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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 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

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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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

Irish Data Center Growth Places an Increased Focus on Facility Efficiency and Renewable Energy Sources

By Garry Connolly, President and Founder, Host in Ireland

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As Ireland continues to attract the world’s leading technology companies, we are now also starting to see the digital assets that support these organizations being housed here as well. Global Internet giants like Amazon, Google, Microsoft, TelecityGroup, Digital Realty, Citadel100, Dataplex, Interxion, and most recently Apple, with its €850 million data center in Galway, are all making large infrastructure investments in the region. The expansion of the Irish data centre sector is further assisted by the influx of Ireland – US submarine cable deployments from the likes of Aqua Comms Limited, Hibernia Networks, Viatel, Sea Fibre, and Zayo Group, which are all supporting companies’ continued growth in Europe as well as growing capacity needs across the Atlantic. Data centre growth in Ireland has successfully extended the global reach of organizations that currently call the country “home.” Moreover, it has had a profoundly positive impact on Ireland’s workforce and economy, attracting large corporations to the region in order to create new opportunity and help make the country an even more appealing location for companies to expand their digital footprint. So, what exactly is driving such rapid proliferation of data centre development in Ireland? A simple way to remember why Ireland has become a powerhouse in this space is based on what we at Host in Ireland call the 5 Ps: Policy, People, Pedigree, Pipes and Power.   Ireland’s political and economic stability, as well as public policy, provide an unprecedented framework for secure hosting of even the most sensitive data and information. The country’s pro-business political structure focuses on protecting corporate interests and offers a wide array of attractive tax benefits including a low corporate tax rate. Ireland’s workforce is also young, educated, uniquely affordable and highly ambitious. Furthermore, the IMD has ranked it first for flexibility and adaptability in its World Competitiveness Yearbook.   We also have an impressive 60-year history of developing, fulfilling and now hosting digital assets. Ireland is currently home to nine out of 10 worldwide Information and Communications Technology (ICT) corporations, nine out of 10 pharmaceutical corporations, three out of six top gaming companies, top 10 “born on the Internet” companies, more than 50 percent of the world’s leading financial services firms and 12 out of 15 global medical device companies.   Arguably the country’s most compelling feature in enabling and attracting data centre investment, however, is power. With a smart power grid that serves as the global exemplar and a commitment to securing 40 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020, Ireland offers an impressive and highly affordable power solution to some of the world’s biggest energy consumers. Industry sources estimate that today’s data centres consume approximately 3 percent of global electricity and produce more than 200 million metric tons of CO2 emissions. The statistics are sobering, and as data centre size, scale and reliance continue to grow in the future due to the Internet of Everything (IOE), the Internet of Things (IOT), social media, big data and cloud computing, they will only continue to exacerbate.   As we surpass 8.6 zettabytes of annual global data centre IP traffic by the end of 2018, our demand for data centre and cloud-based infrastructures will be greater than ever. By 2018, more than 78 percent of workloads will be processed by the world’s cloud data centres. This data has data centre operators searching for more economical and environmental methods of powering their facilities as data centres increasingly become the backbone of our everyday lives. In Ireland, a popular solution to this challenge is the use of renewable sources of energy, including hydro, biomass, solar, tidal, wave and wind power. As a world leader in wind energy integration, Ireland has an installed wind power capacity of 2,281MW. Last year, this addressed approximately 18 percent of the country’s electricity needs, among the highest rates of global wind energy penetration.   As wind energy continues its growth throughout Ireland, it will offer both financial and conservational reprieve to the country’s exploding energy demand driven by large data centre development. According to EirGrid, the renewable energy source is expected to provide approximately 36 percent of the 40 percent required for Ireland to meet its energy goals within the next five years. To aid in achieving that goal, companies investing in Ireland are also placing an increased focus on building more efficient data centres.   As Ireland continues its growth as an optimum global data centre hub, it will continue to place a greater focus on facility efficiency and renewable energy sources in order to maintain its unprecedented fiscal and environmental appeal. With the support of the country’s global corporations and the sustenance of its 5 Ps, Ireland has always been and will continue to be an ideal location to host the world’s growing volume of digital assets.

This article was originally written for Irish Wind Energy Association newsletter.

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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