Wednesday 13 December 2017

Cool climate makes us hot favourite for tech-company location choice

Ireland has become a destination of choice for data centres, attracting huge levels of investment from the world's biggest technology firms.

And a big part of that decision comes down to the climate. We might prefer more hot summers like we've just had, but for firms wanting to cut down on the expense of running a massive data centre, the cooler the weather, the better.

Last September, Google opened a €75m data centre in Dublin. It hosts computers that run so-called cloud services, such as the Google search engine, Gmail and Google maps. It's also amongst the most energy-efficient data centres in the world because it uses an air-cooling system that eliminates the need for expensive-to-run air conditioning. Without our temperate climate, that wouldn't be possible.

That centre uses about 50pc less energy than a traditional data centre.

Microsoft has data centres in a number of countries, including the United States and the Netherlands. It has also just announced plans to build a major data centre in Finland at an estimated cost of $250m (€184m).

The decision came just as Microsoft announced it was buying Nokia's mobile phone wing for a total of nearly €5.5bn.

Irish Independent

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