Google to add a second data centre in Dublin
Published 22/08/2015 | 02:30
Google is to build a new data centre in west Dublin, in a move that will create as many as 400 construction jobs.
In a statement, the tech giant said it has begun construction on the site, which will cost an estimated €150m.
The two-storey data centre is being built alongside Google's existing data centre which opened in 2012.
The company has also bought 31 acres adjacent to its facilities in Profile Park which Google says will "give the company flexibility should it have additional data centre requirements in the future".
Google Ireland boss Ronan Harris commented: "Every day, millions of people around the world search on Google for information, products and services. In addition, millions of people worldwide use other Google services and applications, such as Gmail, Google Maps and YouTube.
"Google's data centres around the world help power these services, and ensure that Google searches remain fast and that our services are always secure and available."
In a statement, Google said the new data centre will "rank amongst the most energy efficient in the world".
"It will use an advanced air-cooling system to keep its computers running smoothly, taking advantage of Ireland's naturally cool climate.
"This enables Google to reduce significantly its energy requirements and helps maintain its global status as a carbon-neutral company."
Meanwhile, shares in Twitter moved back above their $26 initial public offering price, as the company continues to struggle to monetise its business and grow its user base.
The stock is down almost two-thirds from its all-time high. The sell-off started three weeks ago, when CEO Jack Dorsey warned it would take a while before Twitter is able to reverse a slowdown in user growth.