PlanNet 21 opens new €20m data centre

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16 July 2015 | 0

PlanNet 21 Communications has invested €20 million in a new data centre in Blanchardstown that will support its range of cloud services for customers.

The Minister of State with special responsibility for European Affairs and data protection, Dara Murphy TD, welcomed the development. Minister Murphy said that while it was an ambition of the government to attract foreign direct investment, acknowledging PlanNet 21 partner Cisco and its commitment to the country, PlanNet 21’s continued success was “what we see here as the goal in attracting FDI,” it being a “wholly owned, organically grown company establishing itself in this field”.

Minister Murphy went on to say that while “Europe has become too protectionist, too cautious, with respect to technology and data,” Ireland “can be a foil for that”. “We are anti-red tape and pro-business, but in a way that protects citizens.”

Peter Carroll, CEO, PlanNet 21 Communications said that the move to the cloud was at the forefront of this development for the company, and its main aim is to provide hosted services to customers, adding the “journey to deployment has been an interesting one”.

Carroll said that the design of the new DC had been very carefully considered and has resulted in a facility that is modular in design, flexible, and to be built-out in phases.

The services that will be offered and supported will include unified communications, big data and analytics, software defined networking, business continuity and disaster recovery, and hyper convergence.

“We believe it will be the most efficient data centre in Ireland,” said Carroll.

The 929 sqm (10,000 sqft) data centre, also has 465 sqm (5,000 sqft) of office space for business continuity services. The Tier III facility features 2N-level infrastructure, and enjoys free cooling, with water cooler back up. Despite Tier III allowing for a single point of failure, the DC exceeds this aspect of the specification and is approaching Tier IV. It also collects rainwater from the roof which is used for the indirect air cooling system

There are diverse fibre connections to the data centre, and Carroll said that direct fibre connections to customer premises can also be facilitated.

James Wilman, engineering sales director, Future-Tech, said that the compressor free cooling means that the facility has a PUE rating of 1.12, but 1.08 is achievable in operation, which would represent the best efficiency in Ireland.


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