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The commercial data centre market is expanding at an unprecedented speed across Europe, not just in high profile, new growth regions like Scandinavia and Ireland, but also in traditional markets like the UK, Germany and the Netherlands where capacity is increasing faster than ever. Analysts at CBRE report that the commercial European “FLAP” market has doubled in size in four years (average annual take up between 2016 and 2018 was 150MW, compared to 63MW in 2015) and that a third of colocation capacity in the four biggest European markets has come online since 2015 .

In the UK, where we might have expected to see a dent in growth since June 2016, the story is the same – Brexit so far seems to be having a very muted effect, if any, on supply, and occupancy is also healthy. It’s worth having a closer look both at the figures and what might be driving them. And you don’t have to look far: whoever you ask, the answer is “cloud”.

Gartner reports that between 70% and 90% of all organisations are now using cloud, that the 18% CAGR primarily comes from migration and new applications, and that the market is consolidating around the large US providers with the top four hyperscale operators holding nearly 47% of the global market.

Commercial data centre capacity is closely monitored in Europe both at nation state and regional level by market analysts. Enterprise capacity, however does not tend to be picked up in the same detail, unless a transaction is involved – so we might hear anecdotally that enterprise sites are entering the market and being repurposed as colocation capacity or that a large enterprise operator is acquiring a site, but we don’t have comprehensive data or even a reliable barometer for the proportion of enterprise activity that is still on-premises...Read More

Dublin continues to be the top location for financial services companies looking to relocate operations from the UK as a result of Brexit, with 27 groups having committed to moving staff or activities here since the June 2016 referendum, according to EY’s latest Brexit Tracker study.

The figures were for the end of November 2018, and mark an increase from 21 in September, according to the accounting firm. Frankfurt remains in second place, at 17, followed by Luxembourg at 16. Paris has moved up to 1, from 10 in September.

“With only 30 per cent of London-based companies so far committing to any relocation of activity, there could be opportunities for Ireland to pursue in the months head,” said Simon MacAllister, a partner and Brexit lead for EY Ireland. “The latest figures are encouraging for Ireland as there were concerns that rising costs would impact its relative attractiveness.”..Read More 

A new Facebook and Google-backed transatlantic telecoms cable linking the Republic to the US and Scandinavia could be operating by the end of the year. Irish communications specialist Aquacomms is seeking a foreshore licence from the Government for an undersea communications cable that will come ashore close to Louisburgh in Clew Bay, Co Mayo. The line is part of the Havfrue high-speed telecoms cable that will connect New Jersey in the US with Denmark, with spurs running from it to both the Republic and Norway. Tech giants Facebook and Google are partners in the project along with Aquacomms and Norwegian company Bulk, which builds data centres and telecommunications networks…Read More 

As consumers and businesses, the volume of data we use and produce is continuing to grow, so it is not surprising that the number of people using the internet has surged over the past year. The Digital 2019 report by Hootsuite and We Are Social highlighted that more than 1m people came online for the first time every day from January 2018 to January 2019. In Ireland, the number of people using internet banking has more than doubled in the space of 10 years, according to Eurostat figures reported by the Irish Independent.

In this ever-increasing digital world, there is a need for continued data technological advances, which are critical for businesses to succeed and grow. Businesses have to act swiftly to compete, launch new products and reach markets, which has seen a growing demand for connectivity. Connectivity is the lifeblood of the data centre industry and Ireland is one of the best-connected countries worldwide for its availability of infrastructure…Read More

Dublin is now Europe’s largest data hosting cluster, surpassing London with 25 per cent of the European market, according to a new report, which also shows that more than €1 billion was spent on data centres in Ireland last year.

The report from Host In Ireland, a strategic global initiative created to increase awareness of the benefits of hosting digital assets here, and Bitpower, a digital information provider, shows that there were 53 data centres in operation in the State at the end of 2018, with a capital investment spend of over €1 billion in 2018. A further spend of some €1.3 billion is expected in 2019..Read More

Echelon Data Centres, a recently-launched Irish company based in Dublin, has been granted planning permission for its planned 45,000m² (484,000 sqft) facility in Arklow, Co Wicklow. The new data centre represents an investment of €500 million, will have a capacity of up to 100MW and will create 540 jobs – 450 in construction and 90 operational positions.

