Host in Ireland
The eventual winner of the category, Host in Ireland demonstrated how its 5 Ps – Policy, People, Pedigree, Pipes, and Power – underpin its strategy to remain competitive and be a more cost-effective, efficient, reliable, secure and accessible location than other regions across the EU.
Ireland’s data centre landscape has changed dramatically in the past decade as enterprises’ business requirements, and the pivotal role of cloud and content providers, continue to drive the global digital economy. Characterised as the “Home of the Hybrid Cloud,” “Data Capital,” and “Data Centre Hub” of Europe, Host in Ireland has worked tirelessly to shape and authenticate these global industry perceptions through timely and accurate information, including:
- Location: gateway to a European market of more than 500 million people.
- Workforce: among the ten best educated countries in the world.
- Pro-business: Ireland is an open economy supported by its corporate tax rate of 12.5%.
- Connectivity: 11 subsea cables connecting Ireland to the UK.
- Green: ideal climate for free air cooling, which significantly reduces operating costs.
- Reputation: home to over 1,000 multinational companies.
- Tech-hub: second highest ICT exports in the world.
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Back in January, Fife Council broke ground on the construction of its 100% renewably powered data centre campus. It is the first of its kind in the UK to be exclusively powered by renewable energy, and its first co-location customers are expected to take up residence by next summer. Costing around £150m to build, the campus is projected to have an IT load capacity of up to 20MW, will boast data halls spanning just over 23,225 sq metres and sufficient space to house up to 1,000 high performance computing racks.
The Node Pole
The Arctic Circle may seem like a strange place for a data centre, but Facebook alongside other tech giants have made it their home. The Node Pole is a hi-tech hub in Luleå, northern Sweden and the most energy-efficient computing facility ever built. To keep running costs low, the low ambient conditions experienced for most of the year is used to provide compressor free cooling thus reducing the associated operational costs. The location was also chosen for its electricity supply, which is reliable and boasts a power surplus. And it is one of the most secure and stable places in the world; its last formal war was in 1814 and seismic activity is extremely low.
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