Irish Data Centre Ecosystem Report
A rapid digital transformation has taken place both here in Ireland and across the planet in an era widely referred to as the Industrial Revolution 4.0. Data and digital tools are enabling new types of innovation, communication and creativity. Where would we be without data over the last few years? Zoom calls to friends and family, virtual classrooms for remote learning and online shopping to clothe and feed us have all been critical components of our shared global experience. Ireland has had a six decade relationship with data. From mainframes in the 1960s to world-leading software exports via floppy disk in the 1990s to data exports via data centres and fibre today. Irish companies have a long history supporting and partnering with global multinational organisations. Nine of the top ten global ICT companies have a home in Ireland as do more than 1,000 data-driven digital infrastructure organisations, which have grown up alongside the global tech giants. Through this experience, the knowledge acquired by Irish companies has helped Ireland evolve as a leading data hosting nation, as well as a supplier of skills and services needed for data’s global expansion. Despite this success, there is still much that is misunderstood about the part of the digital infrastructure where data lives – in the data centre. The buildings are sometimes thought of as secretive and austere grey “boxes’’ that are disconnected from their local communities. There is a misperception they add little value to the communities they reside in despite the economic benefits they provide.
Garry Connolly Founder Host In Ireland
“ The knowledge acquired by Irish companies has helped Ireland evolve as a leading data hosting nation, as well as a supplier of skills and services needed for data’s global expansion. ”
“ A data centre is so much more than a building on the side of the road. It is the heart of a digital infrastructure ecosystem that touches dozens of different industries. ”
A data centre is so much more than a building on the side of the road. It is the heart of a digital infrastructure ecosystem that touches dozens of different industries. Everything from construction, real estate, engineering, architecture, telecommunications, energy, software, IT hardware, security, legal, marketing, finance and more. It’s not just about what happens within the data centre, but also the critical role data centres play supporting their customers who come from every industry, including medical, research, automotive, manufacturing, financial services, travel and many more. An ecosystem at its most basic biological definition consists of organisms and the physical environment with which they interact. A business ecosystem is typically defined as a network of organisations involved in the creation and delivery of products and services. For an ecosystem to flourish, cooperation and competition - or “co-opetition” - needs to exist. A diverse group of partners all interact and collaborate to bring the most innovative ideas and products to the forefront and raise the playing field for the industry as a whole. This ethos has been at the heart of Host in Ireland since our inception. Although many of our partners are competitors, they have historically come together as a collective to promote the capabilities of Ireland as a centre of data excellence. Today, many of our partners are location agnostic and building robust businesses from Ireland across Europe, the US, the Middle East, and making inroads to Africa and the rest of the world. The focus is now just as heavily focused on promoting Irish companies in the global data centre market. What has made Ireland an intrinsic home to digital infrastructure and Irish companies so successful? Simply put, it’s who we are, I.R.I.S.H. There are common threads that run throughout companies who work from and within Ireland no matter how big or small they are – I ngenuity, R elentlessness, I ntegrity, S trength and H istory. But what exactly does that mean?
Being I.R.I.S.H. is not about nationalities, but rather how and why digital infrastructure coming from Ireland – with global and Irish companies – plays a unique role around the world. The data centre market opportunity in Europe is expected to grow to $66B by 2030, and the domestic Irish market represents 10% of that opportunity. Whilst the 6 Ps - Policy, Pedigree, People, Power, Pipes and Proximity - have been a valid representation of the domestic market, this report will begin to explore a deeper understanding of “why I.R.I.S.H. ”. We will look at how Ireland has become a centre of Data Excellence. We’ll also examine the growing influence of Irish companies in the global market. Finally, we’ll showcase the Host in Ireland partner ecosystem and introduce you to the companies truly making Ireland an emerald jewel in the crown of global digital infrastructure.
