Saturday 1 October 2016

Google opens second data centre after €150m spend

Published 17/06/2016 | 02:30

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Ronan Harris, VP and head of Google Ireland. Photo: Shane O’Neill
Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Ronan Harris, VP and head of Google Ireland. Photo: Shane O’Neill

Google has opened its second data centre in Ireland, with a €150m investment at Clondalkin in west Dublin.

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Taoiseach Enda Kenny described it as a "new chapter" in Google's story in Ireland.

Google employs over 3,000 people in Ireland, with its European headquarters in Dublin. It has now completed €750m of capital expenditure here.

The new centre will be used to help run services such as Google's search engine, as well as Gmail and Google Maps. The internet giant's latest investment is one of a number of data centre projects under way in Ireland that involve a total investment of well over €2bn.

Facebook recently began construction of a huge €200m data centre in Clonee, Co Meath, while Apple is planning to build an €850m complex in Athenry, Co Galway. Amazon is currently building at least two data centres in Dublin to add to its existing facilities here. Construction is under way of an Amazon data centre beside Dublin Airport, and another at the former Jacob Biscuit factory in Tallaght.

Last month, Microsoft was given the go-ahead to build four new data centres in Clondalkin that will probably involve an investment of around €900m.

About 1,800 construction jobs are expected to be supported by the project, which Microsoft has had to bring forward because of a big increase in demand for internet-based services.

Ireland is popular as a data centre location because the temperate climate helps to reduce cooling costs typically associated with such facilities.

Irish Independent

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