Blacknight announces green data centre for Carlow

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27 August 2012 | 0

Domain registrar and hosting company Blacknight has announced the construction of an on-site data centre that will use green technology and create local jobs in Carlow.

"We are always looking for ways to improve our services," said Blacknight CEO Michele Neylon. "Bringing a data centre in-house means our staff are no more than five minutes away to service it at any time. Having that kind of peace of mind gives us more time to focus on other aspects of our business."

Paul Kelly, CTO, said: "We are aiming for a PUE [power usage effectiveness] of between 1.1 and 1.2. This means that the cost to cool the IT equipment will be considerably lower than in older data centres. Ireland’s year round low average temperatures make running a data centre cooled by ambient air a possibility.

"On day one, our new data centre will house 700 servers and by the end of the project that number will be 6,500. The project will also add several million euro to the local economy."

The project started in late 2011 and construction began in the summer of 2012. The first phase of the project is scheduled for completion by the end of this year, with the centre opening its doors early in 2013.

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