prepared for exceptional events or emergencies and have plans in place to maintain continuous operation. Despite best practices being observed during site selection, extreme weather events such as Hurricane Sandy have shown that facilities may at any time be exposed to risks above and beyond hazards those from which they are normally protected. Read more

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

Housing, Jobs and Regulations key themes at National Construction Summit

Originally posted on Waterford Today

National Construction Summit 2016The 2nd National Construction Summit will be held this month in the RDS, Dublin. The free to attend event, which will be jointly chaired by Tom Parlon, Director General, Construction Industry Federation (CIF) and Tom Moloney, Chief Executive, Construction Information Services (CIS) offer a platform for discussion and debate on the future of one of Irelands most important sectors.

The event will be opened by Damien English, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal. Key note speakers including Mary Buckley, IDA, Phelim Devine, Design Director of the E800m National Paediatric Hospital, Fiona Cormican, Cluid Housing, John O Hara, Dublin City Planner, Pat Barry, Chief Executive, Irish Green Building Council, Tom Phillips, Chairman Property Industry Ireland and Garry Connolly, CEO, Host in Ireland. In total the eve will comprise over 170 speakers, 1 main stage, 6 seminars, 110 exhibitors and 20 supporting associations.

To read the full article, view it on the Waterford Today website here.

Host in Ireland Announces Support of Temple Street Foundation

Host in Ireland to Fund Production of Video to Help Raise Charitable Contributions to the Temple Street Children’s University Hospital and Awareness of Techies4TempleStreet

DUBLIN – June 15, 2016 Host in Ireland, a strategic global initiative created to increase awareness of the benefits of hosting digital assets in Ireland, today announces its charitable support of a video to be produced on behalf of the Temple Street Foundation and Techies4TempleStreet.  Filming will take place on Saturday, June 18, between 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. in the Lansdowne Room at the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) and coincides with the CoderDojo Coolest Projects’ Launch’d event, Ireland’s largest innovator and evolving technology summit. This year, Techies4TempleStreet’s goal is to raise €250,000 to help fund a new Neurology and Renal Outpatients Unit. Read more

Host in Ireland Receives Innovative Data Center Location Award

Datacloud Europe Honors Only Non-Governmental Organization in Competition

HII-DC-6.13DUBLIN – June 14, 2016 Host in Ireland, a strategic global initiative created to increase awareness of the benefits of hosting digital assets in Ireland, today announces that Datacloud Europe 2016 has awarded Ireland the Innovative Data Center Location Award. The Continent’s premier global IT infrastructure and cloud event, Datacloud Europe 2016 took place June 8-9 in Monaco and winners of the Datacloud Awards were announced during the 9th annual pre-conference dinner on June 7 at Le Méridien.  The inaugural award for data center locations in the EMEA signifies industry recognition on an international level and the win by Ireland was further distinguished by Host in Ireland’s position as the only non-governmental organization in competition. 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

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

Event Coincides with Host in Ireland Being Recognized as the Only Non-Governmental Nominee for the Data Center and Cloud 2016 EMEA ‘Location of the Year’ Award

DUBLIN, IRELAND – May 31, 2016 Host in Ireland, a strategic global initiative created to increase awareness of the benefits of hosting digital assets in Ireland, today announces its participation 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, and CBRE will be a featured organization in the “Irish Pavilion,” an exhibit focused on the advantages of the Irish hosting ecosphere.  In its 12th year, Datacloud Europe 2016 is the Continent’s premier global IT infrastructure and cloud event. Read more

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

Event Coincides with Host in Ireland Being Recognized as the Only Non-Governmental Nominee for the Data Center and Cloud 2016 EMEA ‘Location of the Year’ Award

Host In Ireland LogoDUBLIN, IRELAND – May 31, 2016 Host in Ireland, a strategic global initiative created to increase awareness of the benefits of hosting digital assets in Ireland, today announces its participation 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, and CBRE will be a featured organization in the “Irish Pavilion,” an exhibit focused on the advantages of the Irish hosting ecosphere.  In its 12th year, Datacloud Europe 2016 is the Continent’s premier global IT infrastructure and cloud event. Read more

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

“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.  

Host in Ireland Announces “Ireland, Data’s Gateway to Europe” Event, Featuring Helen Dixon, Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner

The April 6, 2016 Event Will Examine Europe’s Changing Data Protection Landscape, and EU-US Safe Harbor Principles

HII-New LogoDUBLIN, IRELAND – March 22, 2016 Host in Ireland, a strategic global initiative created to increase awareness of the benefits of hosting digital assets in Ireland, today announces a marquee event taking place at the Embassy of Ireland in Washington D.C., “Ireland, Data’s Gateway to Europe” on April 6, 2016 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. The event will feature a special presentation by Helen Dixon, Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner, along with informative presentations by industry leaders on the changing data protection landscape in Europe as well as EU-US Safe Harbor framework and EU-US Privacy Shield updates.

In addition to Commissioner Dixon, featured speakers include, Emmanuel Dowdall, Executive VP/Director North America at IDA Ireland, Buddy Rizer, Executive Director of Loudoun County’s Department of Economic Development, as well as Garry Connolly, President and Founder of Host in Ireland, who will present the “5 Ps” of digital asset hosting – Policies, Pedigree, People, Power and Pipes.

With the recent invalidation of the Safe Harbor framework, the European Commission and the United States have agreed upon a new framework for transatlantic data flows: the EU-US Privacy Shield. Because the EU-US Privacy Shield is still undergoing analysis by the European Commission’s Article 29 Working Party, complaints related to the invalidated Safe Harbor decision are being dealt with on a case-by-case basis and transfer mechanisms, such as Standard Contractual Clauses and Binding Corporate Rules, may be used to transfer data to the U.S. until the Article 29 Working Party completes its assessment. For companies, these changes will require mechanisms to keep better track of data flows from the respect of both employee and corporate customer data. Host in Ireland is already one step ahead of the curve in helping companies navigate the rapidly shifting terrain of data transfer compliance, aided by its longtime commitment to the 5 Ps of digital asset hosting. These key elements provide a structured foundation for hosting that supports Ireland’s position as a superior hosting location and attracts companies of all sizes and markets to the country.

“With the complexity and uncertainty surrounding EU-US data protection, it’s paramount that companies understand the nuances of compliance in order to remain competitive, and our panel represents some of the leading authorities in the field to address the current state of data protection in Europe,” states Garry Connolly, President and Founder of Host in Ireland. “Furthermore, through its steadfast integration of the 5 Ps, Ireland’s integrity in safely, securely, and effectively meeting hosting needs remains unparalleled. The upcoming event in Washington will offer attendees the opportunity to hear firsthand the crucial role Ireland’s commitment to these five key elements plays in ensuring the fidelity of digital assets in such a changeable time for EU-US data protection.”

“Ireland, Data’s Gateway to Europe” is free to attend and those wishing to register can contact marketing@hostinireland.com. To learn more about Host in Ireland, please visit www.hostinireland.com

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About Host in Ireland

Host in Ireland is an industry-led marketing initiative that provides timely and accurate information on 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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Ireland needs to defend its position in Europe’s digital future

From Safe Harbour and Privacy Shield to Facebook and Apple’s tax affairs, Ireland is at the centre of the digital battlefield of Europe whether it wants to be or not. The decisions we make and actions we take will sum up our character in the eyes of our European neighbours, writes John Kennedy. From our remote outcrop on Europe’s westernmost fringe, you would think we would be shielded from pivotal events, like war, etc, but because of the universal nature of the world’s digital economy, Ireland is on the frontline. In fact, we are at the very centre of the world in digital matters due to geography and industrial policy, and it’s time to show some responsibility and backbone. 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

Governments wishing to attract investment by data-centre providers must ensure key infrastructure is in place

"Given the long-term, capital-intensive nature of data centres, it is essential to create an overall environment that is stable and conducive to such investment."
Governments that wish to nurture a healthy Internet and technology ecosystem are placing increasing emphasis on attracting investment by data-centre operators and their users. Given the long-term, capital-intensive nature of data centres, it is essential to create an overall environment that is stable and conducive to such investment. This depends on two main factors. First, it is important for the overall business environment to be attractive, and the policy and regulatory environment to be progressive and non-restrictive. Second, certain pieces of key infrastructure must be in place at a high quality and an attractive price. In this article we focus on the infrastructure requirement, which has three key elements:
  • high-capacity domestic fibre connectivity
  • international connectivity
  • power.
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The European Code of Conduct for Energy Efficiency in Data Centre: Towards a Low Carbon Europe

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The European Code of Conduct for Data Centres programme is a voluntary initiative managed by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission’s in-house science service. The Code addresses primarily data centre owners and operators, and secondly the supply chain and service providers.

  The energy saving focus of the Code of Conduct covers two main areas: 1. IT Load - this relates to the consumption of the IT equipment in the data centre. 2. Facilities Load - this relates to the mechanical and electrical systems that support the IT electrical load. Screen Shot 2016-02-09 at 4.17.49 PM

The Data Centres Code of Conduct has been created in response to increasing energy consumption in data centres and the need to reduce the related environmental, economic and energy supply impacts. The aim is to inform and stimulate operators and owners to reduce energy consumption in a cost-effective manner without hampering the critical function of data centres. Providing a platform to bring together European stakeholders to discuss and agree voluntary actions which will improve energy efficiency following European conditions such as the climate and energy markets regulations.

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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.

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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

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

Host in Ireland Expands with Two New Partners for 2016

Cork Internet eXchange and Future-Tech Join Host in Ireland and Contribute Members to its Executive Committee 

DUBLIN, IRELAND – January 26, 2016 Host in Ireland, a strategic global initiative created to increase awareness of the benefits of hosting digital assets in Ireland, today announces the addition of two new partners for 2016.  Cork Internet eXchange (CIX), the major connectivity centre for the south west of Ireland, and Future-Tech, a data centre professional services provider based in West Berkshire, United Kingdom, have joined the organization, which has retained 15 partners from last year.  With the addition of these new partners, Host in Ireland also gains two new Executive Committee members, James Wilman, CEO at Future-Tech, and Jerry Sweeney, Managing Director at Cork Internet eXchange. Read more

Interview with Gary Keogh about Digital Realty’s Dublin expansion

logo-digital-realtyDigital Realty sales director Gary Keogh explains why Digital Realty is expanding its data centre facilities at Profile Park in west Dublin as part of a major €150m investment. As part of a €150m investment, which was first announced last year, Digital Realty will add approximately 10,000 sq ft of data centre technical space to complement its current and fully-occupied approximately 10,000 sq ft data centre hall at Profile Park in Dublin. Read more

Zayo to Acquire Viatel

Acquisition to cement Zayo as a leading Pan-European infrastructure provider

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Zayo Group Holdings, Inc. (“Zayo”) (NYSE: ZAYO), a leading provider of bandwidth infrastructure and network-neutral colocation and connectivity services, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Viatel’s infrastructure and non-Irish enterprise businesses. Viatel is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Digiweb Group, a full service telecommunications and managed services operator, based in Dublin, Ireland. The purchase price is approximately €95 million. The Viatel acquisition will provide Zayo with Pan-European intercity and metro fiber capability via an 8,400 kilometer fiber network across eight countries. The transaction will add 12 new metro networks, seven data centers and connectivity to 81 on-net buildings. Two wholly-owned subsea cable systems will provide connectivity on two of Europe’s busiest routes – London-Amsterdam and London-Paris. The Viatel businesses to be acquired are highly aligned with Zayo’s existing product and customer set, including a higher proportion of dark fiber revenue. Originally posted on Business Wire. To read this article in its entirety, please click here: Read More

Why Ireland? We ask Adroll…

AdRoll is a Silicon Valley start-up with technology that has gone down a storm in the fast-changing world of online advertising. Such was its success that it began to look for a base outside of North America to expand its operations. Marius Smyth, managing director for Europe, the Middle East and Asia, explains….

