As part of its plan to develop a large-scale computing facility in the region, Digital Realty Trust announced in September that it has officially opened its Dublin data center. The project, which cost $192 million, is the first phase of a four-building complex in the region totaling 85,000 square feet. The 10-acre site is located in Dublin’s Digital Profile Park, west of the city, and has a 15.36 MW capacity.
“Our investment in Dublin’s Profile Park was based on Ireland’s standing as a leading international location for technology and innovation,” said Bernard Geoghegan, managing director, EMEA & Asia Pacific at Digital Realty. “The facility is designed to offer both local and multinational enterprise clients an excellent range of connectivity options into the wider Digital Realty ecosystem.”
The park is the first and only Ireland data center certified Tier III, achieving at least 99.74 percent redundant uptime capacity. The facility has also obtained BRE Environmental Assessment Method approval, which recognizes the use of data center sustainability techniques and best practice in eco-friendly building design.
In keeping with the use of sustainable methods, the Dublin data center is utilizing an indirect air optimization system to cool the facility. The green cooling method reduces the facility’s PUE rating, which improves clients’ energy efficiency and cuts the total cost of occupancy. While testing the cooling system, the Ireland data center was able to achieve PUE ratings of between 1.15 and 1.18, almost .5 lower than the average rating obtained when using a traditional chilled water system.