Digital Realty to expand Dublin data centre facilities

18 Nov 2015

Pictured are Jobs Minister Richard Bruton TD and Digital Realty sales director Gary Keogh

Fast-growing data centre facilities player Digital Realty will add 10,000 sq ft of data centre space to complement its existing 10,000 sq ft data centre in Dublin.

The original 10,000 sq ft data centre hall at Profile Park is now fully occupied, with this second hall set to be constructed in 2016.

The company announced last year that it would be investing €150m into its Dublin facilities.

The expansion still leaves green field space for future data centre builds.

The project for the entire facility could employ as many as 50 to 120 skilled construction workers during the various construction phases.

Ireland is a leading global location for data centres

Digital Realty sales director Gary Keogh said that this latest expansion further reinforces Ireland’s standing as a leading international location for data centres.

“We are committed to further developing our business in Ireland, and today’s announcement is a testament to that.

“Digital Realty is witnessing increased demand from organisations looking to host their data in Ireland and use it as a gateway for their operations in Europe and the Middle East. Ireland has become a key destination for companies looking to benefit from the latest infrastructure and knowledge economy that is rapidly developing within the country.”

Digital Realty’s data centre campus boasts high-speed connectivity and network access to the US, UK and Europe.

The centre is also located alongside global technology leaders such as Microsoft and Google.

The data centre campus is being developed in compliance with BREEAM standards. The site has secured supply agreements for power from 100pc renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and hydro.

In 2014, the Profile Park facility received the Brill Award for Efficient IT from the Uptime Institute, which recognised Digital Realty for its ability to sustainably deliver IT services to the end user.

‘Digital Realty is witnessing increased demand from organisations looking to host their data in Ireland and use it as a gateway for their operations in Europe and the Middle East’

Digital Realty’s clients include global corporations, IT managed services and cloud providers, financial institutions and multinational technology firms.

“Seeing Digital Realty expand its facility is a positive sign for Ireland,” said Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland.

“IDA has been marketing Ireland’s strong data centre infrastructure with clients abroad for some time now. This additional investment from Digital Realty proves, once again, that Ireland is a great place to locate data centres.”

The news was also welcomed by Jobs Minister Richard Bruton TD.

“Big data is a sector which offers massive opportunities for Ireland, and that is why we have specifically identified it as part of a major initiative in the Action Plan for Jobs,” Bruton said.

“This €150m Digital Realty data centre project is another example of huge possibilities that exist in this area, and I am delighted to welcome the announcement of the next steps in this plan. I wish Gary and all the team every success with this project.”

Updated 10.40am, 18 November 2015: This article was updated to reflect that this new build falls under the remit of Digital Realty’s previously announced €150m investment into its Irish data centre facilities.

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