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 If you are interested in learning more about the Host in Ireland initiative, visit  

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

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.

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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

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 Completes the Acquisition of Telx


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