Apple to build Irish Data Centre
Planning approval has been granted to Apple for a new data centre on a 500 acre site at Derrydonnell near Athenry, Co Galway. The new facility is expected to become operational by 2017 and when complete will run exclusively on renewable energy. Once operational, it is expected that the facility will employ up to 150 people.
Apple is investing €850 million developing the new data centre which will support its online services such as iTunes and Maps. As part of the selection process Apple inspected some 25 sites across Galway before deciding on the Athenry location. The main reasons given for choosing the site were the “uniquely attractive” lands, road quality and the scale of the site which is expected to be more than adequate to cope with Apple’s 15 year plan to build another data centre in the same location.
A number of global tech companies are either in the process of establishing data centres in Ireland or are significantly expanding existing operations in an overall investment valued at almost €3.7 billion. Alongside companies like companies Facebook, Google, Microsoft, IBM, eBay, Vodafone an Yahoo! some less well known names including BT, Eir, EMC and Equinix have data centre operations here.
Ireland has become popular with companies wishing to set up data centre facilities in Europe due to the country’s energy and communications infrastructure, low corporate tax rate and a temperate climate which helps to reduce running costs.
Callaghan Engineering, one of Ireland’s leading consulting engineering & project management firms, is currently involved in multiple Data Centre projects for multinational clients.