The development is located on the former Irish Fertilisers Industries site in Avoca Business Park, next to the M11 in Arklow, Co Wicklow, which is the subject of a substantial investment by Echelon Data Centres. The initial development phase of the project will be funded by the company and the first 35MW of capacity will be available from Q1 2021.

The potential capacity of the Arklow site – which has significant grid power available to it – is almost 20% of all operational data centre capacity currently available in Ireland and nearly 10% of that either planned or in development.1 The Echelon Data Centres facility in Arklow has the potential to be one of the largest data centres in the world, serving large companies operating in ecommerce, cloud computing, digital broadcasting, social media, telecommunications and the internet of things…Read More

Why it matters: If there’s one thing Intel has been struggling with lately, it’s pumping out their CPUs. Not only has the 10nm fabrication process been delayed three years so far with no guarantee it will make it this year, but lately Intel’s 8th gen and 9th gen parts have suffered from low yields that have increased prices, reduced availability, and even forced them to return to 22nm in some cases.

Intel has unveiled new plans to expand a previously planned 90,000m2 manufacturing plant in Co Kildare, Ireland by another 110,000m2 with a budget of $8 billion. It’ll take four years and 3,000 construction workers to build and will employ 1,600 staff.

The new facility is an add-on to their existing Leixlip campus, which currently employs 4,500 people. While much of the new construction is raw manufacturing, a good portion of it is designed to increase the efficiency of the current manufacturing line…Read More

Ardmac, the leading international construction specialist, has announced an expansion of its workforce in 2019 with the creation of 70 jobs across its Irish and European operations. This will bring the total number of those employed by Ardmac up to 380 people by the end of 2019.

Headquartered in Dublin, with offices in Manchester, Craigavon and Brussels, Ardmac provide specialist construction services to the commercial fit out, life sciences and Data Centre sectors. Ardmac is seeking to recruit 70 qualified construction professionals over the coming year, including Project Managers, Quantity Surveyors and Design Engineers. The positions will support Ardmac’s key projects in Ireland, the UK, Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland. In addition, two new Ardmac offices will be established in Cork and Amsterdam this year.

This employment drive by Ardmac comes on the back of increased demand for its bespoke construction solutions, significant new project wins and its ambition to continue to significantly grow the business both domestically and across the UK and Europe. Ardmac is currently working on numerous large scale Data Centre projects and significant Cleanroom and laboratory projects for the world’s largest Bio-Pharma manufacturers.

Ronan Quinn, Chief Executive of Ardmac, commented on the expansion announcement; “It’s an exciting time for Ardmac and I am proud to announce our plans for 2019, following a successful year of business growth for the company. The markets we serve are providing sustainable opportunities and the demand for our services continues. We are seeking talented individuals to join our experienced teams, with the aim of growing our Irish, UK and European operations over the coming year and beyond. Ardmac will provide extensive training to successful candidates, including graduate development programmes, management training and executive leadership courses.”

In 2018, Ardmac picked up numerous awards and recognition for LEAN implementation, its robust ‘Safety First’ programme and were also crowned ‘Fit Out Contractor of the Year’ at the annual Fit Out Awards, attended by over 900 people from the construction industry in Ireland.

The Limerick project was building up support, but now companies who use the docks that it will be located at are claiming it will crowd out their own activities on the water.

A proposed €35m floating data centre at Limerick Docks in Ireland is facing business opposition, with claims that it could impinge on the activities of other users at the docks. An opening for the vessel is slated for 2020, creating a promised 24 permanent jobs and a further 100 in construction.

As part of the project, Shannon Foynes Port Company is partnering with California’s Nautilus Data Technologies to moor a vessel at Ted Russell Dock, just outside Limerick city centre….Read More

New Irish company Echelon has announced a €1 billion development of two data centres, one at Clondalkin in Dublin and the other in Arklow, Co Wicklow.

Some 910 jobs will be created for the construction phase of the two €500 million sites, while there will be 100 ongoing operational positions in Clondalkin and 90 in Arklow.

Echelon Data Centres, which is owned by London- and Dublin-based property company Aldgate Developments, said planning permission had been granted for the Clondalkin site and was “imminent” for the Arklow site.

Echelon, led by chief executive Niall Molloy, said it expected to win global clients from the social media, e-commerce, internet of things and digital broadcasting sectors…Read More

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