Ireland - a tidbit for the construction of data centers

    The Emerald Isle, as Ireland is often called, is an amazing world of green meadows, rocky "lunar" landscapes, deep lakes, fast rivers, and has recently become a tidbit for many companies for the construction of data centers. According to statistics, since 2008, investments in the construction of data centers in Ireland amounted to $ 4 billion.

    World leaders such as Google, Microsoft, Digital Realty and Amazon (AWS) have not remained indifferent to the emerald island and have already "acquired" their Irish hypermounted data centers. Corporations have built their data centers in Dublin. All this contributed to the provision of permanent jobs in Ireland, the influx of additional highly qualified specialists into the country. In 2009, Dublin became the first city in Europe where Microsoft hosted its mega-center. In October, Google opened a data center in Dublin.

    Microsoft's server farm

    Apple and Facebook are also not going to stand aside and have announced their intention to deploy server farms in the emerald country.

    What attracts Ireland builders and operators?

    Although the country's economy suffered in 2008 due to the financial crisis, in 2014 GDP grew by 4.8% and by 3.9% in 2015, which indicates a stable political and economic environment. The corporate tax rate in Ireland is also attractive - 12.5%. Good connectivity - a large number of transatlantic trunk fiber optic cables connecting Europe to North America pass through Ireland; developed telecommunications infrastructure. 23.7% of electricity is generated using renewable energy sources. Due to its temperate climate, freecooling technology is most often used to cool server farms. The country has modern data protection legislation that is compatible with EU law. 40% of the country's population consists of young people under the age of 29,


    Last February, Apple announced its intention to build a new mega data center in Ireland. A scenic plot of undeveloped land in the county of Galway was selected. The land that Apple was planning to use as a server farm belongs to the Irish forestry company Coillte. However, the locals did not like the idea. To implement the project, Apple planned to deploy 18 diesel generators that would become a source of noise and vibration. Activists sent a formal objection to the project to the County Council of Galway, citing the fact that the location for the construction of the data center was chosen “incorrectly” and it would be more expedient to place the server farm near the existing infrastructure. And the project itself does not quite fit with the general plan for the development of Galway County (from 2015 to 2021). There are also pitfalls. Environmentalists also announced a boycott for such construction, since the territory of the future data center is located far from urban education, so it will be necessary to lay new telecommunication and power lines to the campus, deploy infrastructure, which can disrupt the quiet life of representatives of flora and fauna, bats, badgers.

    The advantage of the construction of this data center can be - the improvement of local infrastructure and the provision of new jobs.

    The project was approved by the local authorities, but the construction did not start due to a complaint from activists, plus the American corporation is accused by the Irish opposition of not paying state taxes. Everything should be decided by the beginning of the summer of this year.


    The American corporation Facebook has launched a project to build a server farm in Ireland. Construction work is launched in the county of Meath in the east of the country - near Dublin.

    The project will provide hundreds of temporary jobs for builders and dozens of permanent jobs for data center operators. The area under the server farm is 31 thousand square meters.

    It will be a server farm built on the basis of the data center already built in Sweden (just south of the Arctic Circle, in the middle of a forest on the outskirts of the Swedish town of Luleå).

    server farm in the city of Lulea

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote on his social media page that the new Irish server farm will be one of the most advanced and efficient in the world. Inside, it is planned to host ultra-modern servers, data storage systems and network systems (Open Compute Project). The data center will be powered by 100% renewable energy sources.

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