“ A diverse group of partners all interact and collaborate to bring the most innovative ideas and products to the forefront and raise the playing field for the industry as a whole. ”
Garry Connolly Founder
A rich and diverse set of companies is reflected in the breadth and depth of Host in Ireland’s partners. Our partners are responsible for selecting, planning and design during the pre-construction phase of a data centre build. They are also actively involved in the build phase of construction of the base building and commissioning of a data centre. The largest cohort of Host in Ireland partners equip data centres with the IT equipment, infrastructure, HVAC and other operational systems as they move from the construction to the operational phase of the data centre. Finally, our partners own and operate data centres and are responsible for the daily functioning of services to and for a data centre, as well as refreshing projects and building out new ones.
If you Google a definition for “centre of excellence” the first one you come across is “a place where the highest standards are maintained.” In broader terms, a centre of excellence is typically thought of as a collection of individuals or organisations coming together to share best practices, research, knowledge and support in order to innovate on a particular subject matter. Ireland has become a successful “data” centre of excellence because of both multinational and Irish companies that call Ireland home. Enterprise Ireland refers to Ireland as “a global innovation partner to the world’s most dynamic companies, delivering transformative technology that shapes their futures.” The success we see today is a continuation of the 60 years of being a base for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and the knowledge and experience accumulated by Irish companies who have done business with these organisations over the years. To better understand how this has impacted the Irish data centre industry both at home and abroad, Host in Ireland sat down with a few of our partners to hear more about their journey. We spoke with Paddy Ryan, CEO of GagaMuller; Paudi Reidy, CEO of LPI Group; Cathal Quinn, Commercial Group Director of Moy Materials; and Greg Hayden, CEO of Ethos Engineering. Each of these companies are at a different stage of growth and development, but each have started their business from Ireland and have scaled up to grow their business exporting Irish services and products to the global data centre market.
“ A centre of excellence is collection of individuals or organisations coming together to share best practices, research, knowledge and support in order to innovate. ”
How is Ireland viewed as a centre of excellence? Do you think it has changed over time?
Cathal Quinn Group Commercial Director Moy
Paddy Ryan : In terms of the construction industry, in general, Ireland has been viewed as a centre of excellence for many years. You can be in Finland, Netherlands or Denmark and you see Mercury, Adrmac, Jones, etc. logos on every data centre site across Europe. Paudi Reidy : In addition, multinational and FDI companies have long been in Ireland. One of the components that has enabled them to be successful is through Irish common law. They have been safeguarded through the years, whether it is through semiconductors, life sciences, pharmaceutical or other industries. That trust and security developed translates to data and the data centre industry. Cathal Quinn : [This trust and security] is important as the pace of data moves faster than any other industry in Ireland. In addition to the reputation set by the construction industry and the ease of doing business in Ireland, the relationships these companies build with their Irish counterparts are critical to the success of any project, but in particular for the data centre industry. Is this something unique to Ireland? Cathal Quinn : I believe it is. We’ve been on multiple sites across Europe, where the main contractor changed four, five or six times. We’ve seen the architectural firms change a couple of times. All for the same client, but we’ve managed to stay. I believe that the quality and strength of the relationship makes a difference. Sometimes in Ireland we just think that’s just the way business is done, but when we go abroad, it’s not the same. Other cultures may deliver projects based on metrics or procedures, but the way we build relationships is unique to Ireland. It enables us to get the job done right for the customer, and I think, is reflected in the longevity we see on projects. Greg Hayden : Building that trust begins on Day One. When we are pitching a project, the team we present in that initial meeting is the team they work with throughout the project. As we made the transition to the data centre sector in 2008, we were learning on the job with the clients. When the time came to pitch and win business abroad, the dynamic changed. We were now bringing in knowledge of having worked with these top foreign direct investment companies. They knew what we were about, we understood the industry and together we were able to be successful in other markets.
“ I believe that the quality and strength of the relationship makes a difference. ”
“ Building trust begins on Day One. When we are pitching a project, the team we present in that initial meeting is the team they work with throughout the project. ”
Greg Hayden CEO Ethos Engineering
When do these relationships have the most impact?
