Mark Fagan, head of datacentres, BTIreland.

Are we keen to be green?

The European Commission estimates that by 2020, data centre operators across Europe will consum up to 104 TWh (tera watts/hour) of electricity, that’s twice the energy consumption of the entire Czech Republic.  CO2 emissions from ICT are already estimated to be two per cent of global emissions, equivalent to the airline industry.

And while institutions such as the European Commission can issue guidelines and codes of conduct which govern the data centre industry, are customers exercised by increasing carbon footprints or does choosing a data centre provider inevitably come down to cost? Read more

David Walsh Director of Commercial & SME eircom

How safe are our data centres?

It doesn’t happen very often but when a data centre security breach occurs, it sends a shockwave through the business community.

In its latest ‘Worldwide Infrastructure Security Report’, US-based Arbor Networks reveals that 71 per cent of data centre operators reported distributed denial of service or DDoS attacks this year, up dramatically from 45 per cent in 2012.   DDoS attacks attempt to make, in this case, the data centre unavailable to other users by flooding the resource with external communication requests. Read more

Davin Cody – Cloud Lead for Enterprise Servers, Storage & Networking (ESSN) – HP Ireland. Pic. Maura Hickey.

Up, up and away

Data centre business is on an upward trajectory.  According to 451 Research, the market value for hosting services in Ireland will approach €175 million in 2016, representing a CAGR of 18 per cent.  This growth, it predicts, will outpace the UK, Benelux, the Nordics and Iceland.

And the forecast for infrastructure as a service (IaaS) is equally positive with revenues of €51 million and CAGR of 50 per cent predicted to 2016.

Who and what is driving this exceptional growth? Read more

Bryan Hickson, Client Solutions Executive IBM Ireland

Maintaining a competitive advantage

Ireland is a highly attractive location for hosting digital content for international companies with plans to serve European markets.  That’s according to global research organisation, Agency 451 in an independently commissioned report from October 2013, which looks at all aspects of Ireland’s strategy for hosting and managing digital assets.  Read more