Google begins construction on €150m data centre in West Dublin
21 August 2015 | 0
Google has begun construction on a data centre at Profile Park in West Dublin. A total of 400 jobs will be created during the construction of the €150 million project, the first phase of which is expected to be completed later this year. A further 30 full-time jobs will be created in managing the data centre.
The new two storey data centre is being built alongside Google’s existing data centre which opened in 2012. In addition, Google has completed the purchase of 31 acres adjacent to its facilities in Profile Park which will give the company flexibility should it have additional data centre requirements in the future.
“Every day, millions of people around the world search on Google for information, products and services,” said Ronan Harris, head of Google in Ireland. “In addition, millions of people worldwide use other Google services and applications, such as Gmail, Google Maps and YouTube. Google’s data centres around the world help power these services, and ensure that Google searches remain fast and that our services are always secure and available.”
The new data centre is expected to rank amongst the most energy efficient in the world. It will use an advanced air-cooling system to keep its computers running smoothly, taking advantage of Ireland’s naturally cool climate. This enables Google to reduce significantly its energy requirements and helps maintain its global status as a carbon-neutral company.
Ireland has long been a popular country to locate data centres in owing to the naturally cool climate. Other multinationals that have set up similar operations here include Microsoft and Apple.