Greg Hayden : In any large scale project like building a data centre, problems can happen. What is unique to the Irish companies- both within Ireland and abroad- is that we know how to get ourselves and our fellow team members out of those problems and get the project back on track. It’s about how you approach the job and interact with the client. The customer knows we are there and will stand up and be counted. We aren’t just there for the fair weather days, but we’re there for when things go wrong. Paddy Ryan : GagaMuller is only four years old. In the early days, we took whatever job we could get. Luckily we had data centre experience and relationships with key industry figures that gave us opportunities to show what we were able to do. I found we ended up being parachuted in when problems occurred. We wouldn’t get a job on tender because we didn’t have enough experience. Then, we’d get a phone call when the schedule is 14 weeks in delay and they need someone to fix it. Cathal Quinn : In this industry, we get brought off course every hour, every minute of every day, but we’re phenomenal getting it back on track. We’re doing it now with an educated skill set that comes from university level through real- world experience. Yes, there is a strong work ethic, but it’s combined with phenomenal experience. What does growth look like for your organisation now? Paudi Reidy : Given the product nature of our business, we originally came into a project on spec via designers, engineers, contracts, etc. What we are seeing now is growth in our maintenance business where we are offered contracts for maintenance hours as well. To put that into perspective, we had 10 employees in 2016 and have grown to 160, and we anticipate hiring another 25 in the next few months. So we are not only growing by exporting into Europe, but we are also diversifying our business as well.
“ What we are seeing now is growth in our maintenance business where we are offered contracts for maintenance hours as well. ”
Paudi Reidy CEO LPI Group
Paddy Ryan : For us, growth means expanding into the European market. For a young company, the ability to rely on my Irish counterparts on how to do that and best practices for success has been invaluable. Paudi has been a tremendous help in that regard. What is the most tax efficient way of setting this up? What is the best structure for the business? How to come into a market, set up the business and hire local talent. Greg Hayden : One thing that makes us all unique is that we are all specialists in what we do. We are not trying to be all things to all people. We are good at our piece of the puzzle and that opens up opportunities across Europe. At Ethos Engineering, we are part of a European Alliance Network with 14 other firms across Europe. When we come into a job with one of those partners, all of a sudden we go from 120 people to 3500. It opens up a pathway for us to do business with a greater number of clients in a broader set of countries. Cathal Quinn : And that brings us back to our earlier point about relationships. When we go into a new country, sometimes we work with local partners. On other occasions we bring in Dutch or German or British or Irish partners to help on the project. Each market is different so we need to understand how each relationship is different as well. What works in one country might not work in another. We have to take the individuality of the local market into account as well as understanding how it plays into the data centre industry as a whole.
Paddy Ryan CEO GagaMuller Group
“ For us, growth means expanding into the European market. ”
“ All the skills and quality and safety ethos that we developed in pharmaceuticals could be brought into the data centre world. Our clients are similar across the sectors. ”
Dave Phelan Business Development Director Suir Engineering
Foreign direct investment (FDI) has long played a role in Ireland’s economic growth and development. The track record of successful partnerships between Irish companies and multinational organisations spans multiple industries over numerous decades. Many indigenous Irish companies have been able to capitalise on the knowledge, experience and skill sets gained from the technology, life science, and pharmaceutical industries to expand both globally and within Ireland. The data centre industry, in particular, embodies how Irish companies have become influencers in the global market. For construction service companies - builders, contractors, engineering, professional services, infrastructure suppliers - the 2008 economic downturn created a necessity to diversify their business. As they were evaluating how their breadth of knowledge supporting pharmaceutical or semiconductor companies created a unique selling proposition, the burgeoning data industry was seeing the arrival of multinational hyperscale operators in Ireland. Dave Phelan, business development director for Suir Engineering, explains one of the ways his company was able to make that transition: “All the skills and quality and safety ethos that we developed in pharmaceuticals could be brought into the data centre world. It’s the same with work we continue to do in utilities and energy that also feeds back into data centres as well. Our clients are similar across the sectors.”
