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August 21, 2015

Google plans €150 million Irish data centre

Company to build €150 million data centre in the Dublin region with plans for more future expansion.

By Joao Lima

Google has unveiled plans to build a second Irish data centre to power its services including Gmail, Maps and YouTube.

The search engine company will be investing €150 million in the facility, bringing total investments in its Irish data centres to €515 million since the firm’s first facility opened in 2012, according to the Irish Times.

The data centre will be located next to Google’s first building at Profile Park, near Grangecastle West Dublin.

Google has also acquired a 31 acre piece of land adjacent to the existing site to expand services in the future, according to RTE.

The Irish media said construction of the new facility has already begun and is expected to employ up to 400 people while it is being build out.

Ronan Harris, head of operations at Google Ireland, told the Irish newspaper: "We are still very excited about our presence in Ireland and what Ireland has to offer.

"We have made a lot of capital investments here since 2010, including a data centre that went online in 2012. This is yet another investment on our part."

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Google is the fourth tech titan to announce an expansion of its data centre business in Ireland this year.

In April, Apple said it had handed over a planning permission to Galway’s City Council to build a 263,000 sq ft data centre in Athenry.

A month after Facebook unveiled plans to build a €200 million data centre in Meath. In June, Microsoft followed with plans to invest €70 million in a 7,600 sq m data centre in Clondalkin, Dublin.

Over the last two weeks, Ireland has also been revealed to be having two transatlantic cables landing on its shores.

On August 13, Hibernia Networks said it had deployed a 4,600Km low latency fibre optic submarine cable linking Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada to Cork.

This week, colo Equinix said it is collaborating with network provider Aqua Comms to deploy a 5,400 Km subsea cable connecting New York to London, which will also land in the West Coast of Ireland.

In CBR’s top global places to build a data centre rank, Dublin scored fifth.

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