What exactly do you do?

We provide the number one retargeting technology for advertisers globally. Retargeting is when a company re-engages with customers after they have visited their website. It works by keeping track of people and displaying retargeting ads to them as they visit other sites online. With only around 2 per cent of people converting into a sale when they visit a web site, it’s a way for our clients to reconnect with the other 98 per cent as they go off somewhere else. It’s a platform where clients only pay for what they use and it’s becoming as ubiquitous as Google AdWords.

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Interxion in €170M Expansion in Four European Data Center Markets

PrintBY YEVGENIY SVERDLIK  European data center services giant Interxion announced plans to expand capacity in four key markets, expecting to invest about €170 million total. Plans include new data center construction in Amsterdam, where the company is headquartered, Dublin, and Copenhagen, and an expanded build-out plan for a previously announced facility in Frankfurt. In a statement, Interxion CEO David Ruberg said the provider saw “solid demand” across key European markets and was expanding in response. Read more

Digital Realty to invest €150m in expansion of Dublin data centre

Digital Realty handles storage and back-up for some 600 firms across a network of global data centresDigital Realty handles storage and back-up for some 600 firms across a network of global data centres
US firm Digital Realty is to spend €150m on expanding its data centre at Profile Park in west Dublin. The expansion will double the size of its existing 10,000 square foot facility which Digital Realty says is fully occupied. The company handles storage and back-up for some 600 firms across a network of global data centres. The latest investment in Ireland is supported by IDA Ireland. Read more

Q&A: Bjarni Thorvardarson, CEO, Hibernia Networks

After much anticipation, Hibernia Networks finally launched its Hibernia Express transatlantic cable in September 2015.

Bjarni Thorvardarson340pxCapacity catches up with Hibernia Networks’ CEO Bjarni Thorvardarson to find out about its progress and how it plans to meet growing customer demand in the market.   The Hibernia Express is now ready for service. What have been your priorities since its launch? As you can imagine, there is much work to do after you’ve launched a submarine cable. This has been five years in the making, from the preparation to the design through to the landing of the cable. Since the launch of the cable, we have been testing it for capacity and latency. We want to maximise the cable’s capacity as well as optimise its latency and diversity. That means making sure the route of the Hibernia Express is completely diverse from existing ones. Read more

Future-tech to Sponsor Host in Ireland Event at the RDS

DUBLIN, IRELAND – NOVEMBER 3, 2015- Future-tech, multi-award winning specialist data centre provider, today announces that it will be sponsoring breakfast and refreshments at this year’s Host in Ireland event. The special co-located event, “From Finance to Pharma, Why Companies Small & Large Host in Ireland,” will be taking place at the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) in Dublin and is scheduled on November 10, 2015 from 9:00am – 15:00pm. Read more

Digital Realty Completes the Acquisition of Telx

CREATING AN OPEN, CONNECTED GLOBAL PLATFORM FOR POWERING BUSINESS GROWTH

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: DLR), a leading global provider of data center solutions, announced today that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Telx, a premier provider of data center colocation, interconnection and cloud enablement solutions, from private equity firms ABRY Partners and Berkshire Partners in a transaction valued at $1.886 billion. The acquisition approximately doubles Digital Realty's footprint in the rapidly-growing colocation business, in addition to providing a leading interconnection platform.  It builds on Digital Realty's technical real estate expertise and expansive global reach, while satisfying customer demands for new products and services. "The combination of Digital Realty's and Telx's portfolios of data centers and capabilities gives customers the platform they need to grow and compete in a data-driven world.  Our focus on openness, agility, and exceptional service will provide a foundation for new business growth for our customers, and give them the ability to scale on a global basis," said A. William Stein, Digital Realty's Chief Executive Officer.  "This transformative acquisition is a significant step forward for our strategy of delivering an unparalleled range of data center solutions, real estate acumen, and financial strength to create unrivaled choice and value, when and where our customers need it." Read more

Better connectivity means a better future – it really is that simple

One good idea blue-sky thinking from business leaders and innovators

Originally published on Independent.Ie Always think global, says Maurice Mortell

jU6D-2liY15GTVPrpzaVgOkftAhOCAmo9ydxSfbq7V0,jSjryH9FiJLAySV2Ut6coAngVaSPCGqlSSHC46AbQEA,NLFtOGkNu2DGqMj1qRfPuAGPl05GFGDgh1v80xIFtlAIreland's economic rebound in the past year has seen the economy expanding by over 4pc, with our global reputation continually improving. Although Ireland is one of Europe's smallest economies, we have emerged as one of the most attractive locations in the world for international firms, especially from the US, to do business.

Ireland's technological connection and interdependence with the rest of the world are key enablers to how it conducts and attracts global business. To say that the internet and digital market have revolutionised the way Ireland collaborates and conducts business across borders is something of an understatement. While the digital world continues to create ample new opportunities, operating in a global market also introduces new challenges. I believe there are three pillars that Ireland needs to maintain to ensure it is truly capitalising on international opportunities. First, we need to create the infrastructure backbone that supports digital and 'born on the internet' companies. Second, Ireland needs to maintain and improve its global internet connectivity. Finally, we need to sustain and improve the nimble business environment, for which we are already renowned. The American Chamber of Commerce recently estimated that the US accounted for 72pc of Ireland's inward investment in 2014. If you take this down to sector level, Ireland is the second largest location worldwide for US Foreign Direct Investment in the technology sector. By understanding the drivers of US technology companies, we can begin to understand how to create an environment that is an optimum location for technology and digital companies worldwide. Technology companies may operate in a virtual world where they don't exactly create anything physical; however, everything virtual needs to live somewhere. In the book Silicon Docks: The Rise of Dublin as a Global Tech Hub, published earlier this year, Google cited the availability of a physical location for their data - a data centre - as one of the top reasons for choosing Dublin. More recently, Google announced that it is now one of the capital's biggest employers, with over 5,000 staff at its facilities in Barrow Street. With data centres playing a fundamental role in the country-selection process of global high-growth tech firms, how do we create an environment that maximises Ireland's chances of attracting tech FDI? As a positive start, Ireland has established itself as a data centre hub for a number of reasons, not least its optimum climate for cooling them efficiently. Power is another factor. We are attaining 21pc of our electricity from renewable sources and we're on our way to increasing that to 40pc by 2020. The availability of power as a resource is crucial for technology companies and, as a result, the national power grid is a strategic asset for Ireland. When a company builds a data centre in Ireland, this is a long-term investment that represents a real and enduring commitment to Ireland. This is why it is crucial that Ireland be equipped to cost-effectively meet the power requirements of high-growth tech companies. The second pillar that will help Ireland to capitalise on international opportunities is that of its global internet connectivity. Recent announcements from Hibernia Atlantic about the new Project Express cable (which links Ireland to one of the fastest transatlantic sub-sea fibre-optic cables), along with new services from transatlantic network provider AquaComms, are significant steps towards new connectivity capacity coming in Ireland. If Ireland wants to truly succeed as a global internet hub, we need to take into account that, as an island nation, we rely completely on transatlantic connectivity for our European and global reach. In mainland Europe, our counterparts can utilise networks that exist throughout the continent, networks that traverse the whole of Europe. Despite this, Ireland continues to attract global technology brands to its shores. An abundance of technology companies with a presence in Ireland will develop a critical mass, which will in turn drive improved global connectivity over time. The final pillar to help Ireland to become more competitive globally is simply to sustain and further improve our agile way of doing business. There are many reasons why Ireland is Europe's second most entrepreneurial country; favourable legislation, low business taxation and excellent entrepreneurial support, all coupled with a brave entrepreneurial spirit. As a result, the start-up scene is exploding, but to help these businesses really thrive, investment and an investor-friendly environment are also needed. Moving a business from a start-up to the growth phase needs an early investor. The growth phase leads to jobs created, which in turn creates tax revenue. Hence, we must ask the question, how attractive is it to invest in start-ups in Ireland and to move companies from start-up to the growth phase? Capital Gains Tax needs to be examined in terms of the effect it has on the investor environment. How does this tax affect the start-ups that need investors and investment to thrive? Also, how is it affecting established businesses, where long-term employees' share-save schemes are often used to attract the right candidates into a business to help it grow? Business growth is the essential ingredient to Ireland's economy and continued recovery. My one good idea puts a framework in place that creates an environment where Irish companies prosper, where international companies expand within Europe, and where all can grow to help shape a better future for Ireland. Maurice Mortell is VP of emerging markets and managing director of TelecityGroup Ireland  

A Thriving Digital Economy Can Respect Individuals’ Privacy While Ensuring the Global Community’s Safety and Protection

As Helen Dixon, Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner, pointed out in a statement issued by her Office, the issues dealt with in the decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) to invalidate the “Safe Harbour” system, under which companies transfer customer data from Europe to the United States, are “complex.”  She elaborated, saying that the issues “will require careful consideration” and “what is immediately clear is that the Court has reiterated the fundamental importance attaching to the right of individuals to the protection of their personal data. That is very much to be welcomed.” Read more

Host in Ireland Announces Co-Located Event at DataCentres Ireland 2015 Exhibition and Conference

From Finance to Pharma, Why Companies Small & Large Host in Ireland,” Scheduled on November 10 from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

host-logoDUBLIN, IRELAND – October 13, 2015 Host in Ireland, a strategic global initiative created to increase awareness of the benefits of hosting digital assets in Ireland, today announces it will hold a co-located special event at DataCentres Ireland 2015, “From Finance to Pharma, Why Companies Small & Large Host in Ireland," taking place at the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) in Dublin and scheduled on November 10, 2015 from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm. The event will feature a keynote by Helen Dixon, Ireland’s Data Center Protection Commissioner, as well as presentations, panel discussions, and case studies from leading international thought leaders on global hosting. “From Finance to Pharma” is targeted at the country managers, senior executives and advisors in the 1300 Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) companies in Ireland, including medical technology, finance, biotechnology and pharmaceutical sector firms, upon whom it is incumbent to consider the myriad benefits of hosting digital assets in Ireland. DataCentres Ireland 2015, a two-day exhibition and conference, is scheduled 10-11 November 2015. Read more

Hosting Data in Ireland: What Apple, Google & Facebook Know That You Don’t

From Finance to Pharma, Why Companies Large & Small Host in Ireland” by: Garry Connolly, Founder and President, of Host in Ireland Ireland is increasingly viewed by businesses as a global data centre hub. A recent TelecityGroup Ireland surveyed Senior IT decision-makers supports the claim, that one in five Irish-based companies has spent over €500,000 on data hosting in the past year. What are the key drivers to locating data centres and digital assets in Ireland? Read more

WHY CHOOSE IRELAND FOR DATA CENTERS?