Aidan Kerins Group Business Development Director Kirby Group
Aidan Kerins , group business development director for Kirby Group, identifies some of the specific skills that have made them successful in the European data centre industry: “I believe that over time, Irish companies became particularly skilled at reporting to the standards that the US and other FDI multinationals expected in terms of quality assurance, schedule reporting, cost management, and so on. We have a long history of delivering to the asset delivery requirements that suits these organisations and continually exceeding their expectations.” As a result, the data centre ecosystem thrived within Ireland. “Everything channels back to Ireland because of the level of expertise built up from the last five to ten years,” said Shane McMahon , European sales director for Tate Inc. “Many of us in the industry got in early with the hyperscale clients and went through those early growing pains and learned so much. Now, the accumulated knowledge and experience can be found both here in Ireland and with Irish companies.” Irish companies are looking beyond Ireland and exporting those services and expertise abroad. Some of this opportunity comes from servicing untapped markets. “Early on, nobody was building at scale in the traditional data centre hubs. Data centres in Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam and Paris (FLAP) were in the middle of massive cities. It didn’t make any sense for some of the big contractors to go in, which created an opportunity for us,” said Philip Cruise , preconstruction data centre lead for SISK. “Because we were working with clients who were moving outside of traditional spaces to operate at scale, we were able to build upon that experience and expand our work with colocation clients who were looking to do the same.”
“ I believe that over time, Irish companies became particularly skilled at reporting to the standards that the US and other FDI multinationals expected. ”
“ Everything channels back to Ireland because of the level of expertise built up from the last five to ten years. ”
Shane McMahon European Sales Director Tate Inc
Philip Cruise Preconstruction Data Centre Lea SISK
“ Early on, nobody was building at scale in the traditional data centre hubs. ”
Building on past success is laying the foundation for future progress. “For many of us, the most successful strategy is to follow key clients into new markets as they expand. We have built the relationships for them to know they can trust us on each project they bring us into,” said Stephen Byrne , group business development manager for Mercury. “So while we will continue to see development in FLAP, we will also be seeing growth in secondary markets such as Italy, Spain, Portugal, Poland and other Eastern European countries.” This success and continued growth is not without significant challenges. Supply chains are fraught with difficulty, talent is scarce and sustainability and carbon reduction at all stages is under increasing scrutiny. These pressures and challenges, much like the 2008 economic downturn, creates an opportunity for Irish companies to lead. However, this time they do so with experience and earned trust of customers, partners and colleagues across the industry. It’s a good time to be I.R.I.S.H .
“ For many of us, the most successful strategy is to follow key clients into new markets as they expand. ”
Stephen Byrne Group Business Development
In this chapter you will get to know our 51 partner companies who are the key data centre related service and technology providers within Ireland. Some of our partners are multinationals with operations in the Irish market. Some of them have chosen Ireland as their European base. And as you have seen in previous chapters, a number of our native Irish partners are now successfully running digital infrastructure around the world. Regardless of their origin or size, all of our partners form an important part of the Host In Ireland Data Centre Ecosystem and the wider digital infrastructure landscape. Individually, within their fields of expertise, and together- in the spirit of “co-opetition”- they innovate the ways our digital infrastructure is being designed, built and operated.
Plan & Design
Own & Operate
DESIGN & ENGINEERING
• MEP Engineering • Civil & Structural Engineering • Architecture • Project Management • Cost Consultancy • Environmental Due Diligence • Permitting • Specialist Services Such as CFD Modelling, Fire Engineering, Security And Ict Design Through collaboration, cutting-edge research and our integrated approach to design and delivery, AECOM is helping clients meet growing global demand for the next generation of data centres. As one of the world’s leading infrastructure firms, AECOM has the strength and stability to bring facilities to market with minimal risk through our global network of data centre specialists and invaluable local knowledge held by regional teams. We understand the complexities of designing and constructing critical infrastructure as well as the industry drivers and the organisational challenges faced by hyperscale, developer, colocation and telecommunication clients and end-users.
Sara Devitt Director
POWER SYSTEMS & POWER MANAGEMENT
“ Anord Mardix is known for engineering excellence around the world and we have a lot of exciting projects on the horizon. ”
• BIM Modelling • Bespoke Modular Design • Site Services and Maintenance • Hyperscale Fabrication • Global Project Installation • Switchgear, Busway and Power Management Manufacturing • 3rd Party System Maintenance and Upgrades Anord Mardix, a Flex company, is the global leader in critical power distribution and protection. Our operational and manufacturing facilities reach globally across North America, Europe and Asia Pacific employing over 1,000 highly skilled people in a comprehensive and diverse range of roles. We lead through engineering excellence, driving quality, sustainability and innovation through our comprehensive product range and service offering. We work with our clients to build relationships focused on bespoke end-to-end solutions, unrivalled in the critical power industry.
