Google opens doors to €75m Irish datacentre

Summary:After a year of work, Google's new Dublin datacentre is online — its third and smallest facility in Europe.

Google has cut the ribbon on its new Irish datacentre.

The €75m facility, located in Profile Park, a 100-acre datacentre-heavy business park on the outskirts of Dublin where Google has 11 acres, officially opened on Friday.

Google's new datacentre brings with it the creation of 30 jobs, including roles for computer technicians, and electrical and mechanical engineers.

The datacentre took just over a year to build, with over 400,000 hours dedicated to design and construction, according to Irish investment organisation IDA Ireland.

And, the organisation said, the datacentre will "take advantage of Ireland's naturally cool climate" with an air-cooling system that will do away with the need for separate air-conditioning units for the facility. It will run alongside another rented datacentre that Google uses in the city.

Dublin plays home to Google's European headquarters, where the search giant currently employs around 2,500 people — roughly double its headcount six years ago.

Google's not the only tech heavyweight to site a datacentre in Dublin: Microsoft built one in the Irish capital back in 2009 and undertook a $130,000 expansion program earlier this year, while Amazon acquired a 240,000-square-foot datacentre site in 2011 .

Google has two other European datacentres: a facility in Hamina, Finland which will have 120 staff once an ongoing expansion project is finished , and one in St Ghislain, Belgium, with 120 employees.

Topics: Google, Data Centers, EU

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Jo Best has been covering IT for the best part of a decade for publications including silicon.com, Guardian Government Computing and ZDNet in both London and Sydney.

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