Saturday, November 25, 2017

Apple’s $1bn data centre might be in doubt but these 10 companies are still building in Ireland

As Ireland awaits for CEO Tim Cook to give his final approval, more than $2bn are currently lined up for data centre investment from other players.

The Apple data centre saga in Ireland shows no signs of ending even after the iPhone X maker was given the green light for construction and an appeal against the project was put down by the country’s High Court.

After two years of court battles, now it is Apple who is keeping it a secret on whether they will invest in the facility projected for Athenry, Co, or not.

The uncertainty over the development comes directly from Apple’s CEO Tim Cook who in a meeting with Ireland’s Prime Minister “Taoiseach” Leo Varadkar failed to confirm if the data centre would go ahead.

During the meeting, which took place during Varadkar’s trade mission to the West Coast of the US, the politician told Cook of the enormous support the project had gathered from the local community, according to RTE News.

However, Varadkar told journalists afterwards that the Cupertino giant has not given the final yes on the investment.

He said: “No not confirmed. We did not get a start date, or a definite commitment or anything like that.

“But certainly from our point of view, we really impressed on them very strongly how much the Government is behind the project, how we will do anything within our power to facilitate it and how the people of Galway and Athenry in particular really want it to happen.”

However, while Apple is a big data centre investor in Ireland, the company is not alone and several others are building data centres or about to do so.

From colocation providers to hyperscalers, the delay with Apple’s facility has failed to deter CAPEX from being drawn into Irish shores.

Below are ten companies which are currently working to expand their footprint in Ireland: