The successes of new-age data centre communities, such as Ireland, are forcing organisations to think past the bubble of traditional hubs, including areas like London. This is according to Greg McCulloch, CEO of Aegis Data.
A recent report from the data centre consulting group BroadGroup, has revealed Ireland to be the best place in Europe to set up a data centre facility, citing several benefits including connectivity amongst cities, taxes and active government support. Both Amazon and Microsoft have facilities in Dublin, with Microsoft’s being one of the largest in Europe. Now, Apple is looking to build an €850 million data centre in Athenry, outside of Dublin.
As the data centre community continues to thrive in Ireland, the IDA Ireland – the agency responsible for the attraction and development of foreign direct investment – has been tasked with identifying new land banks within the country which are suitable for developing large-scale data centre projects.
McCulloch states that the need to new identify land banks remains one of the biggest obstacles amongst existing data centre communities, reinforcing why so many operators are starting to look past traditional Tier 1 hubs, such as London.