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Amazon Will Build a Fourth Data Centre in Ireland

Posted by Admin | January 10, 2017 | Telecoms

The Dublin site adds to existing facilities in Tallaght, south Dublin

Amazon has unveiled plans to add to its Irish investment by building a fourth multi-million Euro data centre in Dublin.

Following the purchase of a site at Tallaght in south Dublin last year, the new build will add to Amazon’s existing portfolio as the largest provider of data centres in the country, and see total investment exceed €1 billion, according to the Irish Independent.

The online retail website and web services provider previously bought three other sites in Tallaght, including a former Tesco distribution centre in 2010, converting it into a 22,300 sqm data centre.

Last year Amazon began the process of converting a former Jacobs Biscuits site after its purchase in 2014, with plans to build a 22,000sqm data centre and employing up to 50 members of staff. Amazon also acquired a former Shinko Microelectronics building in 2014 to build a 12,000sqm site in Tallaght.

Amazon has already begun preparations for its latest acquisition, a former site operated by distribution firm Barrett, including seeking planning permission for the demolition of existing buildings.

A proposal by US tech giant Apple for a €850 million datacentre in Galway ran into legal trouble in November after a small group of locals protested the deal due to its impact on local wildlife and the environment. The matter has since been fast tracked by the High Court and is expected to be settled within the first half of 2017.

Amazon hosts its web retail services in the data centres, while Amazon Web Services (AWS) uses them to offer data hosting to business customers globally, including Airbnb and Unilever. AWS alone created over $11 billion of revenue for the company in 2016.

Last May, more than 500 new roles were announced alongside plans to expand the Ireland hub, including positions for data centre technicians, software specialists and networking staff. Since 2010, Amazon’s total investment in European infrastructure has exceeded €15 billion.

Source: cloudpro

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