Google unveils Dublin data centre

Jennifer Scott News
3 Oct, 2011

The headlines may be coming from Tottenham Court Road’s ‘Chrome Zone, but it is the back-end creating more jobs.

Google will launch a new data centre in Dublin, Ireland, the internet giant confirmed this weekend.

It has bought an 11 acre site within Profile Park and plans on spending €75 million (£64.5 million) to bring the area up to standard over 12 to 15 months – providing jobs for 200 construction workers.

When completed, the site will employ a further 30 people and act as an extension to the already sizeable data centre Google rents in the same area, which employs over 2,000 workers.

Although little details were revealed about what the US firm would be running from the centre, it is safe to assume some of its European cloud storage will reside within the building.

Google claimed the new data centre would be one of the most energy efficient in the world, with an air-cooling system it has tried and tested at its rented site.

“This technology takes advantage of Ireland’s naturally cool climate and uses outside air to cool computers instead of costly and energy-hungry air-conditioning units,” said a statement.

The announcement has received full backing from the Irish Government, with the minister for jobs, enterprise and innovation, Richard Bruton, attending the launch.

“As I have said repeatedly, the global cloud computing industry offers Ireland a massive opportunity for jobs and economic growth,” he said.

“The decision by Google, one of the most important multinational companies in Ireland, to locate a state-of-the-art data centre in Dublin is an endorsement of our policies in this area, and a sign of what is possible if we continue our focus.”

Construction will begin soon, with the site expected to be complete in late 2012 to early 2013.

Today, Google also announced it would be taking to the high street with the launch of Chrome Zones.

The retail outlets will reside within PC World/Curry’s stores, with the first on Tottenham Court Road – a stone’s throw from the Cloud Pro offices.

Our sister title, IT Pro, has been for a nose around so check out their first look of the Chrome Zone here.