Monday, October 23, 2017

5 Ireland data centre projects under construction worth $2bn

Ireland has experienced since 2008 a global data centre investment boom that reached nearly $4bn. As the country continuous to bet on digital for its future, billions of extra dollars are on the way.

Taxes, location, infrastructure, policy and a savvy workforce have over the last few years earned Ireland a spot in the global map of the data centre industry.

From colocation, retail or wholesale to dedicated hosting, managed hosting and so on, the country’s technology sector has seen a huge boost with players like Microsoft, Apple, AWS, LinkedIn and many more entering its borders.

Even though Ireland, and more specifically Dublin, will not reach the same level of London, Paris, Amsterdam or Frankfurt anytime soon, the island has become a bridge for US companies wanting to enter Europe and European businesses looking to serve North America.

The industry is very much alive and saw this week hundreds of attendees descend to Dublin for Data Centres Ireland 2016. The main message? Ireland is open for business and the nation is working on future-proofing its infrastructure to strengthen its presence in the digital economy and cope with the ever growing demand for data centre services.

In 2016, over $2bn worth of data centre investments have been announced in Ireland. According to the Irish Wind Energy Association, a further $2bn will be invested in the next five years.

Building on this, Data Economy has looked into five of the main data centre projects currently under development and/or construction in Ireland.




Project: Expansion of Data Centre Campus

Site: Dublin

Investment: €900m

Microsoft is in charge of one of the largest data centre projects currently under construction in Ireland.

In May 2016, the company was given the go ahead for a $1bn data centre campus that will account for more than 750,000 sqf of hosting floor.

The site is located at Grange Castle Business Park, Clondalkin, and will cover more than 70-acre of land.

In addition to the data centre, Microsoft is also building a €134m staff campus in Dublin set to be used by 1,200 employees.




Project: New DataCentre

Site: Galway

Investment: €850m

Apple is fast expanding its data centre fleet and is investing in total €1.7bn since February 2015 in its data centre expansion in Europe.

In Ireland, the company has unveiled a project to build a €850m facility that will include 263,000 sqf of hosting space sitting on a 500-acre site in Derrydonnell Forest.

An additional 56,000 sqf administration building is also on the cards.

However, the data centre, which represents one of the largest foreign investments in Ireland in the hosting industry, has been faced with local criticism and is being held up by locals which have filled a formal complaint with the local government.

The complaint has been filled to the An Bord Pleanala last April. A decision date is not known at this point.




Project: New DataCentre

Site: Co. Meath

Investment: €200m

Also making to the list of massive data centre investments in the island, Facebook is currently building a 31,000 sqm facility in a 220-acre site.

Permission for the hub’s construction was granted in January 2016. Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said on Facebook that the Clonee Data Center will be one of the most advanced and energy efficient data centres in the world.

He said: “It will feature the latest server, storage and network designs developed through the Open Compute Project, and will be powered by 100% renewable energy.”

The data centre is expected to come online by 2018.


JDC Group


Project: New data centre

Site: Cork

Investment: €200m

Commercial property company JDC Group is also planning the built of a €200m data centre just outside Cork City.

The group, owned by developer John Cleary, has unveiled plans for a 32-acre site, located at Little Island, in a former Mitsui Denman plant.

JDC Group has secured a 60MW grid connection with local provider Eirgrid which will keep the new 270,000 sqf data centre powered up.

Construction is expected to start in August 2017.




Project: New data centre

Site: Dublin

Investment: €30m

US colo EdgeConneX has entered a phase of data centre assets expansion and included Dublin in its roadmap.

The company has plans to build a €30m facility which will measure up to 61,000 sqf. The site will be the company’s second data centre in Europe after Amsterdam, in the Netherlands.

Just like Microsoft, EdgeConneX’s site is to be built at the Grange Castle Business Park, in West Dublin.

The company has said the first building will use 10MW from the national grid. An additional 8MW will be generated using natural-gas turbines.