WHY CHOOSE IRELAND FOR DATA CENTERS? Originally posted on Citadel100 Ireland’s attraction to multinational corporations, both those operating here and those considering investment, is based on a variety of factors, from low tax to the quality of the workforce. For current facts about Ireland please see the IDA (Industrial Development Agency) ‘Global Business Services Report 2013′ available here and their website here. Read more

CBRE Ireland Releases Bi-Monthly Report

cbre-logo-vector CBRE Ireland released their latest bi-monthly report focussing on trends and transactions in each sector of the Irish commercial property market.  Below is an excerpt from that report. To read this in full, please read click here   INDUSTRIAL & LOGISTICS
  • Transactional activity in the industrial and logistics sector paused for breath to some extent during July and August following a bumper first half of the year during which more than 185,000m2 of take-up was recorded in the Dublin market.
  • There was considerable activity in the data centre sector of the market during the Summer with Facebook having been granted planning permission for a data centre on the M3 motorway at Clonee, County Meath and Google announcing plans to develop a second data centre alongside their existing facility at Profile Park off the M7 motorway.
  • Demand for prime industrial sites which has been increasing of late is fuelled by an increase in demand for greenfield design-and-build solutions from occupiers that are frustrated by the scarcity of supply of modern accommodation along primary road networks.
  • With a large proportion of available stock now reserved and no new stock expected to be developed anytime soon, there is potential for a notable spike in prime rental values over the coming quarters as new market evidence materialises.
  • Demand for new industrial and logistics stock continues to strengthen although we do not expect to see any speculative development until well into 2016.
Click here to download the full report: CBRE | Bi-Monthly Research Report September 2015

5 things you need to know from the Data Protection Commissioner’s Annual Report

W80EPyiSvQ23ue_i1iPV3DQepy9EpCaeAclowa4vMy4 Ireland’s new Data Protection Commissioner (DPC), Helen Dixon, has issued her first annual report, for 2014. We look at five headline issues, including the DPC’s cooperation with global regulators, plans for upcoming audits and the expansion of the DPC’s staff and budget.

 

1. The DPC goes global

In 2014, the DPC actively engaged with her fellow EU data protection authorities (DPAs), as well as with DPAs from around the globe. These included Canadian, Australian and US authorities, with whom the DPC cooperated in relation to a global security breach. In the 2014 report, the DPC has underlined the importance of the memoranda of understanding with these global DPAs, noting the efficiencies resulting from these arrangements.  Given the growing cluster of US tech companies in Ireland, the DPC is aiming towards greater international cooperation and consultation. Indeed, one of Dixon’s stated goals for 2015 is “to improve international cooperation … in particular with [her] Article 29 ‘Working Party’ counterparts”.

2. Targeted audits

The DPC’s office has traditionally carried out substantial audits of multinational technology companies. Dixon’s predecessor, Billy Hawkes, led two of the office’s largest and most detailed audits – those of Facebook Ireland and LinkedIn Ireland. Given the dedicated resources required for large-scale audits of multinational tech companies, the DPC has stated that a “scope-and-risk” based approach will be taken for upcoming audits. As a result, audits may focus only on particular areas of concern, rather than being organisation-wide reviews. This appears to have arisen from the constraints in dedicating staff to audit functions, while also maintaining the of fice’s day-to-day functions. Read more

HIBERNIA EXPRESS TRANSATLANTIC CABLE ROUTE CONNECTS NEW YORK TO LONDON IN UNDER 58.95 MILLISECONDS

New transatlantic route’s actual latency exceeds the original design goals of the state-of-the-art cable system

logo-hiberniaDUBLIN, IRELAND – September 24, 2015 - Hibernia Networks, a leading provider of high speed global telecommunications services, announces that its new Hibernia Express transatlantic cable has an actual tested latency of better than 58.95ms (milliseconds) from New York to London, which is faster by more than half a millisecond off the original projected speed. The new 4,600km ultra low latency submarine cable is the first transatlantic cable build in over a decade. Hibernia Express has undergone rigorous testing over the past two weeks. Testing parameters included power stability, spectral efficiency and latency. The results confirmed the latency on Hibernia Express from LD4 in Slough, England to NY4 in Secaucus, New Jersey to be under 58.95ms. Read more

Irish-based businesses spent on average €160,000 hosting data in the past year

  • One in five Irish-based businesses spent upwards of half a million euro on data hosting in the past 12 months
  • Corporation tax, climate and proximity to Europe named as top three reasons to locate data centres in Ireland

logo-telecityDublin, 24 September 2015 – TelecityGroup Ireland, a leading European data centre provider, today announced results of a survey of senior IT decision makers which found that Irish-based businesses spent an average of €160,000 on data hosting solutions in the past 12 months. One in five (19%) said they spent upwards of half a million euro on data hosting in the past 12 months.  The results were announced at the official opening of TelecityGroup’s new data centre in Blanchardstown Dublin, in the presence of Leo Varadkar TD, Minister for Health, representing Dublin West. Read more

Ireland still ranked first for attracting high-value FDI

New study places Ireland in first place for fourth year in a row

This is the fourth year that Ireland has been named as the top-ranking destination by quality and value of investments
 Ireland continues to lead the world in attracting high-value foreign direct investment (FDI) projects, according to IBM’s 2015 Global Locations Trends report.

This is the fourth year that Ireland has been named as the top-ranking destination by quality and value of investments. It heads a list that also includes Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, Finland, India and Germany.

“(Ireland) continues to attract investment projects in industries characterized by high knowledge intensity and economic value added, such as life sciences and information and communication technology (ICT),” the report said.

According to the report, job creation around the world through foreign investment rose 6 per cent over the past year.

The study says that after several years of subdued investment activity and gradual declines in investment since 2010, a moderate recovery was made in 2014 in both the number of projects and jobs created from FDI around the world. Overall, job creation around the world through foreign investment has risen 6 per cent over the last year.

The US remains the world’s top destination for investment, with China second and India third, the study found. Rounding out the top ten nations are Mexico, the UK, Brazil, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines. Russia dropped out of the global top 20 after experiencing substantial declines in inward investment because of the regional conflict in Ukraine and the trade and investment barriers that followed.

IDA Ireland chief executive Martin Shanahan welcomed the latest rankings.

“Ireland’s position as the top ranking destination for quality and value of investments is based on global measures of productivity, knowledge intensity and occupational profile composition represented by wages and skills, and highlights the value and exceptionally strong contribution that foreign direct investment makes towards Ireland’s economy,” he said.

“Competition for FDI projects has never been as intense. IDA Ireland will continue to target blue-chip companies and the next wave of high growth companies in the coming years and capitalise on Ireland’s position as one of the top destinations in the world for Foreign Direct Investment,” he added.

Originally posted on Irish Times

Irish tech companies raise €307m in funding in first 6 months of 2015

Originally posted on Silicon Republic by Colm Gorey Irish tech companies had a rather successful first six months of 2015, with a new survey revealing €307m was raised by start-ups and SMEs in that period. The VenturePulse survey of Irish tech companies was undertaken by the Irish Venture Capital Association (IVCA) and also marks a significant jump of 45pc on the same period in 2014 when €211.9m was raised, and in 2013 when €164.9m was raised. Among the findings, the survey of Irish tech companies found that a total of €187.1m was raised during the second quarter of 2015 alone. Early-stage companies were able to raise €7.6m in Q2 alone – or 4pc of the total funds raised – while the total half-year amount was €19.4m in funds. Read more

Analyse this: Ireland is on the edge of a data science tsunami

Originally posted on SiliconRepublic.com Crunch the numbers and you can already see that Ireland has the edge when it comes to capturing a slice of the most significant transition in business and technology history: the onset of the data-driven economy. On a bright and sunny morning in April, Dublin awoke to the news that a European online fashion retailer called Zalando was locating in Dublin. The news meant a jobs bonanza of 200 new positions. However, these positions weren’t for designers or models, they were for data scientists and STEM graduates who could work in R&D. “Understanding our customers, and gaining deep insights into their purchasing patterns and their behaviour online means we can provide them with a personalised and compelling offering,” said Robert Gentz, co-founder of Zalando. In that one sentence Gentz summed up the biggest opportunity of the 21st century: understanding your data. If you said to anyone 20 years ago that we’d all be walking around with powerful computers in our pockets, people would have looked twice at you. But now, smartphone-toting buyers are just in the vanguard of a whole world of sensors providing signals and insights for companies to better serve customers and basically sell more stuff. All of these signals and all of these sensors combined with always-on internet activity means that businesses will need to find ways of filtering this data to find the needle in the haystack for opportunity or to make split-second business decisions. Already there exists a community of employers in Ireland for whom data is their life’s blood, including: AOL; Aon; Tableau Software; Twitter; Pramerica; Fidelity; Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Quantcast, TripAdvisor and Paddy Power, to name a few. I got my first insight into this field when it was a technology niche simply known as “business intelligence” and how casinos in Las Vegas even 10 years ago would gather and analyse data so effectively that no opportunity was lost in ensuring the average once-a-year visitor to the casino and its outlying shops, bars and restaurants would spend as much as they had on the premises. This data-driven thinking is being extended to every facet of life, including sports, where Sligo company Orreco, for example, has developed technologies that allow athletes and sports clubs across the world gain insights and ensure peak performance. When it comes to data science and data analytics, Ireland is already reaping the whirlwind of job opportunities as Zalando has shown. Other companies such as Aon have selected Dublin to host the Aon Centre for Innovation and Analytics (ACIA), for example. Accenture last year deployed a 40-strong analytics division in Dublin to develop future technologies and models for a variety of industries.
‘The data scientist is going to be one of the hottest jobs of the 21st century – it’s already an area in hot demand – but the teachers themselves weren’t aware of that’ – EDEL LYNCH, ACCENTURE
In March, it emerged that LexisNexis Risk Solutions is bringing in 70 jobs over the next three years for its Dublin-based centre of excellence for data analytics. As part of its efforts to capture a share of the US$1bn a year business intelligence market in Europe, Tableau Software is aggressively investing in its operations in Dublin. It already employs more than 33 people and has moved into new offices in Ballsbridge that can accommodate up to 100 people. Opportunities in data analytics aren’t purely the preserve of the multinationals. A new €446,000 collaboration between major Irish dairy producers Glanbia and Dairygold and Irish researchers will see data analytics and big data employed to help boost milk production. The collaboration involves researchers from Waterford Institute of Technology’s TSSG, Cork Institute of Technology and Teagasc collaborating with the dairy producers on the ‘Smart Appi’ Project. To work in the area of data analytics, good instincts in the areas of maths, data modelling and statistics are crucial. Jobs in the area include analysts for many parts of the industry –management, infrastructure, customer and QA. Salaries in big data and analytics vary from €40,000 a year for a junior business analyst, right to €65,000 for data governance managers, €85,000 for data warehouse architects and €100,000+ for heads of data governance.

