US FIRM EdgeConneX is to build its first data centre in Ireland, in a project likely to cost as much as €30m. But it could spend millions more in an eventual expansion of the new operation in Dublin.
The company joins what has been a huge investment cycle in data centres in Ireland, with billions of euro having already been spent or earmarked for projects by global giants such as Amazon, Microsoft, Apple, Google and Facebook.
Headquartered in Virginia, EdgeConneX has just one other European data centre, in the Netherlands. It opened earlier this year. It has 23 data centres spread across the United States. They've been rolled out since 2013.
In the UK, EdgeConneX will build so-called edge data centres across the UK for Virgin Media, which owns TV3. Virgin Media is owned by John Malone's Liberty Media.
The Irish data centre being built by EdgeConneX will be constructed at Grange Castle in west Dublin. There are already significant data centre operations at the site, including those constructed by Microsoft.
The EdgeConneX data centre, which will extend over more than 5,700 sq metres, will be built on a 6.5 hectare site, and will form phase one of a possible three-phase project.
EdgeConneX's backers include Comcast Ventures, part of the Comcast group that owns NBCUniversal. Comcast is also an EdgeConneX customer.
In May, Microsoft has received planning permission for the construction of four huge data centres at Grange Castle that are likely to involve an investment of as much as €900m.
Apple is planning to build an €850m data centre in Athenry, Co Galway. Facebook has started construction of a €200m data centre in Co Meath.
Amazon has a number of data centres in Dublin to support its huge web services business.