Tuesday 25 October 2016

Amazon to build new data centre close to city


Jeff Bezos
Jeff Bezos

Internet retail giant Amazon is planning yet another massive data centre in Dublin in a move that could propel its expected total capital expenditure on such projects here to as much as €1bn.

Amazon, headed by Jeff Bezos (right), was already planning to build another huge data centre at a site in Blanchardstown in Dublin. That's expected to cost as much as €200m to build.

But now Amazon is also planning the construction of another large data centre on a huge site close to Dublin Airport, at the Clonshaugh Business and Technology Park.

The site was formerly home to GE Superabrasives. The former GE factory and associated offices extends over 18,441 sq m, or almost 200,000 sq ft, on a total site of 9.3 hectares.

GE put the site up for sale at the end of 2013 with a €5m price tag.

Amazon already operates a data centre at the Clonshaugh park at a leased premises that's owned by Digital Realty Trust.


It's believed that some preparatory site work is already under way at the former GE Superabrasives site.

It will undoubtedly be one of the biggest data centre sites the US firm has in Ireland. The country has been experiencing a boom in data centre construction thanks in part to our temperate climate, which helps lower the cost of cooling the large buildings.

The computer servers running in these centres create a huge amount of heat, so companies are looking for relatively inexpensive ways of keeping them cool.

That has led to cooler countries, such as Ireland and Norway, becoming the ideal location for the storage centres.

Privacy concerns in the US have also made European countries a favoured destination for these data centres.

Amazon is currently planning to build a data centre at the Blanchardstown Business and Technology Park, where it has had operations since 2010.

It already has two data centres there.

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