Host in Ireland to Speak at Bisnow’s Data Center Investment Conference & Expo, Northeast

October 18, 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 its Founder and President, Garry Connolly, will be speaking at Bisnow’s Data Center Investment Conference & Expo, Northeast, taking place October 26, 2017 at 7 World Trade Center in New York.  He will be participating on the panel, “Data Center Site Selection: Big Picture Strategy, Cost of Land & Power, Economic Incentive and Beyond.”  Mr. Connolly, who is also co-chair of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Awareness Coalition, has more than 30 years’ experience in data centre site selection, demonstrating a pragmatic and commonsense approach to sales, negotiation, company start-ups and strategic thinking.

Mr. Connolly will be joined at the event by Phill Lawson-Shanks, chief architect and vice president of innovation, EdgeConneX®, and a Host in Ireland Executive Committee member.  Mr. Lawson-Shanks will be participating on the panel, “The Cloud Revolution: From Fiber to Cyber.”  EdgeConneX Edge Data Centers® (EDCs) are proximity-based, strategically located nearest to the end-user’s point of access to reduce network latency and optimize performance.  As Mr. Lawson-Shanks will discuss, local proximity access brings the cloud closer to the enterprise, enabling more secure, real-time access to cloud applications and services while offering reduced backbone transport costs.


Panel: “Data Center Site Selection: Big Picture Strategy, Cost of Land & Power, Economic Incentive and Beyond”

Panel: The Cloud Revolution: From Fiber to Cyber


Data Center Investment Conference & Expo, Northeast 7 World Trade Center New York


October 26, 2017 “Data Center Site Selection: Big Picture Strategy, Cost of Land & Power, Economic Incentive and Beyond.” 9:05 a.m. ET

“The Cloud Revolution: From Fiber to Cyber” 11:15 a.m. ET


“Data Center Site Selection” panel members include: Garry Connolly, Founder and President, Host in Ireland Stephen Campbell, Manager, Business Development, Con Edison Gerald Marshall, President and CEO, Netrality Properties Scott Millar, President, Catawba County Economic Development Corporation Todd Raymond, CEO and Managing Partner, fifteenfortyseven Critical Systems Realty Tony Rossabi, EVP and Chief Revenue Officer, TierPoint Moderator: Sonia Khanna, Director, Commercial Real Estate Finance, CapitalSource

“The Cloud Revolution: From Fiber to Cyber” panel members include: Phill Lawson-Shanks, Chief Architect & ​VP, Innovation, EdgeConneX Michael Higgins, Senior VP, Colocation Business Unit, Internap Corporation (INAP) Peter Feldman​​, CEO & Principal, DataGryd Phil Koblence​​, Co-Founder & COO, New York Internet Christian Koch, Manager, Core Network Planning, Pilot Fiber Jeff Moerdler, Member, Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC

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

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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

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

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

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 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

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.


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.”


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

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

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

Host in Ireland

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