Alan McCartney VP of Sales, Key Accounts
“ We believe in setting new standards for the industry and driving innovation, we tailor solutions to our clients’ evolving needs, and we work hard to harness our unrivalled knowledge to deliver safety first and excellence as standard across award winning projects. ”
• Architectural fit-out of Data Centres • Hot & cold aisle containment • Modular Data Centres • Seismic and structural ceilings • Doors and security packages
• Fit out of ancillary areas • BIM & 3D visualisation • DFMA
Ardmac is an international construction company delivering complex high value workspaces and technical environments. We have been providing high quality spaces to fast moving and evolving markets for more than 45 years. We are a leading global provider of data centres and modular solutions. At Ardmac, our reputation is built on delivering results and exceeding client expectations. As a specialist contractor, we provide the architectural fit-out of Datacentres, offering a range of solutions, including Hot & Cold Aisle Containment (HAC’s). We seek to drive efficiencies utilising lean principles, early contractor involvement, maximising BIM & 3D visualisation, smart digital processes and by taking a DFMA approach where possible.
Roy Millar MD of Data Centres
• Data centre energy management and performance solutions software • Complete energy and performance visibility at the server, rack, virtual and business object-level
Beeyon is an international award-winning Irish startup developing innovative data centre energy management and performance solutions. Beeyon’s patented Papillon technology is a software solution that gives complete energy and performance visibility at the server, rack, virtual and business object-level. Building on its technology and expertise, Beeyon is now collaborating with Europe’s leading data research institutes including RISE SICS North at Lulea, Sweden and Ireland’s national data analytics research centre CeADAR to produce the next generation of AI, neural network data centre management tools. Beeyon is based in Dublin with research and development sites in Stockholm and Graz.
Damian Dalton CEO
“ We are delivering the next generation of data centres for our international clients locally. ”
• Architecture • Interior Design • Site Appraisal & Masterplanning • Conservation • Assigned Certifier • PSDP • BIM & Digital Construction • MMC & Sustainability
Our practice is built on delivering design-driven architectural solutions with a commercial edge that ensures we provide value by design. At C+W O’Brien Architects, we consider each project in a phased manner accounting for energy, security, and contextual environmental considerations. Our multidisciplinary team creates a positive working environment, allowing our clients to be co- designers enhancing project delivery. C+W O’Brien Architects have extensive experience in the design of complex data centres. We take into consideration a number of key factors and elements in our data centre design, mission critical and industrial facilities.
Arthur O’Brien Managing Director
“ The ambition of CAI is to support and enable the data centre industry to achieve operational readiness and operational excellence. ”
• Construction & Commissioning Management • QA/QC Services • Mission Critical Facility Commissioning • Existing & New Facility Commissioning • Functional Performance & Integrated Systems Testing • Commissioning Authority • Energy Marshalling • General Contractor Commissioning Support • Low, Medium, And High Voltage Test Witnessing Since CAI was founded in 1996, we have delivered nearly a billion dollars in services for hundreds of clients across thousands of projects globally. With offices in the US, Canada, Ireland, United Kingdom, Italy, Switzerland, Netherlands, India, China, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, and Australia, we have built an international team of over 800 professionals providing local support from a global company. We have delivered services in support of over 2000MW of IT load across multiple sites through EMEA, APAC and the Americas. Our engineering, technical, and consulting services are fashioned to deliver mission critical facilities with a high level of performance and reliability. When operational readiness and day-one performance are critical, CAI delivers to a higher standard.
