Cork Internet eXchange (CIX) is to create 10 new jobs as a result of a significant expansion at its data centre in Cork.
The data and connectivity centre will double the size of its current data capacity, bringing the total investment in the data centre to almost €5m.
Established in 2008, the company has been serving tens of thousands of homes in Munster with broadband through its wholesale business with all the leading telco brands in Ireland.
As well as supporting most of the multinational organisations located in the Munster region, CIX is also the connectivity centre for both inbound and outbound IP traffic in the region.
CEO of CIX Jerry Sweeney said the company hopes to further increase its presence within the region.
“CIX is critical to the broadband infrastructure of the region, and indeed in Ireland. There has been an explosion of digital technology and generation of digital data in recent years.
"All this data must be processed, stored, managed, exchanged and monitored in data centres. We are dedicated to providing the best service to our customers, and this expansion at CIX shows our commitment to our clients and partners, as well as to the Cork region.”
According to recent report from 451 Group, Irish internet traffic is growing at a rate of 200pc per year and the Irish data hosting market will grow 18pc per year between now and 2016, outpacing the UK and mainland European locations.
Minister for Research and Innovation, Sean Sherlock, TD, attended the jobs announcement today and reiterated his belief that data centres such as CIX will play a significant part in the future of the Irish economy.
"Data centres have become the heart of the digital economy,” said Sherlock. “More and more devices with internet connectivity are being developed and released, meaning that data centres will form the technological backbone to the recovering economy nationally and regionally.”