Data science is the new storytelling

However, for Ireland to become a leading country for data analytics, career choices in this area are critical as there is a global shortage of skilled professionals. A report last year, Assessing The Demand For Big Data And Analytics Skills, by Forfás and the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN), identified measures to build the big data and analytics talent pool in Ireland over the period up to 2020 in line with enterprise demand. It estimated that Ireland could create between 12,750 and 21,000 jobs in data analytics if it maintains its focus on creating skills in maths, statistics and management science. The 21,000 potential job vacancies for skilled professionals could arise under the report’s high-growth scenario, from both expansion and replacement demand in the period up to 2020 – comprising 3,630 for deep analytical roles and 17,470 for big data-savvy roles. There is also potential for a further identified 8,780 job openings for supporting technology staff. The big question is, however, are we preparing our students for opportunities in this area, particularly in terms of maths skills. “The data scientist is going to be one of the hottest jobs of the 21stcentury – it’s already an area in hot demand – but the teachers themselves weren’t aware of that,” Accenture’s head of analytics in Ireland Edel Lynch told Siliconrepublic.com in an interview last year. In an effort to reverse this anomaly, Accenture joined forces with the Irish Maths Association to encourage secondary students to use maths and statistics as tools to rationally solve challenges in real-world situations. This is a vital concept because, as Zalando has shown, every business at some stage in the future will have to become a data-driven business. In the working world the changes are already underway as workers move beyond office productivity tools like Word, PowerPoint and Outlook to use data visualisation tools like Tableau to provide the narrative for telling a story and providing insights into business trends. Tableau Software is making a large investment in Europe, with recent growth driven by international expansion in 2014. The company has seen revenue growth of more than 100pc for the past two years in EMEA, and has grown its customers by 60pc since 2013, reaching more than 5,000 customers in EMEA in 2014 and more than doubling its employee headcount. In an interview with Siliconrepublic.com recently, Tableau’s CEO Christian Chabot said he sees Tableau as leading the charge for a new generation of software companies that will define the working world as we know it much the same way as Office from Microsoft has done in the past 20 or more years. Chabot cited research from the University of Notre Dame on what employers were looking for today. “They found that the most likely skills that employers were looking for were in the world of data analysis in addition to other common things you are supposed to know about like the social graph, social networking web and internet publishing. Data is coming into that realm now and it is something that we would like to help with.” He said that because of the availability of talent and skills his ambition is to see Tableau become one of the larger tech employers in Ireland. Currently the largest tech employer in Ireland is Google, which employs up to 5,000 people (2,500 direct and 2,500 indirectly) and, speaking with Siliconrepublic.com, the head of Google in Ireland Ronan Harris said that analytics is at the heart of everything Google does. For Ireland to catch this wave and ensure the best opportunities for students, a reassessment of how maths, for example, is taught, needs to be examined whereby the use of analytics can be applied to real-world scenarios. Not only that, but software languages like Ruby and Python need to be better understood and Ireland could take a leaf from the UK’s strategy of making coding a compulsory subject at school. No more dawdling or learning by rote, data is the language of now and we need graduates who can crunch the numbers, capture insights and signals and be the storytellers of the future.  

About the Author: Editor John Kennedy is an award winning technology journalist at Silicon Republic

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Why Squarespace chose Dublin

logo-telecityOriginally posted on TelecityGroup.ie Since starting out in New York ten years ago, Squarespace has built a business by helping others to publicise theirs – giving them tools to build slick, well-designed websites without having to know how to write code. With millions of sites now built on its platform and a growing international business, the company set up its first overseas operation in Dublin in May 2013. Raphael Fontes, director of EMEA operations, explains …

What does Squarespace’s Irish office do?

The main focus is what we call customer operations, to support Squarespace customers and whoever is interested in the product. That’s the bulk of our team here. We also have some IT, we have some facilities people and we just hired a HR person. We’ve been hiring primarily for time zone coverage. Prior to the Dublin office opening, we only had our New York headquarters. We’re at 70 people right now, and we’re heading in the right direction and expanding fast for the next year. Currently, the product is English-only so everyone is providing support in English, even if our customers are in different countries.

How easy was it to set up in Dublin?

It took a few months. Squarespace hired the first employee who worked from home for the first two weeks, and then moved to [tech start-up incubator] Dogpatch Labs. Very quickly, Dogpatch Labs became too small so we moved into the turnkey business centre, where they offer IT to the desk and so on. The third stage, which we’re getting close to, is to have a permanent office. That’s what we’re looking forward to. So far, there have been good options to grow and no big blockers to expanding. It has gone well. The support we got from IDA Ireland was really welcome and it accelerated a lot of things that we would have had to do on our own, such as finding partners for payroll and HR, and connecting us to leaders of different tech companies here.

Most tech firms that come to Ireland do so for some combination of the tax incentives, availability of labour and Ireland being an English-speaking country. Were there other considerations for you?

More specific to Squarespace was the time zone difference to New York. It helped that there was a relatively short distance for us, and with Ireland being business friendly. A lot of our hires are about personality and how that person will represent the company to our customers. Part of that was talking to people, understanding the general vibe of the city and its people– that was something that was considered. It was not just a decision about the facts you’ve mentioned; it was how to facilitate the culture. Dublin was the first office outside New York so we wanted to find people who would fit in with our culture and align with what is in New York. Those other things are nice to have, but the main one was getting a fit with the company culture.

Is there a concern that it could become hard to recruit the people you need here because of competition from all the other technology companies Ireland has attracted?

I don’t think there is a risk of it becoming a problem. There are so many different opportunities here. For example, I worked for eight years at Google and three and a half of those years were in Dublin, so there’s a natural cycle. In a way, having that competition forces all companies to differentiate themselves to attract the stronger talent. I think it’s a good thing for the country and for the folks who are looking for a job. The other thing I want to point out is that we hire primarily for personality. For customer operations, we don’t just look for people who want a foot in the door and are looking to move their career. We want people who want to work with our customers and make a difference and understand the customer’s problem. We’re not necessarily looking for the same profile of people that other tech companies are. We hire people from very different backgrounds, so that opens us up to different skills. We have a very healthy pipeline.

A lot of tech companies are known for interesting or unusual ways of working. Does Squarespace do anything like that?

Some of it is similar; we offer food and snacks and video games. We’re still in a temporary office in Dublin, but if you look at our office in New York, there’s a lot of attention to detail; it’s architecturally nice – things you wouldn’t think about, such as the colour of our desks or how we integrate art in the workplace are important. Design is obviously important to us – after all, our buisness is about making beuatiful websites. We have a lot of people from an artistic background in the company, such as designers and photographers, so the look and feel of the office matters.

Squarespace sales are growing at more than 100% per year, you advertised at the Super Bowl and there’s talk of an IPO … what’s it like to work for a company like that?

It’s great, it’s very exciting. There are so many opportunities and things to think about. Growth brings a lot of interesting opportunities in how you make that happen. You can sense a good vibe of things going well, the product is developing … it’s a really exciting place to be. This company has been around for ten years. There’s a very established culture, so it’s about how you keep those elements, and make the right hiring decisions; how do you go from everyone being in the one room to having multiple offices? It’s about focus and it forces us to be vigilant and try to prioritise. We’re working on the internationalisation piece. At the same time, there’s a very healthy pipeline of new products, so it becomes about how do we make the right choices and not lose what has made the company successful so far. It’s about not losing that balance and not losing the opportunity. It’s interesting to try and work those challenges out.  

ANEXIA SELECTS INTERXION AS ITS DUBLIN-BASED DATA CENTRE SERVICE PROVIDER

Originally posted on Interxion.com Interxion-Logo-300x51 DUBLIN, 1st September 2015Interxion, a leading European provider of carrier and cloud-neutral colocation data centre services, today announced that it has been selected by Anexia, a global hosting management services provider, to provide data centre services from its data centre in Dublin. The deal enables Anexia to service the needs of US corporation clients with European head-quarters in Dublin even better. Anexia, whose head office is based in Austria, offers high-quality customised solutions for web and managed hosting as well as individual software and app development. The provider currently hosts infrastructure in more than 60 locations across 40 countries. Interxion’s appointment now provides Anexia with highly secure and reliable services in Dublin and the unparalleled connectivity options to meet clients’ needs. Speaking about the deal, Adam Rogers, Managing Director of Anexia USA said: “We work with Interxion across many European locations because they are responsive to our needs and provide outstanding support services. We have a strong working relationship with the Interxion team, where we successfully create solutions together in partnership and deliver them to our client’s as a complete package. When looking for a data centre provider in Ireland, Interxion was an obvious choice for us and we are looking forward to deepening our relationship with them.” Karl Mulhall, MD of Interxion Ireland added: “Anexia’s move into the Irish market is a key example of how the location of global IT companies in Ireland is spawning wider growth within the industry, especially in data centre services. We are delighted to be working with Anexia and look forward to supporting their expansion in Ireland.” - ENDS - About Interxion Interxion (NYSE: INXN) is a leading provider of carrier and cloud-neutral colocation data centre services in Europe, serving a wide range of customers through 40 data centres in 11 European countries. Interxion’s uniformly designed, energy efficient data centres offer customers extensive security and uptime for their mission-critical applications. With over 500 connectivity providers, 20 European Internet exchanges, and most leading cloud and digital media platforms across its footprint, Interxion has created connectivity, cloud, content and finance hubs that foster growing customer communities of interest. For more information, please visitwww.interxion.com. About Anexia ANEXIA offers high-quality customized solutions for web and managed hosting as well as individual software and app development. The company was founded in 2006 in Klagenfurt, Austria. Today, it has additional offices in Vienna, Munich, Cologne and New York City to serve numerous international customers. www.anexia.com

Interxion: Blacknight Case Study

Interxion-Logo-300x51Since its foundation in 2000, Blacknight Internet Solutions has grown continuously, serving customers from lobbyists to multinational corporations. Its services include web hosting, colocation and domain registry. As Blacknight’s operations expanded over time, it needed to engage more directly with a dedicated data centre operator. “Data centre services that we take from third parties are more than mission critical. In the case of a company such as us, all of our services are online. We have thousands of customers from all over globe – in some cases running multi-million euro businesses,” explains Blacknight founder and CEO Michele Neylon. Having evaluated several operators, Blacknight chose Interxion as its primary data centre provider. “We liked the fact that Interxion has two data centres in Dublin, and it offered a level of services that would work for us,” Neylon says. “We had done a certain degree of due diligence, and we liked the profile of other companies that were using Interxion’s centres. It’s important to know that another company whose judgment you trust is happy with the services,” he adds. Blacknight houses its hardware at its own private suite in Interxion’s DUB facility. As it is constantly adding new servers to meet a growing customer base, and carrying out regular maintenance work on existing equipment, it leases office space from Interxion where a member of Blacknight staff is permanently based on site. “Having staff physically close to the data centre, considering the amount of work we’re doing, makes sense. Otherwise we would be sending staff from Carlow every day. This saves cost and time,” says Neylon. For the full story, click here to download the pdf.

