Spotlight on Dublin: The World’s Data Centre

Dublin provides an ideal location for tech companies, which together with fibre optic networks, ​is supporting Ireland and the world’s digital ​economy.

Many of the world’s leading tech and content companies call Dublin home. Whether it is a campus or just presence in a data centre, Dublin has captured the giants of these industries and acts as the emerald bridge between the U.S. and Europe.

It’s not just the biggest tech names that are have based their operations in Ireland. Dublin has some of the newer household names to call residents, such as fintech and sharing economy companies, as well as having a burgeoning startup scene. Even some of the bigger investment banks have their own R&D Innovation labs in the Irish capital.

A report from late 2016 states that 96% of its C-suite respondents view Ireland as a favourable investment location for data driven businesses, second only to the UK. But what continues to make Ireland the go-to place for these big data-driven companies?

The country has the geographic advantage in that it sits in the middle of the UK and the U.S. and has strong relationship with both countries. Ireland is also the only English-speaking country in the eurozone with a pro-business regulatory environment and a deep talent pool. With a natural climate that helps with the cooling of data centres and little threat of natural disasters, Dublin’s natural economy supports this pro-business system that has been put in place.

However, to foster the favourable economic environment in Dublin there has to be an adequate supporting infrastructure. Dublin is known for data centres with at least 20 public and private facilities around the city, but there needs to be other elements supporting these key data hubs and the burgeoning cloud ecosystem these data centres are creating.

Connecting this data centre hub to the rest of the world are more than a dozen subsea cables linking Ireland to the U.S., the UK and Europe. The lowest latency transatlantic cable can connect Cork in Ireland to the east coast of the US with a latency of 44.92ms. Zayo owns and operates two fully diverse subsea cables between the UK and Dublin with the ability to connect to key communication hubs in the UK, U.S. and mainland Europe.

There is also an extensive metro network within Dublin connecting the more than 17 data centres in and around the Dublin area. Many of the data centres are connected by the Zayo owned and operated T50, which is the main artery or even the ‘fibre motorway’ around the metro market. Together with an extensive footprint in the enterprise area in the city, organisations can connect their offices to their Dublin data centres and then onward to the rest of the world.

What’s next for Ireland? At the recent Data Centres Ireland expo, everyone was talking about the next big thing being a four letter word starting with ‘C’ – Cork. With a recent transatlantic cable landing in the Irish city and others linking straight to mainland Europe, watch this space.