Yahoo announced in late March that it is considering opening an Ireland data center in order to keep up with European demands for online services.
The tech giant is currently considering sites for its new facility. Yahoo could either choose to purchase an existing site or have one purpose built for the company. Plans to expand into the European market were discussed by company officials at the opening of Yahoo's new office in Dublin in late March. The company has maintained a presence in Dublin for over a decade, making it an ideal site for its new Ireland data center. One of the facility's it currently leases from the city hosts all of the company's website content, so it would be a logical next step to move into the area permanently, according to Pat Scully, managing director of Yahoo EMEA.
A variety of major infrastructure and cloud service providers already maintain a presence in Ireland, including Telecity Group, DataPlex and Digital Realty. Equinix is also expected to be launching an Ireland data center soon. With demand from global businesses expected to at least triple the country's data center capacity within the next three years, now may be an ideal time to begin operating an Ireland data center. The country currently has 210 MVA from facilities connected the its power grid, but forecasts from electricity transmission system manager Eirgrid project that 700 MVA is waiting to be connected by 2018.
The reliable power supply and cool climate present in Ireland make the country an attractive location for data center investment. On top of those perks is the fact that Ireland offers substantial data center tax incentives with one of the lowest corporate tax rates in Europe.
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