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Combined €1 billion investment announced over the past 3 months for data centres despite Apple controversy.

Initial €500m to be invested over next three years.

DUBLIN, IRELAND– Momentum in inward investment in Ireland’s data centre industry continues to grow despite the recent Apple controversy with more than €1 billion of new projects announced over the past three months according to Host In Ireland in association with Bitpower’s Ireland Data Centre: Q2 2018 report.

According to the Ireland Data Centre: Q2 2018 report, 10 new data halls were announced between April and June 2018 from Amazon, Google, Crag Digital and CyrusOne. In total, over €1 billion will be spent in the construction and operation on the facilities with an initial €500m being spent over the next three years.

The findings come in the wake of Apple’s decision in May not to progress with its €850m planned data centre in Athenry. The additional investment, which will bring the total amount of data centre investment to €9.3bn by 2021 continues to show a strong vote of confidence from the data centre industry in Ireland according to Host In Ireland President and Founder, Garry Connolly:

“There continues to be strong demand for Ireland Inc’s product when it comes to the locating of digital assets. Ireland has attracted the industry leaders in IT and data for decades and while the industry has evolved rapidly from the use of floppy disks to cloud computing, Ireland remains attractive as a country at the forefront of an industry building modern digital infrastructure which has evolved to become one of the pillars for attracting FDI into Ireland.”

The findings were announced at the Third Annual Ireland & Emerging European Markets Data Centre Summit which took place at The Westin hotel in Dublin City Centre.

Other findings from the Ireland Data Centre: Q2. 2018 report show:

  • Further developments in planning: 8 new data centres are in construction with a further 12 having received planning permission.
  • Continued investment in data centres: Projected yearly investments currently stand at €1.1 Billion in 2018 (No change), €1.5 Billion in 2019 (+€100m on Q.1 2018) and €1.4 Billion in 2020 (+€400m on Q.1 2018)
  • Total connected data centre power capacity was 483MW in Q2 (+3MW on Q.1 2018) with 138MW (+28MW on Q.1 2018) capacity requirement currently in construction.

Within the report Mr. Connolly also welcomed the recent Government statement on ‘The Role Of Data Centres In Ireland’s Enterprise Strategy’ which was released in June:

“We welcome the Government’s recognition of the importance and strategic significance of the data centre industry in Ireland and its recognition of the challenges facing the industry in areas such as the availability and purchasing of 100% renewable energy, infrastructure and planning.”

The potential for the use of data centres to augment any future district heating systems here in Ireland is also explored as well as recommendations for the overhaul of Ireland’s Corporate Power Purchase Agreements (PPA’s).

There are currently 46 data centres in operation in Ireland, the majority of which are located in Dublin Southwest due to their requirements to cluster and proximity to off island fiber cables to the end market in the EU.

The full Host in Ireland in association with Bitpower Ireland Data Centre Q.2 Report can be viewed at www.hostinireland.ie/reports

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