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. Some of the world’s best known companies including Microsoft, Google, IBM, Betfair, Groupon, Amazon AWS, HP, Hutchinson 3G and EMC have chosen Ireland as the location for their European data center footprint. The principal reasons cited by these organisations for choosing Ireland as their base includes: 1. Taxation advantage: Ireland has a 12.5% headline corporation tax rate. This is the lowest in the EU and the lowest taxation rate in any English speaking country. For further Tax information please see here. 2. Recognised internationally: Forrester Research quoted in their 2009 Co-location location report: “If you are a US-based company and want to co-locate your data centre in the British Isles, make sure you consider Dublin, it is becoming an ever-more popular alternative to London, for the more abundant power, less expensive real estate, and climate suited for free cooling.” 3. Unbeatable track record for international business: Seven of the global top 10 technology firms and 9 of the global top 10 software firms including Google, Amazon AWS, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Ebay, PayPal, IBM, HP, Microsoft, SAP, EA Games, Activision and Intel have major operational bases in Ireland with many having their European headquarters and data centers located here. 4. Secure, low-risk & well-provisioned location for data centre hosting: Ireland is politically and economically stable and is rated extremely low-risk from the perspective of both natural & man-made disasters. Critically, it has plenty of electrical power and large, expanding data centre space, located outside vulnerable city centre areas. 5. Excellent government support for business: Ireland’s Industrial Development Authority (IDA) is a state run organisation that supports companies financially and administratively when setting up operations in Ireland and provides ongoing support for companies based in Ireland. Please see here for further details. 6. Well educated & talented workforce: 40% of Irish people aged between 25 and 34 have completed university education, with a very high number specialised in Information Technology. Ireland placed joint 1st of 10 European countries in a 2008 IMD ranking of the percentage of the population with a third-level qualification. 7. Multi-lingual skills availability: Google employs more than 1,600 people in their European HQ in Ireland serving customers in 35 countries representing more than 40 nationalities with capability in 52 languages. Others providing similar services include Ebay and Amazon. 8. Young, growing population: 35% of people in Ireland are less than 35 years of age. Ireland had a 4.4% net population growth rate in 2008, the highest in the EU. 9. One of the most attractive business locations in the world: The 2008-2013 Business Environment Ranking of the Economist Intelligence Unit placed Ireland 11th globally out of 82 countries, naming it as one of the most attractive business locations in the world. Furthermore, Forbes 2011 named Ireland as the best country in Europe in which to do business. Ireland’s position in the world rankings: – Ireland gets top ranking in Good Country Index 2014 – Forbes names Ireland ‘Best country for business’ in 2013 rankings – 1st for flexibility and adaptability of workforce – 1st for attitudes to globalisation – 1st for investment incentives Source: IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2013 Global Reports: – Ireland has retained the top position in 2014 for the quality of its foreign direct investment and is the top ranking destination for ‘added value’, according to the IBM 2014 Global Location Trends report. (IBM Global Report) -Ireland gets top ranking in Good Country Index 2014 (Good Country Index) -Forbes names Ireland ‘Best country in the world to do business’ (Forbes) – Ireland named best place to invest in Western Europe (International Magazine Global Business Report) – Ireland Ranked 1st in the World for Value of Investment Projects and 2nd in the World for Inward Investment per Capita in IBM Global Location Report – Ireland replaces Singapore as the ‘most globalised western economy’ in the Ernst & Young Annual Globalisation Index – Ireland ranks first for availability of skilled labour in the 2012 IMD World Competitiveness Report Hosting in Ireland Host In Ireland is a research-based online tool, designed to help organisations planning on Hosting Digital Assets into the EMEA region. Through independent analysis with 451 Research, the website rates Ireland on a scorecard of 9 key criteria, demonstrating Ireland a optimum location for Hosting Digital Assets into the EMEA region. For a link to the website detailing the independent analysis please click here. WHY CHOOSE CITADEL100? Working with us gives you access to Ireland’s leading data center operator, leaving you free to concentrate on your core business requirements. 1. Best-in-class infrastructure and operations. Citadels100’s Dublin data center is fully fitted with the latest Mechanical and Electrical infrastructure and was commissioned for one of the world’s largest software enterprises and internet services companies. 2. Honest, transparent and customer-focused. We provide transparent customer orientated services to some of the world’s largest technology enterprises. From choosing your rack location, to selecting the power, services and support levels you require, we deliver honest effective solutions to meet your needs. 3. Experience. Operational excellence is part of the day-to-day culture at Citadel100. All we do is design, build and operate the best data centers globally. From complex power and cooling management to facility security, we understand data centers and how to make them work for you and have been providing these services to some of the world’s leading software, internet and financial services companies for over 12 years. 4. Green leadership. Citadel100 is an industry leader in designing and implementing innovative systems, processes and procedures that improve your energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions and energy costs while maintaining 100% uptime. 5. Expanding worldwide presence. We have an ever expanding presence worldwide through the Keppel Groups Securus Data Centre Property network of premium data centers, located in the cities where you need them most, including; Dublin, London, Amsterdam, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Sydney. 6. Unrivaled connectivity choices. Our carrier-neutral data centre in Dublin delivers direct and unrivalled access to the major local, national and international telecoms operators you require including connection to INEX (Ireland’s Internet Neutral Exchange) at any capacity. 7. Financial stability. Citadel100 is a highly profitable and financially-robust Irish data center company with a diverse customer base. We are part of the Keppel Corporation, a Singaporean based conglomerate with an annual turn-over in excess of $13 Billion dollars. With a global footprint in over 30 countries, The Keppel Group of Companies includes Keppel Offshore & Marine, Keppel Infrastructure, Keppel Telecommunications & Transportation (Keppel T&T) and Keppel Land, among others. To see Keppels Annual reports please see here. 8. Additional services. Citadel100 offers a wide range of value-added services including NOC hands and eyes and managed services provided by our in-house partners HP and IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) cloud services provided by our in-house partners Egenera, a bespoke Customer Portal displaying real-time information on your data centers environment and H&S Data Center Induction training for your staff and contractors. For further information please email,info@Citadel100.com. Thank you.