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Blacknight Solutions and BT sign €4m hosting deal

Published 28/06/2016 | 13:43

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Carlow-based internet domain and web hosting firm Blacknight Solutions is to pay BT Ireland €4m to host its data centre, network and infrastructure services.

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The “multi-year” deal will see Blacknight relocate a large part of its data infrastructure to BT’s facility in Dublin’s Citywest.

Two years ago, Blacknight opened its own data centre in Carlow. However, the company’s growth into European markets means it now needs more extensive facilities.

“This is a significant investment for Blacknight,” said Michele Neylon, chief executive of Blacknight. “It will enable us to completely refresh and enhance our data infrastructure and expand our network capacity.”

Blacknight provides servers, co-location services and cloud-based Windows and Linux applications. It is also one of Ireland’s biggest domain registrars and web hosting companies.

BT Ireland‘s 183,000 square foot data centre in Citywest is a carrier-neutral facility.

The telecoms operator saw revenue increase by 7pc last year to €864m with growth in call volumes and data use in Ireland increasing in the final quarter of the year.

Amongst the firm's other Irish business deals in hte last year have been agreements with RSA Insurance, Sky Ireland and 3 Ireland.

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