Google to build second Irish data centre in Dublin

Originally posted on Irish Times

Tech giant will invest €150 million in project and employ 400 people during construction

Google is building a new data centre in Ireland and investing €150 million in the project.

The centre will be its second owned and operated data facility in Ireland; it leases a third.

There had been speculation last year that Google planned to open a new facility in west Dublin – following a planning application – to give it the room to expand.

Head of operations with Google Ireland Ronan Harris said the investment underlined the company’s commitment to Ireland.

“I think the view that we have of Ireland is that it is a wonderful place to base ourselves and do business.

“Every time we’ve wanted to expand and grow, we’ve been able to find the talent and infrastructure that we needed to be able to do that.”

Jobs

The data centre will employ 400 people during the construction phase. When the centre is up and running, it will employ 30 people in a variety of roles, similar to its existing facility in west Dublin.

“We’re still very excited about our presence in Ireland and what Ireland has to offer,” said Mr Harris.

“We’ve made a lot of capital investments here since 2010, including a data centre that went online in 2012. This is yet another investment on our part.”

Google has been investing heavily in Ireland. Between 2010 and 2012, it spent €300 million on the initial buildings in the Barrow Street area of Dublin, which has now become known as Silicon Docks.

In 2014, it spent €65 million on Grand Mill Quay

Google’s new Irish head has his gaze fixed on innovation

Originally posted on Irish Times

googleRonan Harris brings a vision for change to his new role after 10 years with the tech giant

It’s a wonder that Ronan Harris gets anything done. Google Ireland’s new head has a corner office with a breathtaking view of Dublin city that would distract even the most focused person. It’s a clear day, you can see right across the city, taking in everything from the Aviva Stadium to the Dublin mountains and more.

But when you are the head of one the biggest tech companies in the country – and vice-president of its EMEA operation too – the view is just a nice extra.

“It’s great, even on a bad day,” he admits. “All of the offices no matter which side of the building you happen to be on have an amazing view. We’re all pretty lucky I think here.”

On the day we meet, he has already had somewhat of a star-studded morning, with Amy Schumer and Bill Hader delivering one of the company’s “Fireside chats” at Google’s Foundry building across the street. Harris was there to perform the introductions before heading back to his office in Google Docks.

It’s been a hectic few weeks for Google as a company. The company has restructured and rebranded as Alphabet, with Google forming a wholly-owned subsidiary of the new Alphabet, alongside other ventures such as Nest and Calico, the company’s longevity product. The announcement was live streamed to Google’s offices around the world.

The new structure is something that may take the rest of a little longer to get used to, but Harris has taken it all in stride.

“Google never sits still. I think it’s one of the things that makes us such an exciting company, whether it’s in terms of our products or organisation or some of the experiments we do in Google X. We’re a company that is built on innovation – if you build on innovation, you build on change,” he says. That certainly can be seen in Google’s operations over the years.

For a company that started out as primarily focused on search, things have changed considerably. Google has moved into mobile devices with Android, the internet of things with Nest, and has dabbled in driverless cars and wearables, with Google Glass.

Even in Ireland, things don’t stay still. The Dublin team has grown from its humble beginnings to be an important part of Google globally. Rather than simply sales and marketing, the company has a considerable engineering function here too, from hardware and data centres with site reliability and search quality.

“We are where the rubber hits the road for our users, publisher and advertising partners for EMEA,” says Harris.

“We provide the supports, the sales support, the research and innovation out to each of those groups from here. For me it’s really important that we stay at the forefront of that, that we continue to be the fountain of insight for Google across each of those groups and the innovation associated with it.”

While Google’s change to Alphabet may mostly be a rebranding, the appointment of a new head of Google Ireland is not.

Harris has only been in the role since May, when John Herlihy stepped down after 10 years at the helm, but he’s a company veteran and determined to make his mark.

He joined Google as the company was packing up from its former home in Harcourt Street and making its way to Barrow Street, where it now dominates the heart of Dublin’s Silicon Docks. “We were one of the first tech companies to arrive in this part of town,” he says. “We had taken two floors of Gordon House and it was a huge space, and we were wondering what the future held.”

Data centre

A bit of crystal ball gazing would have revealed some good news for the company. Back then, it was only getting started in Europe, with between 2,000 and 2,500 employees globally. Now, between full-time staff and contractors, Google Ireland employs double that. At the last head count in October last year, the Irish arm employed 2,500 people on a permanent basis, and it’s set to grow further with the introduction of second new data centre in west Dublin.

An electronic engineering graduate, Dublin-born Harris had a stint overseas, putting in a few years as an engineer with Mitsubishi before moving into consulting. From there, he moved on to be a director of Truscom, before taking up the role of chief operations officer of e-learning firm Skillspro. His entrance to Google came in 2005, and the rest, as they say, is history.

“I’ve always been working in the tech area, so to see this blossoming tech scene building in Dublin and for us to be a major part of that is great,” he says. “It’s a huge source of personal pride for me.”

It’s a nice way to mark a decade at the company, taking over the top job. But Harris is modest about the achievement.

“What made me right for the job?” he laughs. “You have to ask somebody else that question.”

Building the operation

Despite his modesty, being appointed to the job is one of his proudest moments in his career, he says, particularly because he was involved in building the Irish operation over the past decade.

“Being asked to lead the site is both a humbling moment and also one I’m very proud of,” he said. “There’s an amazing amount of people who have put a huge effort into building the success of Google in Ireland and building its reputation within Google globally.”

It’s the people that form a major part of the culture at Google. The company is known for its less-than-staid work environment, with employees enjoying perks like an in-house gym and swimming pool, fully stocked fridges and snacks throughout the building, and themed days where staff dress up or bring in baby photographs.

“It can be [long hours and hard work], but it’s fun. Google is well known for having an amazing work environment,” he says. “The most fun thing we have on the list that we like is the people we have here. We’re lucky to be able to attract the talent that we do. Maintaining that culture is very important to us.”

One thing that may have made Harris stand out above other candidates for the top job is his focus on innovation – a major consideration for a company in such a fast-moving sector.

“I’ve always had this huge focus on innovation, and trying to constantly change and constantly look for the next thing – don’t always get it right but part of being at Google is that we expect people to try things and to fail,” he says. “Hopefully over 10 years I’ve demonstrated that the focus on innovation is important in terms of leadership at Google.”

His focus over the years has been on where the company can innovate and change to do things better for its customers, build new services and products for partners and change how it operates internally to be one of the more efficient parts of Google. That, he says, is key.

“In the world of technology, in the world of internet, you can’t afford to stay still. You have to be constantly challenging and thinking about what’s next,” he says.

Adrenaline

Sitting still certainly doesn’t seem like it’s in Harris’s character. He is, he admits, somewhat of an adrenaline junkie. In his office, there’s a certificate that acknowledges he’s climbed Kilimanjaro. He took the trip in 2007 with a few people from Google - something he did for a bit of fun. “It was great,” he said. “I like some interesting and crazy stuff.” His family also keeps him busy, with two children to balance with the demands of his current role. “That’s a busy part of life that time has to be made for,” he says. “You make the best of it, you figure out how to balance it and get the quality time. That’s so important.”

In his spare time – something he has a little less of these days with the travelling that comes with the VP role – he likes kite surfing, sailing and other water sports, a throwback to his days at UCD. His typical haunts are Dublin Bay or Roaring Water Bay near Skibbereen, although his regular trips to California might yield more temperate conditions for scuba diving.

But for now, his professional focus at least is on cementing Google Ireland’s place in the global organisation.

“I think Ireland Inc has got this tremendous position where it’s now got nearly all of the top 20 largest internet companies with their European headquarters based here,” he says.

“I think it’s a huge opportunity for Ireland to build around that and for Ireland to play as an increasingly important role as a data hub for Europe. We just need to keep fuelling that ecosystem.

“Hopefully we can sustain the growth.”

CV

Name: Ronan Harris

Position: Head of Google Ireland, VP of Google EMEA

Age: 43

Family: Married with two children aged 5 and 7

Something you might expect: Most of his career has been with tech companies since he graduated from UCD

Something that might surprise: He is a bit of an adrenaline junkie, and counts kite surfing and scuba diving among his hobbies. He has also climbed Kilimanjaro

“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!

PRIMARY INTEGRATION SOLUTIONS OPENS DUBLIN, IRELAND OFFICE

Offers Comprehensive Third Party Commissioning and Operational Risk Management Consulting Services Primary IntegrationDUBLIN, IRELAND — July 27, 2015 – Primary Integration Solutions, a leading mission critical facilities/data center global commissioning and operational risk management consulting organization, has opened a new office in Dublin, Ireland under the direction of Terry Gillick, who is serving as the Division President for the company. The office is offering comprehensive third party, independent commissioning and operational risk management consulting services to owners and builders of high-tech facilities, data centers and other mission-critical facilities in Ireland and throughout Europe. “By establishing a footprint in Ireland, Primary Integration is in a position to offer global commissioning and operations consulting solutions to our domestic clients, and to service new clients that are based in Europe,” commented Shawn Till, CEO of Primary Integration Solutions. “We are excited to join the community of global service providers in the mission critical space. It is an exciting time in our industry, and we are proud to be able to help our clients grow their infrastructure both domestically and abroad.” Terry Gillick is responsible for spearheading the company’s Dublin operations, serving as a point of expertise, authority, and leadership for Primary Integration’s operations and long-range vision. Mr. Gillick has over 25 years of experience working with data center and mission critical facility owners on major development and construction projects. An international mission critical facilities/data center commissioning firm headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina with offices across the US, Europe and Canada, Primary Integration Solutions is a subsidiary of Primary Integration (PI), a mission critical commissioning and operational risk management consulting services organization. (www.primaryintegration.com).

