Irish data centre firm wins €1m hosting deal

28 Apr 2009

Irish data centre managed services company ServeCentric has been awarded a deal to host the European infrastructure for a major US international law firm with 21 offices globally and a workforce of 1,300.

The deal was a first for an Irish data firm, as it was brokered by the National Mission Critical Facilities, a US company that specialises in selecting ideal locations for mission-critical services on behalf of its clients, which include financial, insurance and telemarketing firms, as well as other Fortune 500 companies.

ServeCentric was awarded the deal based on its existing blue-chip clients, as well as the fact that it was recently awarded the ISO 27001 information security management standard by Certification Europe.

This makes ServeCentric one of the few independent Irish data centre managed services companies with ISO 27001 accreditation, which means that these firms adhere to an internationally recognised information security management system.

Kirk Killian, senior vice-president at the Partners National Mission Critical Facilities, commented on basing the European HQ for this US law firm here in Ireland: “Ireland’s knowledge economy, skilled workforce and its standing as the gateway to Europe is increasingly making it an attractive proposition for our clients.

“The data centre facilities in Ireland are among the best in the world, passing our most rigorous and exhaustive audits. In particular, ServeCentric met the highest levels in terms of security, reliability and service, and its recent ISO 27001 was key to our recommendation.”

Aidan Donnelly, CEO at ServeCentric, added that the new deal was an endorsement of the company’s workers, facilities and service, and said it was a good opportunity for ServeCentric, opening it up to the possibility of more multinational professional service providers on its client list.

“The ISO 27001 certification was pivotal in netting this deal. This information security standard is probably the strongest weapon in a data centre’s marketing arsenal,” said Michael Brophy, CEO of Certification Europe .

“It’s a prerequisite for any company with sensitive information looking for outsourced data centre services. 

“At present, Irish data centres are failing to recognise its importance, which has put ServeCentric, as a certified company, in a powerful position to win new business.”

By Marie Boran

Pictured (from left):  Michael Brophy, Certification Europe, and Aidan Donnelly and Eileen Ui Mhurchu, ServeCentric