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Datacloud Ireland - Why Data Centers are hoping to avoid an Irish Power Struggle

Written by: Paul Morrison

This week I will be in Dublin for the inaugural Datacloud Ireland event organised by Broad Group. They always do a fantastic job with established data center events in Monaco and the Nordics. It will be interesting to watch the development of this new location on their annual calendar.

I’m looking forward to participating in a panel session chaired by Andrew Jay Data Center Lead for CBRE. My fellow panelists are Donough Roche, Owner and Principal, Datacentrs, Ed Galvin, Founder, Proptech Consulting, Paul Butler, Director, Linesight and Paul Besley, General Manager – Data Centres, 5NINES Global LLP.  The panel and the rest of the conference agenda, will be a great chance to better understand the underlying drivers of growth in the data center industry in Dublin and how this may evolve over the next few years.

Ease of getting building permissions was a large time-to-market factor for us when we chose to develop in Northern Sweden. In contrast, the Apple and AWS Irish planning sagas continues to rumble on, perhaps not for much longer. And Microsoft are forced to build 18MW of fossil fuel generators to supply their new Irish data center due to inadequate power supplies in the Dublin region. Brexit and Irish corporation tax incentives are other valid areas that deserve better understanding and discussion.

But does this mean that the ‘natural’ elements of data center site selection should be second class citizens? Abundant, reliable, clean, low cost power can contribute many millions of dollars straight to the bottom line of our larger clients at the same time as ‘doing the right thing’ by the planet.

I’ve described a little more about these types of issues here http://www.datacloudireland.com/the-republic-of-data/thought-leadership-and-insight-hydro66

Maybe see you in Dublin Convention Centre on the 21st?

Paul.

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