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Vodafone Ireland investing €7million in new data centre services for business customers in Ireland

Originally posted on Realwire Dublin, 24th August 2015 – Vodafone Ireland today announced that it is to invest €7million to provide new data centre services for its business and public sector customers in Ireland, as part of the expansion of its Cloud & Hosting business across Europe. Vodafone enterprise customers will now be in a position to enhance their IT security, increase their operational flexibility and reduce costs. The development will enable customers to securely outsource their full IT hardware resources and store large volumes of data and software applications with Vodafone, in either dedicated or shared infrastructure environments. The data centre services will be available to customers from the end of October 2015.
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The initial offering will see Vodafone Ireland bring a comprehensive range of cloud and hosting services to the market, from simple co-location to managed hosting, private cloud and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). These are services that eliminate the need for businesses to maintain extensive IT resources, helping them to become more flexible, more secure and save costs. Vodafone is leveraging its 20 years of expertise in Europe in the cloud & hosting sector, which has delivered complex enterprising hosting solutions to hundreds of large and small companies throughout Europe. These new services will complement the existing capabilities from Vodafone Cloud & Hosting services across a network of 18 data centres in the UK, Germany and South Africa. Organisations using the new Irish facilities will benefit from the global breadth and high levels of security of Vodafone’s global network. This expansion brings Vodafone Ireland’s investment to date to almost €25 million over the last number of years in expanding its total communications capabilities for business customers. Commenting on the announcement, Anne Sheehan, Enterprise Director at Vodafone Ireland said, “We are very excited to expand our business division into cloud and hosting services for large companies and public sector clients. This further consolidates our position as Ireland’s Total Communications provider for enterprise. Our customers such as Ryanair are increasingly moving their critical IT services to the cloud, and as a result of this announcement today, Vodafone Ireland can now offer our business customers the ability to host their IT services in Vodafone’s secure data centre facilities.” Director of Vodafone Cloud & Hosting Services, Michelle Senecal de Fonseca, said, “This is a great example of how our services are evolving, reflecting the changing needs of our customers. The opportunity offered by cloud services is transforming businesses today and we believe that Vodafone is ideally placed to help companies bring together fixed, mobile and cloud technologies to the best effect.” Further information on Vodafone Cloud & Hosting Services is available at http://www.vodafone.ie/medium-large-business/cloud-and-hosting -ends- For information: Orla Benson, Vodafone Ireland, 087 8033262 About Vodafone Ireland Vodafone is Ireland’s leading total communications provider with 2.3 million customers and employs 1,900 people directly and indirectly in Ireland. Vodafone provides a total range of communications solutions including voice, messaging, data and fixed communications to consumers and to small, medium and large businesses. Since 2011, Vodafone has expanded its enterprise division, offering integrated next-generation fixed and mobile solutions in addition to cloud-based platforms, machine to machine services and professional ICT support. Vodafone Group is one of the world's leading international mobile communications groups with mobile operations in 26 countries, partners with mobile networks in 55 more, and fixed broadband operations in 17 markets. For more information, please visit www.vodafone.ie

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

Healthcare search engine Whatclinic.com to create 26 new jobs in Dublin

Originally posted by John Kennedy, Editor of Silicon Republic Whatclinic.com, a global healthcare comparison website that began in the home of entrepreneur Caelan King, is to create 26 new jobs in Ireland over the next 12 months. Whatclinic.com enables patients to compare and review more than 120,000 private healthcare clinics across 135 countries worldwide. Combined with online booking and independent price checks, it allows consumers to make an informed decision about the medical treatment they choose. The healthcare search engine company began in the Dublin home of entrepreneur Caelen King, who had personal experience of the lack of access to useful information on medical procedures.

Whatclinic.com – a one-stop shop for healthcare information

Since 2006, King and his team have developed Whatclinic.com into a dedicated one-stop-shop for information on elective treatments available across the globe. The company now employs 60 people in its Dublin HQ — with a small number of colleagues based in Poland and Brazil — and has experienced a 50pc increase in staff year-on-year for the past three years. “We want to change the world by increasing access to information to help drive down the cost of private healthcare and provide transparency around quality of treatment and cost,” said King. “The consistent growth of visitor numbers to Whatclinic.com shows that there is a growing need for independent, trustworthy information around private healthcare.” Since its launch, more than 60m visitors have used Whatclinic.com’s expert technology to find, compare and book a variety of procedures across a wide range of elective, self-pay medical treatments. The most common enquiries are for GPs, dentistry, hair loss treatments, medical aesthetic procedures and plastic surgery.
‘We want to change the world by increasing access to information to help drive down the cost of private healthcare and provide transparency around quality of treatment and cost’ – CAELAN KING
Whatclinic.com has more than 1,800 customer clinics in 64 different countries, and 95pc of its revenue is export-based, with the UK its biggest market. Before creating Whatclinic.com, Caelen King was vice president of product at NewBay Software and a key member of the executive management team that revolutionised the mobile operator market with social mobile web applications. Previous to NewBay Software, Caelen led the marketing of Baltimore Technologies’ flagship product, UniCERT. “We are on the search for ambitious and dedicated talent who will support our commitment to patients,” King said. “We have a strong team of innovative and inspiring people and we are looking to build on this by doubling our sales and customer care teams as we expand our consumer offering into global healthcare markets.”

Hibernia Networks lays first US-Europe sub sea cable for 12 years

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Originally posted by Joao Lima at Computer Business Review on August 13, 2015

Fibre optic cable has come ashore in Ireland to serve demand for high speed trans-Atlantic connectivity driven by big data and cloud.

Hibernia Networks has deployed a 4,600 Km low latency fibre optic submarine cable connecting the US to Irish shores. The first transatlantic cable to be deployed in 12 years is expected to go live in September linking Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada to Cork, Ireland. With 100Gbps transmission speeds, the €273 million project will allow data to travel across the Atlantic ocean within 60 milliseconds, four to five milliseconds faster than others companies' submarine cables, according to Hibernia Networks. The company said that the Hibernia Express cable will yield in excess of 10Tbps per fibre pair, nearly three times more the capacity delivered on current transatlantic systems. Decision to lay the cable was taken after an increasing demand for high speed connectivity driven by big data, cloud and media rich applications, according to the provider of global capacity services. Bjarni Thorvardarson, CEO of Hibernia Networks, said: "The new low latency cable provides the international connectivity it needs to support the big data and cloud applications that are driving the transformation of telecommunications globally, enabling businesses to operate more efficiently and competitively." Omar Altaji, CCO of Hibernia Networks, said: "Financial firms, web-centric companies, media players and traditional telecom service providers alike will benefit from the speed, diversity and scalability that Hibernia Express brings to the transatlantic corridor."

Telecities: Helping You Connect to Dublin

Screen Shot 2015-08-13 at 2.19.06 PMFrom its origins as a small settlement, Dublin is today at the heart of Ireland as well as its most populous city. Ireland’s capital has proved resilient through the years having undergone numerous political and social changes, and Dubliners are renowned for being warm and welcoming hosts. In the last two decades, the city has transformed into an internationally acclaimed digital and technology hub, playing host to some of the world’s largest global pharmaceutical, financial and technology companies in the world. telecities-dublin

The Currency of Cloud

A pioneering cloud service is helping some of the biggest companies in the world reduce their risk exposure around foreign exchange transactions - with Europe part of the plan Originally posted on TelecityGroup.ie. logo-telecityWith some multinationals losing up to 80 per cent of their earnings due to foreign exchange rate volatility, little wonder that many of them are eager to adopt technology solutions to mitigate the risks. FiREapps has been one of the biggest beneficiaries, attracting a slew of heavyweight customers that includes Google, Pfizer, Accenture and Ericsson. The firm has been around since 2000, though chief executive Wolfgang Koester will point out that the first four years were largely spent in research mode. The game-changing move came in 2006 when the company took all of its expertise in managing risk and turned it into a SaaS (software-as-a-service) solution. In the process, Rim Tec – short for Risk Management Techniques – became FiREapps. Up until then, the business had been about co-sourcing solutions with mid-size companies, reducing their exposure through consultation and data analytics. The firm became an early cloud mover when it identified a way to go global and target much larger companies. “It was about seeing the service through our customers’ eyes and coming up with a much better business model where they didn’t have to install software onsite and have people managing it,” says Koester. “We can offer our services to anyone, anywhere in the world, and get them up and running in a month without ever going onto their premises.” He compares this with monolithic ERP systems and treasury solutions where it can take a year to get an implementation working properly. “That’s a ridiculous timeframe in today’s world,” he says. “Corporations just don’t have a year to solve a problem.”

Business case

FiREapps has combined classic cloud selling points with a solution that has direct benefits to the bottom line, a sweet pitch with a compelling business case. For such a savvy and focused company, it’s no surprise that classic cloud bugbears were addressed from the outset. The firm was encrypting on-the-move data long before it was a regulatory requirement. “We have kept ahead on security from the beginning. For most companies, security is a trade-off. They tend to spend a little less on it and more on their core product or services, and just hope that it will be enough,” Koester says. “For us, it’s core to our product and we have to continue to invest. We have to stay ahead whereas most companies settle for the status quo.” Because FiREapps is easy to integrate with other products, clients can pull in raw data from multiple sources inside their firewall – everything from forecasting software that might be as simple as a spreadsheet, to complex ERP and treasury systems. Then they push the data out to the cloud for contextual analysis, opening a pathway to executable decisions that will immediately benefit the bottom line. With year-on-year growth of 40 per cent since 2012, and plans to expand the 70-strong workforce as it opens offices in the UK and Germany, FiREapps has achieved success through a killer combination. The platform conforms to a simple SaaS delivery model but all the years of research have given it a rich capability that has made it a market leader, according to Koester. “The only thing every company has in common is that they have a completely different approach to managing foreign exchange risk,” he says. “We have built a very flexible, self-service platform that interacts and executes on the data the way our clients choose. That was the major breakthrough; that’s why we have companies all around the world using it.”

