The flow and exchange of data is shaping the global economy. While constraints, geographic, financial or otherwise, may once have prevented companies from expanding into lucrative new markets, rapid technological development is enabling companies in every sector to be more agile, and bring their products and services to market more quickly than ever before.
Ireland’s lure as prime location for data center colocation is intensifying, and the acquisition of TelecityGroup by Equinix in January is a big reason why. The arrival of Equinix in Ireland has given locally-hosted businesses access to interconnection on a grand scale. Now, organizations can reach 40 global markets on five continents.
Ireland is a Tier 1 location for serving business-to-business and business-to-consumer customers. But soon, we are going to witness a massive explosion in data generated by the Internet of Everything, with predictions that 90% of this data will be data-center-to-data-center. That’s where the opportunities lie for Ireland. We have been laying the foundations for the past 60 years – now it’s time to ride the next wave of opportunity.
Ireland’s data center landscape has changed dramatically in the past decade, as business requirements have changed and the role of the data center provider has transformed. Recently, Ireland was dubbed the data center hub of Europe. But how did it get to that point?