DataCentres Ireland Conference Recordings


Mark Acton

Independent Consultant

Professor Rabih Bashroush

Professor & Global Head, IT Infrastructure Advisory

Uptime Institute

Stephen Bowes-Phipps

Senior Consultant

PTS Consulting

Una Fitzpatrick

Director of Technology

IBEC Ireland

Emma Fryer

Associate Director


This Session will outline some of the changes driving EU decision making with a panel discussion debating what this may mean for Data Centre Operators.

Areas that will be addressed:

  • Update on Standards
  • How the EU view Data Centres
  • Impact of changes
  • New Drivers
  • Gaia X
  • Carbon Emission
  • Energy
  • OVH – European Cloud Platform

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Garry Connolly


Host in Ireland

Nabeel Mahmood

Technologist, Nomad Futurist, Keynote Speaker

CIO Instor

Today, creating and planning a data center strategy has become incredibly complicated. Companies now have a whole slew of choices: modernize an old facility, build a new one, lease, use colocation and/or cloud services and any number of combinations. Knowing which option will best fit the needs of the business and how the industry is developing starts with asking the right questions.  Join Garry and Nabeel as they discuss data and the future of the data centers.

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Nabeel Mahmood

Technologist, Nomad Futurist, Keynote Speaker

CIO Instor

The trends of globalization, robotics, technology, and evolution will usher in a period of unprecedented disruption that will transform the future of work and the workforce. Digital First has changed the way we live and work. No industry has been left untouched. In this exponential data growth era, how do we identify and address the core challenges?  In this keynote, Nabeel Mahmood will share his perspectives, actionable insights, and inspiring case studies that reflect an out-of-the-box approach to bridge the digital and generational divide with a key focus on what can be collectively done to ensure the future of our industry.

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Max Schulze

Executive Chairman


As the traditional co-location business model is increasingly under cost pressure – it’s time for operators to move beyond renting space with power to selling the resource that all software needs: Digital Power. In this session Max Schulze will provide the perspective of the software & IT community and why they don’t see any data centers or IT hardware in their life, even though all of software is dependent on them. We will look at how facilities must evolve to meet the demands of the software community and how this leads to an overall improvement of both economic and environmental sustainability.

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Ed Ansett

Chairman and Co-Founder

i3 Solutions Group Ltd

John Curley

General Manager

Clarke Energy

Tony Whittle

Managing Director UK & Ireland

Enel X

How can you combat the increasing risk of grid-constraints, flexible Maximum Import Capacity (MIC), supply disruption and price volatility?  How do you turnaround the financial risk of MIC for commercial advantage?

What role can hydrogen, district heating and gas play in powering your data centre more reliably, sustainably, and cost effectively?

By 2029, EirGrid has forecast that Ireland’s data centres could account for 27pc of all electricity demand, which is expected to increase by more than 300% over the next 5 years.

Data Centre operators must find new sustainable energy solutions to meet their mission critical power requirements and support continued growth of the sector while also assisting Ireland’s carbon reduction targets.

Put your questions to our panel of experts, who will explore new opportunities to exploit modular microgrids – using on-site generation technologies and strategies. The panel will also share their experience of being involved in the first solution of its kind and provide insight into new opportunities to future-proof your secure data centre energy demand for competitive, flexible, and environmental advantage.

Topics for discussion:

  • The role of natural gas, renewable gas and hydrogen in tackling the triple challenge of energy resilience, cost and carbon reduction
  • Exploiting low and zero carbon on-site generation and storage opportunities to future proof your sustainable energy needs with modular micro grids
  • Utilising real time reporting to monitor the grid, on site generation and storage from a carbon and cost perspective
  • Sharing our experience in successful planning and development of onsite solutions

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Simon McCormick

Chief Technical Officer

Echelon Data Centres Limited

Echelon Data Centres, an Irish-owned company committed to delivering carbon neutral and sustainable large-scale data centre assets, recognises the role it has to play in addressing the issue of Ireland’s current energy supply shortfall.

The basis of Echelon’s power strategy is to utilise the grid when it is not constrained – such as non-peak times or when renewable generation is high. By reducing demand, the issue of shortfall in supply will not be as acute.

At peak times, when the grid is under pressure, data centres should have the capability to generate their own power and where possible, export power to the grid, using on-site energy centres. Echelon is currently constructing two facilities – with a combined capacity of 360MW – that would deliver this capability, representing a significant contribution to the Irish grid.

This deployment of gas-powered energy centres allows the grid to have more flexibility at times of peak demand and – as recognised by governments, system operators and energy experts globally – will enable the transition to a grid with periods of 100% renewable energy.

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Mike Higgins

Founder & CEO

Circularwise was formed to advise organizations how to leverage circular economy-based recovery for reuse disciplines to reduce supply chain spend, mitigate future supply risks, and achieve environmental excellence in their use and disposal of electronics.

Electronics are the world’s fastest growing and amongst the most toxic of all waste streams, yet they have an annual recoverable value of $62.5 billion per annum.

Circularity leaders in the data centre industry have already successfully implemented circular disciplines across their IT infrastructures and quickly gained substantial economic savings.

Mike will be highlighting how such economic savings are achieved, with case studies and key data.

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