Amazon invests in major ‘cloud’ data centre expansion in Dublin

9 Feb 2011

E-commerce giant Amazon, which has also emerged as a key player in the fast-growing, on-demand cloud computing business, is investing in a major data centre expansion in Dublin. It has acquired a former Tesco storage facility in Dublin 24.

Amazon has bought a 22,539 sq-metre facility at Greenhills Industrial Estate in Dublin 24.

The company plans to convert the former warehouse into a cutting-edge cloud computing data centre.

The company has also leased space for a data centre expansion in the Snugborough Industrial Estate in Ballycoolin and the Clonshaugh Industrial Estate. Amazon, which employs 450 people at a multilingual customer support centre in Cork, in 2006 signed a 10-year lease with Digital Realty Trust, which owns both data centres.

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Amazon Web Services opened in Dublin in December 2008 to house European zones for its cloud computing services.

According to reports, agents for Tesco had been quoting a €7.5m price tag for the property, which is based on 13 acres.

Amazon has also taken a 10-year lease on the former Modus Media building in Clonshaugh Industrial Estate.

According to research by Netcraft, Amazon’s cloud hosting now makes up more than a third of all internet-facing web servers in Ireland, with three times more web servers hosted than the next-largest hosting location.

A hardware fault, rather than an attack by hacker group Anonymous, was blamed for a brief outage on Amazon’s servers in December which affected shoppers in the UK, France, Germany, Austria and Italy.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years