Niall Killeen Global Director
DESIGN & ENGINEERING, CONSULTANCY & PROJECT MANAGEMENT
“ With ENGIE Impact behind us, we’re a truly global business. I’m excited about the investment and planned growth in our local teams. ”
• MEP Services • Lead Design Consultancy • Building Physics- CFD Analysis • ICT Infrastructure Design • Commissioning Management • Sustainability Solutions
Callaghan|RED is recognised as the foremost data centre designer in EMEA. With dedicated MEP design engineers providing best-in- class services, we have delivered over 1000 data centre projects in over 70 countries. With over 30 years of experience in Ireland alone; Callaghan|RED provides technical expertise to deliver multi-disciplinary lead consultancy and dedicated MEP design solutions. Our building physics, sustainability and R&D teams are industry leading. As part of the ENGIE Impact group, the mission is to help global clients accelerate their sustainable transformation toward a zero carbon future, making sustainability happen today.
Killian O’Neill Director
We design the buildings that connect the world.
BROKERAGE & DEVELOPMENT FACILITY SERVICES, PROJECT MANAGEMENT & CONSULTANCY
“ CBRE unlocks maximum value and performance for your data center portfolio, reducing risk through operational strategies powered by technology and talent. ”
• Consulting • Advisory And Transaction • Project Services • Critical Facility Operations • Technology Operations • Supply Chain Management • Energy Optimization & Management
CBRE is the is the leading provider of lifecycle data center services, managing mission critical space across 700+ sites globally and delivering integrated solutions for data center owners, occupiers, and investors. CBRE’s in-house team of 5,000+ data center experts deploy strategies and processes to meet data center reliability needs today, while staying ahead of tomorrow.
Alana Wilksch Global Strategic Development Manager
FIBRE & NETWORK CONNECTIVITY
“ We manufacture High-Quality Critical Infrastructure needed to enable digital acceleration, providing confidence and reassurance to our clients that their network performance is safe and secure. ”
• Innovation • Digital Engineering
• Research & Development • Manufacturing Excellence • In-Region Operations • High Quality Solutions • PartnerPRO Network • System Warranty • Confidence • Agility • Sustainability
At CommScope we push the boundaries of communications technology to create the world’s most advanced networks. We design, manufacture, install and support the hardware infrastructure and software intelligence that enable our digital society to interact and thrive. With decades of connectivity experience and through our global manufacturing operations, including a Copper and Fibre Plant in Bray, Ireland, our solutions bring the innovation, quality and flexibility that advance broadband, enterprise and wireless networks to power progress and create lasting connections. Across the globe, our people and solutions are redefining connectivity, solving today’s challenges and driving the innovation that will meet the needs of what’s next.
Adrian Hayes Sales Director, UKI
SECURITY SYSTEMS SECURITY & MONITORING
“ Convergint pride themselves on being their Customers Best Service Provider, by providing leading Security Technology solutions to our clients in all corners of the globe. ”
• Access Control • Video Surveillance • Perimeter Protection
• Identity and Asset Mangement • Edge and Modular Solutions • Environmental Monitoring
Convergint is a global systems integrator focused on delivering results for our customers through unparalleled service excellence. At Convergint, our top priority is service in every way — service to customers, colleagues, and community. As an integrator, Convergint works alongside a global network of partners and manufacturers to design, install, and service security, fire alarm, life safety, audio-visual, and building automation solutions for enterprise customers. Our unique and empowered culture, guided by our Values and Beliefs, helps us stay accountable to our mission, and our number one objective: to be our customers’ best service provider.
Adrian Hill General Manager Ireland
“ Our friendly team are market experts across the energy value chain and break down complex issues in an easy-to- understand way. ”
• Corporate power purchase agreements • Onsite generation, microgrid, renewables integration • Asset investment market modelling and business case devel- opment • Current and possible future market design • Generation, retail and network company business models and market entry • Trading, hedging and risk management • Energy policy and regulatory framework • Buy-side and sell-side investment due diligence on assets and businesses involved in the energy sector Cornwall Insight is an energy market research and advisory company, offering services across the value chain. We provide you with latest insights and updates on the market, enabling you to make better decisions faster. Recognised as one of the top management consultancies in the energy, utilities and environmental sector by the Financial Times for three years in a row, Cornwall Insight is known for its independent expertise and is trusted by clients such as large energy end users, energy generation companies, renewables developers, retail energy providers, system operators and regulators.
