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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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About Host in Ireland

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

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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

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

Dataplex seeking €100 million for Dublin expansion

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

What Makes Ireland the Ultimate Data Centre Capital of Europe?

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

What makes a good data centre?

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

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.

MEDIA CONTACT: Ilissa Miller iMiller Public Relations Tel: +1 866 307 2510 pr@imillerpr.com

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  

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

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