TelecityGroup partnership

When the time came for FiREapps to extend its footprint into Europe, one data centre emerged as the partner in waiting. What steered the company to Ireland and TelecityGroup was expert advice. In its early days, FiREapps used a US hosting company that it liked enough to acquire. As the software-as-a-service model evolved, the team became a trusted part of the business and was dispatched to Europe in search of the perfect host. “There were key elements that would drive their decision-making: it obviously had to be a secure and robust environment; we had to have the ability to manage it remotely and, like any other business, it had to fit it in with our cost model,” says Gage. The team came to Europe to investigate the market, carrying out physical inspections and talking to prospective providers. A shortlist of three data centres was drawn up. “From a service, security and value perspective, TelecityGroup came out top by a distance. The others were not even close,” he says. According to Gage, it was much more than having the required levels of ISO certification and management accreditations. TelecityGroup ticked these boxes but it was its partnership approach that was the real difference. “Our clients demand very thorough security reviews and every one of them has different processes, so our architecture is designed to continually adapt. It's key for us that TelecityGroup can fit in with that,” he says. “If a customer has a specific requirement or question about the data centre, I need to know that someone in TelecityGroup will have the answer.” The relationship is flourishing as TelecityGroup fulfils a valuable role for FiREapps as the business moves forward. “We needed a data centre with a responsive team that would be an extension of our business. Our top clients view our data centre as part of our overall offering, so whoever we chose had to mesh well with us and ensure we could maintain our track record of success,” says Gage. “With TelecityGroup we have a world-class facility that can do this.”

Digital Realty to acquire Telx

SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASES BREADTH OF DIGITAL REALTY'S GLOBAL DATA CENTER PLATFORM AND PROVIDES OPPORTUNITIES FOR GROWTH EXPECTED TO BE ACCRETIVE IN 2016
logo-digitalrealtySAN FRANCISCO, July 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: DLR), a leading global provider of data center and colocation solutions, and Telx, a national provider of data center colocation, interconnection and cloud enablement solutions, announced today they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Digital Realty will acquire Telx from private equity firms ABRY Partners and Berkshire Partners in a transaction valued at $1.886 billion. The combination is expected to double Digital Realty's footprint in the rapidly-growing colocation business, as well as provide Digital Realty customers access to a leading interconnection platform.  Telx's extensive interconnection ecosystem enables the exchange of information between communications service providers, enterprises, content providers and other entities with low latency and diverse connectivity across a global network and is expected to provide Digital Realty an opportunity for future growth.  As of March 31, 2015, Telx managed 1.3 million square feet of data center space operating out of 20 facilities across the country, of which two are Telx-owned, 11 are leased from Digital Realty, one is partially sub-leased from Digital Realty and an unrelated third party, and six are leased from third parties. "This transformative transaction is consistent with our strategy of sourcing strategic and complementary assets to strengthen and diversify Digital Realty's data center portfolio and expand our product mix and presence in the attractive colocation and interconnection space," said A. William Stein, Digital Realty's Chief Executive Officer.  "Telx's well-established colocation and interconnection businesses provide access to two rapidly-growing segments with long-standing customer relationships in top-tier metropolitan areas such asNew York and Silicon Valley.  The fact that more than half of Telx's 20 facilities are run out of Digital Realty properties further highlights the strategic fit as well as the potential incremental revenue opportunities we expect to be able to pursue as one company on a global basis.  This transaction advances our objective of ensuring that Digital Realty's suite of products and services is able to best serve our customers' current and future data center needs." "We are excited to join Digital Realty and become part of a much larger global data center services platform," said Chris Downie, Chief Executive Officer of Telx.  "We look forward to working with the Digital Realty team to extend a broader, enhanced data center solution to our collective customers.  The combination of Telx's colocation and interconnection capabilities with Digital Realty's expansive wholesale platform provides greater flexibility and optionality for our customers and creates a global solutions provider covering wholesale customer applications and smaller performance-oriented deployments in select high-growth urban submarkets across the U.S.  As we open this new chapter, I am proud of our team who, with the support of our partners, ABRY and Berkshire, have significantly increased Telx's revenue and earnings since 2011 and have positioned the company for long-term growth." Closing Details and Financial Impact In connection with the definitive agreement, Digital Realty received a commitment from a syndicate of lenders for a $1.850 billion unsecured term loan bridge facility, the proceeds of which will be available for use, if necessary, to fund a portion of the acquisition of Telx.  Borrowings, if any, under the bridge facility will bear interest at a rate based, at the borrower's option, on LIBOR or a Base Rate (as defined in the commitment papers), in each case plus an applicable margin based on Digital Realty 's credit rating, and the facility will mature 364 days after the closing date of the acquisition of Telx. The transaction is expected to close later in the year and is subject to customary closing conditions.  The transaction is expected to be accretive to 2016 financial metrics. BofA Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley are serving as Digital Realty's financial advisors and Latham & Watkins LLP is serving as Digital Realty's legal counsel in connection with the pending acquisition.  Barclays and DH Capital are serving as financial advisors and Kirkland & Ellis LLP is serving as legal counsel to ABRY Partners, Berkshire Partners and Telx in connection with the pending acquisition. Additional details about the transaction will be provided on Digital Realty's second quarter 2015 earnings call scheduled for Thursday, July 30, 2015. For Additional Information: Media Inquiries John Christiansen / Lindsay Andrews / Reze Wong Sard Verbinnen & Co (415) 618-8750 Investor Relations John J. Stewart Senior Vice President, Investor Relations Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (415) 738-6500 About Digital Realty Digital Realty supports the data center and colocation strategies of more than 600 firms across its secure, network-rich portfolio of data centers located throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.  Digital Realty's clients include domestic and international companies of all sizes, ranging from financial services, cloud and information technology services, to manufacturing, energy, gaming, life sciences and consumer products. About Telx Telx is a data center solution provider fueling infrastructure, interconnection and business progress.  A privately held company headquartered in New York with west coast operations out of San Francisco, Telx serves a broad range of industries from 20 data centers located across 13 U.S. metro areas: the New York/New Jersey metro area, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Seattle, Portland,Atlanta, Miami, Phoenix and Charlotte, N.C.  Telx manages 1.3 million square feet of data center space and more than 52,000 network connections. About Berkshire Partners LLC Berkshire Partners, the Boston-based investment firm, has invested in over 100 middle market companies since 1986 through eight investment funds with aggregate capital commitments of over $11 billionBerkshire has developed specific industry experience in several areas, including communications, consumer products and retail, business services, industrial manufacturing and transportation.  Within communications, the firm has particular expertise in infrastructure investments including Crown Castle International (NYSE:CCI) and Lightower Fiber Networks.  Berkshire has a strong history of partnering with management teams to grow the companies in which it invests, with the goal of consistently achieving superior investment returns.  The firm seeks to invest $50 million to $500 million of equity capital in each portfolio company. About ABRY Partners Founded in 1989, ABRY Partners is a media, communications, and business and information services focused private equity investment firm.  Since its founding, ABRY has completed over $42 billion of transactions, representing investments in over 450 companies.  The firm is currently managing over $4.3 billion of total capital and is investing out of a $1.9 billion private equity fund, $950 million senior equity fund, and a $1.5 billion senior debt fund. Safe Harbor Statement This press release contains forward-looking statements which are based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially, including statements related to the acquisition of Telx, the expected benefits from the acquisition, expected timing for closing the acquisition and financing plans.  These risks and uncertainties include, among others, the following: the impact of current global economic, credit and market conditions; current local economic conditions in our geographic markets; decreases in information technology spending, including as a result of economic slowdowns or recession; adverse economic or real estate developments in our industry or the industry sectors that we sell to (including risks relating to decreasing real estate valuations and impairment charges); our dependence upon significant tenants; bankruptcy or insolvency of a major tenant or a significant number of smaller tenants; defaults on or non-renewal of leases by tenants; our failure to obtain necessary debt and equity financing; risks associated with using debt to fund our business activities, including re-financing and interest rate risks, our failure to repay debt when due, adverse changes in our credit ratings or our breach of covenants or other terms contained in our loan facilities and agreements; financial market fluctuations; changes in foreign currency exchange rates; our inability to manage our growth effectively; difficulty acquiring or operating properties in foreign jurisdictions; the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstance that would compromise our ability to complete the acquisition of Telx within the expected timeframe or at all; our failure to successfully integrate and operate acquired or developed properties or businesses, including Telx; the suitability of our properties and data center infrastructure, delays or disruptions in connectivity, failure of our physical infrastructure or services or availability of power; risks related to joint venture investments, including as a result of our lack of control of such investments; delays or unexpected costs in development of properties; decreased rental rates, increased operating costs or increased vacancy rates; increased competition or available supply of data center space; our inability to successfully develop and lease new properties and development space; difficulties in identifying properties to acquire and completing acquisitions; our inability to acquire off-market properties; our inability to comply with the rules and regulations applicable to reporting companies; our failure to maintain our status as a REIT; possible adverse changes to tax laws; restrictions on our ability to engage in certain business activities; environmental uncertainties and risks related to natural disasters; losses in excess of our insurance coverage; changes in foreign laws and regulations, including those related to taxation and real estate ownership and operation; and changes in local, state and federal regulatory requirements, including changes in real estate and zoning laws and increases in real property tax rates.  For a further list and description of such risks and uncertainties, see the reports and other filings by the company with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2015.  The company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.   SOURCE Digital Realty Trust, Inc.
 

Sungard AS and Digital Realty partner for service expansion

50 new jobs in European service expansion from Dublin data centre Originally posted on TechCentral.ie.
Digital Realty's Digital Profile Park data centre from which Sungard AS will host its expanded services (Image: Digital Realty)

Digital Realty's Digital Profile Park data centre from which Sungard AS will host its expanded services (Image: Digital Realty)

30 June 2015 | Sungard Availability Services and Digital Realty have agreed a new partnership that will see the former expand its availability and recovery services through the latter’s Tier III data centre facilities. The expansion by SunGard is expected to create around 50 new jobs in various areas from technical operations and customer services to sales and marketing. Sungard AS said that the perception of Ireland as a gateway destination for companies wishing to do business in Europe has led to increasing demand to host data and services here. The company said there are benefits in the latest infrastructure available, and a rapidly developing knowledge economy. Demand is coming from financial services organisations looking for “the highest level technology solutions, through to government bodies who are increasingly moving towards a digital first approach,” said Sungard AS. The company said that its expansion will ensure that rapidly growing organisations located both in here and elsewhere can benefit from its global cloud platform and managed services, based on Irish soil. The data centre provided by Digital Realty in Digital Profile Park, Dublin, is a certified Tier III facility that has also achieved ISO 27001, as well as the sustainably rating of “Excellent” under Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREEAM). “This expansion will not only help us evolve our current services for these rapidly growing organisations, but also enables us to attract more business from across the world – and in return, jobs – to the area,” said Gary Watson, general manager, Sungard AS Ireland. Watson said that the key requirements of robust infrastructure and resilience needed to be matched with the right premises, and this was found in the Digital Realty data centre. “We work with Digital Realty in other territories, and know that its technology is of the highest standard, so we are proud to be able to continue to offer our customers best of breed services,” said Watson. “The Irish market continues to benefit from the investments that many large and successful technology organisations such as Sungard AS are making in the country,” said Bernard Geoghegan, managing director EMEA, Digital Realty. “Ireland’s infrastructure supports the high speed, low latency networks that are vital to a variety of businesses, ranging from cloud providers through to large financial organisations and social media giants. We are impressed with the portfolio of services that Sungard AS provides, which we are already helping to deliver across the US. We believe that this latest partnership will attract even more investment into Ireland, as well as giving organisations access to world class production and recovery solutions.” Garry Connolly, president of Host in Ireland, the group set up to promote Ireland as an destination for data and service hosting, said that it reflected well for Ireland that two such companies would make such a significant investment here in these services. “It’s a great day for Ireland when a global company like Sungard Availability Services, who has built an award-winning reputation for providing cloud services to its clients, decides to significantly increase its presence here,” said Connolly. “By partnering with Digital Realty in its new Dublin campus, Sungard Availability Services demonstrates how Ireland is a well-established location for hosting critical data, leveraging the 5Ps — Policy, Pedigree, People, Power, and Pipes. Host in Ireland would like to wish Sungard Availability Services every success.” Read more: http://www.techcentral.ie/rKjm4#ixzz3hNzwIO5m

