Dublin, 24 September 2015 – TelecityGroup Ireland, a leading European data centre provider, today announced results of a survey of senior IT decision makers which found that Irish-based businesses spent an average of €160,000 on data hosting solutions in the past 12 months. One in five (19%) said they spent upwards of half a million euro on data hosting in the past 12 months. The results were announced at the official opening of TelecityGroup’s new data centre in Blanchardstown Dublin, in the presence of Leo Varadker TD, Minister for Health, representing Dublin West.
The findings show that increasingly, businesses are starting to view Ireland as a data centre hub. They were revealed at the official launch of TelecityGroup Ireland’s new data centre in Blanchardstown, Dublin, which took place last week.
Maurice Mortell, vice president of emerging markets and country manager Ireland, TelecityGroup, said: “Ireland’s growing reputation for data centres worldwide is one of the reasons we are announcing the investment of a new state-of-the-art data centre in Blanchardstown, Dublin. The new centre is now officially open and it will provide ten new jobs.
“The results of this survey are extremely interesting and reflective of our experience with customers. Ireland’s physical location and quality of transatlantic connectivity make it one of the fastest through-points for connecting to regions including the UK, US, and Europe.”
The top three reasons for choosing Ireland as a data centre location, according to respondents, were corporation tax (67%); climate, due to the low number of heating and cooling days required (61%); and Ireland’s proximity to Europe (52%).
Other motives included ease of doing business in Ireland (29%) and local workforce talent (28%), while 22% said high speed connectivity to international markets.
Interestingly, almost half of respondents said it is the movements of some of the world’s largest internet companies to set up data centre operations here, that have caused them to think of Ireland as a data centre hub.
Garry Connolly, President and Founder, Host in Ireland, said: "As substantiated by TelecityGroup Ireland's research and findings, Ireland's 5Ps - policies, people, pedigree, pipes and power - have sustained Ireland's continued growth as a destination of choice for hosting digital content. With MNCs such as Google, Amazon and Microsoft hosting in Dublin, it is no surprise that colocation and managed services continue to expand to facilitate private and hybrid hosting."
Dónal Travers, head of technology group, IDA Ireland, added: “The availability of state-of-the-art data centres is one of the main reasons why international technology companies of all sizes choose Ireland for strategic international activities. Ireland has one of the most advanced and competitive telecommunications infrastructures in Europe, providing access to high-speed, low latency networks to the US, UK and EU. The investment by Telecity will help to further advance Ireland’s ability to attract the world’s leading digital companies to the country.”
Additional findings from the survey:
The main reasons given for choosing a particular data centre were guaranteed uptime (60%), increased security (48%) and the ability to expand when needed (46%). Respondents also cited a 24/7 data centre team, reliable connectivity and data protection as key drivers.
The largest proportion of respondents (39%) said their organisation uses an on-premise data hosting solution, rather than a data centre. More than 30% use a split on-premise and a hosted data centre solution, while 29% use a data centre as a data host. 26% said their organisation plans to move to a split hosted data centre and cloud solution within the next two years.
Respondents said disaster recovery and business continuity will most impact data centre hosting needs over the next 12 months, while 27% said the growth of data would have most impact.
The survey was commissioned in August 2015 by TelecityGroup Ireland and carried out by TechPro among 131 senior IT decision makers in Irish-based businesses, which were typically larger enterprises.
About TelecityGroup PLC
TelecityGroup provides data centres, operating facilities in city locations across Europe.
TelecityGroup’s data centres provide secure and connected environments for the IT and telecoms equipment that powers the digital economy. Its data centres are enabling environments in which the separate networks that make up the internet meet and where bandwidth intensive applications, content and information are hosted.
TelecityGroup’s customers are the networks and providers of content, applications and data that make up the internet. Customers choose TelecityGroup because of its high-quality infrastructure and service standards, connectivity options and capacity to support their future growth.
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