Deals done this past week

9 Aug 2010

An overview of the week in deals in the Irish technology sector, including Ryanair’s storage deal with Dell, and 3’s sponsorship of the Irish national football team.

Ryanair kits out data centre with €470,000 storage system

Ryanair has spent almost half a million euro on a new storage deal which the airline says will bring major efficiencies in its data centre.

The €470,000 contract was awarded to Dell, which beat competition from HP and an IBM/Network Appliance partnership. Dell supplied Ryanair with a 10GbE EqualLogic solution, which is said to be a simplified storage solution that delivers 10 times more storage performance for virtualisation and business applications requiring high throughput.

3 becomes primary sponsor of Irish football team

Mobile operator 3 Ireland has announced it will be the primary sponsor of the Irish national football team as well as all international squads in a four-year agreement worth more than €7.5m.

The sponsorship agreement will not just see 3 working with the Football Association of Ireland for the national team but also involve sponsorship at “grassroots” level, ie, involving football clubs and leagues throughput the Republic.

LinkedIn acquires content recommendation firm mSpoke

Professional social networking site LinkedIn has acquired mSpoke, a firm that specialises in personal media recommendations based on individualised algorithms that calculate relevance of online content.

While mSpoke’s Modular Replacement IP powers its FeedHub service that ‘automagically’ picks relevant posts from a set of RSS feed sources, LinkedIn will most likely be using this to help users better what LinkedIn content to pay attention to.