Data Electronics in €15m green data centre expansion

25 May 2011

Data Electronics, a completely Irish-owned IT services and data centre provider, has completed a €15m expansion of its North Dublin data centre. This comes three years after the company opened a €25m phase of the same data centre.

CEO Maurice Mortell explained the focus of this expansion will be to add new capacity to support additional growth opportunities for Data Electronics, amid strong business performance and high customer demand.

This expansion will add another 21,000 sq feet of co-location space to the facility, bringing the total data centre space in operation to 28,000 sq feet.

With an overall data centre footprint of 94,000 sq feet, it is anticipated that the data centre will be fully operational within five years.

“At the core of the additional investment in our new facility is our vision to create world-class data centres that have the scale and resources to compete on the highest international level,” Mortell explained.

“This expansion is a result of high growth and strong activity in the international markets, while also signifying strong commitment from new and existing clients,” he added.

Green data centre

One of the key attributes of the new data centre is its innovative approach to energy.

“With power and the environment front of mind, Data Electronics’ new facility is a green data centre, incorporating the use of innovative free-air cooling, which reduces energy requirements by 30-40pc,” Mortell explained.

“Other green initiatives include running VMware on production servers, using infrared detectors to control illumination and the capability to reuse waste heat from the data centre to heat adjoining office space.

“Power is an extremely important concern for any IT manager. With our 100pc power availability service level agreement, along with a newly acquired 6MW of power available in our new data centre, we are well-equipped to resolve these concerns.

“Data Electronics remains as committed as ever to playing our part in Ireland’s digital economy.

“Ireland is still a highly attractive location for international business. As an economy, it is imperative that we strike the right balance with companies in the digital sector that have the potential to create jobs in Ireland, and cultivate a sustainable future economy,” Mortell concluded.

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