Idiro Analytics Selects Interxion to Provide Data Centre Services for Its Worldwide Operations

DUBLIN, 27th, July 2015 – Interxion, a leading European provider of carrier and cloud-neutral colocation data centre services, today announces that it has been selected by Idiro Analytics, the analytics services provider, to host its worldwide data centre services in Dublin, Ireland Idiro Analytics, whose head office is based in Dublin, provides advanced analytical services and software to its clients around the world. Interxion’s appointment provides Idiro with the unparalleled connectivity options to meet clients’ needs as well as a highly secure and reliable service. Speaking about the deal, Aidan Connolly, CEO of Idiro said “When looking for a data centre provider, we needed one that could facilitate the global nature of our business, while having a local presence in Dublin for effective management of our needs. Interxion fitted that requirement as well as having the agile approach that we need as we plan the growth of our business.” Tanya Duncan, MD of Interxion Ireland added “We are delighted to be working with Idiro – an exciting indigenous company which is servicing a worldwide client base. The area of advanced analytics will be a huge area of growth in the future and we look forward to working with Idiro as they continue to evolve and grow their business.” About Interxion Interxion (NYSE: INXN) is a leading provider of carrier and cloud-neutral colocation data centre services in Europe, serving a wide range of customers through 39 data centres in 11 European countries. Interxion’s uniformly designed, energy efficient data centres offer customers extensive security and uptime for their mission-critical applications. With over 500 connectivity providers, 20 European Internet exchanges, and most leading cloud and digital media platforms across its footprint, Interxion has created connectivity, cloud, content and finance hubs that foster growing customer communities of interest. For more information, please visit www.interxion.com. About Idiro Analytics Since its establishment in 2003, Idiro have been assisting customers improve their businesses by using advanced predictive analytics. Idiro are specialists in predictive analytics and social network analysis and have recently launched Red Sqirl, their Hadoop based data mining solution that runs on the cloud or on-site. Headquartered in Dublin, Idiro has been serving clients in Europe, Asia and the Americas and is globally recognised as a pioneer in Big Data. For more information, please visit www.idiro.com

Digital Profile Park – Dublin

Originally posted on www.digitalrealty.com Ireland, a highly attractive location for hosting digital assets. Located within a modern business park in an outstanding location, just 20 minutes from Dublin city centre, Digital Profile Park data centre provides approximately 8,000 square metres of net technical space. This facility provides maximum product flexibility with state-of-the-art power, cooling, connectivity and system redundancy. To view this post in its entirety, please click here.

TelecityGroup- A Dublin Hub for Hubspot

Originally posted on www.telecitygroup.ie Massachusetts-based software provider Hubspot has more than 11500 customers in 70 countries. A concept it developed, known as inbound marketing, aims to earn consumers' attention through quality content. In January 2013, it opened its European headquarters in Dublin, headed by managing director, Jeetu Mahtani. To view this post in its entirety, please click here.

“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

CBRE Joins as Partner of Host in Ireland

DUBLIN, IRELAND – June 16, 2015 Host in Ireland, an industry-led marketing initiative created to drive interest in hosting digital assets in Ireland, today announces that CBRE, the global real estate advisor which provides best-in-class technical engineering services for commercial buildings in the United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland, will join the advocacy organization as a partner. Read more

Host in Ireland Announces New Addition to Its Advisory Council

Terry Rennaker of Rennaker Company Consulting Joins Ilissa Miller, Margaret Molloy and Nicola Hayes to Drive Business Advocacy and Success of Host in Ireland

DUBLIN, IRELAND – June 2, 2015 Host in Ireland, a marketing initiative created to drive interest in hosting digital assets in Ireland, announces today that Terry Rennaker, President of Rennaker Company Consulting Inc., has joined the Host in Ireland Advisory Council. Designed to work in tandem with Host in Ireland Founder and President, Garry Connolly, the Advisory Council will further the reach and impact of the initiative’s mission through well-formulated strategies based in extensive industry experience. Read more

Host in Ireland Announces Participation In Datacloud Europe

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DUBLIN, IRELAND – 30 April 2015Host in Ireland, an industry-led collaborative initiative created to increase global awareness in hosting digital assets in Ireland, today announces its participation in Datacloud 2015 Global Congress Europe, which takes place in Monaco June 3-4, 2015. Datacloud 2015 is hosted by Information Media Technology and Professional Services company BroadGroup. Read more

Host in Ireland Announces 2015 Executive Committee

13 Executives from Host in Ireland Sponsor Companies Collaborate to Improve Ireland’s Position as an Optimum Digital Assets Hosting Location

host-in-ireland-logo1DUBLIN, IRELAND – April 14, 2015 Host in Ireland, an industry-led marketing initiative created to drive interest in hosting digital assets in Ireland, today announces its 2015 Executive Committee comprised of 13 executives from various Host in Ireland sponsor companies.  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 focused on improving Ireland’s position within the industry as a superior digital assets hosting location.

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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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Successful U.S.-Based Companies Join the Host in Ireland Initiative

Tate, Inc., Primary Integration Solutions and CommScope Team Up to Support the Host in Ireland Mission of Cost-Effective Hosting Opportunities within Ireland

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DUBLIN, IRELAND – February 3, 2015 Host in Ireland, an industry-led marketing initiative created to drive interest in hosting digital assets in Ireland, today announces the addition of three new partners for 2015.  Due to increasing interest from U.S.-based companies, Host in Ireland has expanded its reach to include Kingspan subsidiary Tate, Inc., a global provider of data center construction solutions; Primary Integration Solutions, an elite, mission-critical commissioning and operational risk management company; and CommScope, a network infrastructure solution company.  With the incorporation of these new companies, the Host in Ireland community will continue to educate the market on Ireland’s portfolio of hosting benefits. Read more

Co-opetition: Collaborating Beyond Four Walls

Ilissa MillerBy: Ilissa Miller, CEO, iMiller Public Relations and Advisory Council Member, Host in Ireland

In marketing, there is a phenomenon that sometimes occurs in which competitors cooperate with one another in order to progress forward within an industry.  We call this type of unconventional collaboration, “co-opetition”.  With a mission to educate the general marketplace on Ireland’s available hosting benefits, Host in Ireland has seized the opportunity to expand its limits of collaboration, carving a brand new path to achieve its goals and objectives.

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Host in Ireland to Sponsor and Speak at Datacloud Europe 2017

Host in Ireland Founder and President, Garry Connolly, to Discuss the Impact of the GDPR

DUBLIN – 1 June, 2017 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 its Showtime sponsorship and participation at Datacloud Europe 2017, taking place 6-8 June at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.  Host in Ireland Founder and President, Garry Connolly, will participate on a panel discussing the impending General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation in the European Union. Read more

Mercury Engineering and Siemens Join Host in Ireland as Strategic Partners for 2017

The Organization Welcomes Paul Carthy, Business Development Manager at Mercury Engineering, and Gavan Plunkett, Global Account Manager at Siemens, to its Executive Committee

DUBLIN, IRELAND – March 7, 2017 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 Mercury Engineering, international provider of engineering solutions within the construction industry, and Siemens, a global technology conglomerate, are new strategic partners for 2017.  In addition, Paul Carthy, Business Development Manager at Mercury Engineering and Gavan Plunkett, Global Account Manager, Data Centre Solutions at Siemens, will both join the Host in Ireland Executive Committee.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mercury Engineering and Siemens as our newest strategic partners,” states Garry Connolly, Founder and President of Host in Ireland.  “These companies are driving growth throughout the hosting industry with advanced technological innovation in engineering and electronics manufacturing, and will serve as critical assets to the growing collective of Host in Ireland partner companies.  In addition, we welcome Mr. Carthy and Mr. Plunkett, who together bring more than 50 years of industry experience to Host in Ireland’s Executive Committee.”

Host in Ireland is globally recognized as an influential body that not only positions Ireland as the premium location to host data, but also ensures the voice of the data center ecosystem is heard from a policy perspective,” states Gavan Plunkett, Global Account Manager, Data Centre Solutions at Siemens.  “By being a strategic partner of Host in Ireland, Siemens is contributing to the development of this critically important industry, and we are supporting the initiative by giving access to our worldwide range of experts and by participating in global events to attract data centers to Ireland.”

Ireland’s data center landscape has evolved dramatically over the past decade, growing into a world-class hosting location.  As more companies seek data center environments that offer enhanced connectivity, security, cost control and renewable energy, Ireland has proven itself to meet the key hosting requirements of virtually any organization.  Host in Ireland conveys this message utilizing the “5 Ps,” which represent 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.

“Mercury Engineering is proud to be active members of Host in Ireland,” comments Paul Carthy, Business Development Manager at Mercury Engineering.  “With constant change in global politics, growing legislative and regulatory complexity, and increasing stakeholder demand for transparency, companies today are obliged to conduct their business in a new strategic space.  Host in Ireland provides a global forum of industry peers through which we can raise our profile internationally, share and discuss industry trends and best practices, discuss challenges and opportunities, and, most importantly, influence change.”

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.

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.

About Mercury Engineering

MERCURY is an internationally-recognized provider of complex engineering and construction services.  With projects completed in 28 countries on four continents, the company has an unrivaled track record constructing data centers and has become the vendor of choice for some of for the world’s major operators.  Services offered include: Full Turnkey Design and Build, Project Management, Design, Procurement, General Contracting, Specialist Commissioning and Maintenance.  For more information, visit www.mercuryeng.com.

About Siemens

Siemens (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years.  The company is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization.  One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is No. 1 in offshore wind turbine construction, a leading supplier of gas and steam turbines for power generation, a major provider of power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry.  The company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT.  In fiscal 2015, which ended on September 30, 2015, Siemens generated revenue of €75.6 billion and net income of €7.4 billion.  At the end of September 2015, the company had around 348,000 employees worldwide.  Further information is available on the Internet at www.siemens.com.

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