Niall Durham Senior Consultant
DATA CENTRE OWNER & OPERATOR
“ With a track record of meeting and surpassing the aggressive speed- to-market demands of hyperscale cloud
providers, as well as the expanding IT infrastructure
requirements of the enterprise, CyrusOne provides the flexibility, reliability, security, and connectivity that foster business growth. ”
CyrusOne (NASDAQ: CONE) is a high-growth real estate invest- ment trust (REIT) specializing in highly reliable enterprise-class, carrier-neutral data center properties. The Company provides mission-critical data center facilities that protect and ensure the continued operation of IT infrastructure for approximately 1,000 customers, including more than 200 Fortune 1000 companies. CyrusOne offers a tailored, customer service-focused platform and is committed to full transparency in communication, manage- ment, and service delivery throughout its more than 45 data cen- ters worldwide.
Mark Moloney Director Interconnection
Solutions and Sustainability
POWER DISTRIBUTION, MANAGEMENT & METERING
• Power management solutions
Eaton is a power management company with 2018 sales of $21.6 billion. We provide energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton is dedicated to improving the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services. Eaton has approximately 99,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries.
Karen Gooch MEA Marcomms Manager - Data Centre & Key Accounts
POWER DISTRIBUTION, MANAGEMENT & METERING UTILITIES
“ Being at the forefront of the energy transition is a responsibility that unites everyone at Enel X. Together, we work to create a more sustainable future for us all. ”
• Net-Zero advisory solutions • Demand response and flexibility programmes • Battery energy storage systems • Renewable energy advisory and procurement • Energy spend and emissions reporting
Enel X is Enel Group’s global business line dedicated to advancing the energy transition. We help commercial and industrial scale energy users to reduce carbon emissions, increase profitability, strengthen operational resilience and support a dynamic grid system by providing better ways to source, store, manage and consume energy. A leader in the advanced energy solutions sector, Enel X manages 7.7 GW of demand response capacity and 375 MW of storage capacity worldwide. The Enel Group is listed on all major sustainability indexes and is committed to achieving 100% carbon neutrality by 2040.
Tony Whittle Managing Director UK & IE
DATA CENTRE OWNER & OPERATOR
“ Business is technology. As the world’s digital infrastructure company, we are empowering Ireland’s enterprises to maximise their global potential. ”
• Interconnection Services including Equinix Fabric, Equinix Connect and Equinix Fibre Connect • Equinix Digital Services also include Network Edge and Equinix Metal • Managed Services and our recently launched Equinix Precision Time, Time-as-a-Service • Colocation across Dublin metro and Equinix´s global footprint Equinix is the world’s digital infrastructure company. We interconnect industry-leading organisations in finance, manufacturing, mobility, transportation, government, healthcare and education across a cloud-first world. Globally, Platform Equinix is comprised of 240 data centers across 66 metros and 27 countries on 6 continents, providing data centre and interconnection services to 10,000+ companies including more than 50% of Fortune 500 companies. This unrivalled reach enables our customers to connect to all of the right partners in all the right places. Find out more about our business and our unique culture at https://www.equinix.ie/about
Maurice Mortell Managing Director, Ireland and Sustainability Lead EMEA
DESIGN & ENGINEERING, CONSULTANCY & PROJECT MANAGEMENT
“ With a global footprint of 45 data centres, Ethos are the experts when it comes to excellent data centre design. ”
MEP and A&E Design Consultants
• Mechanical & Electrical Design Consultancy • Design Team Management • Building Physics & Green Ratings • Smart Buildings
Established in 2005, Ethos is one of Europe’s leading experts in Data Centre MEP Design, with data centres across 15 different countries totaling 1,500 MW. With a reputation for delivering industry leading designs, Ethos is awarded with repeat projects from leading global operators. It has a footprint in Europe with a rapport for opening new markets and developing local supply chains. Membership in First Q, a network of 14 European MEP consultancies with 3,500 staff, is an advantage in this. Ethos employs over 140 staff and recently announced its four year growth plan, which continues to expand its presence on the global stage. Over the last 7 years, Ethos is consistently awarded for its industry excellence, including Consultancy of the Year 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2021, Engineering Firm of the Year 2018, 2019, and 2020, Fit Out Consultancy of the Year 2018, 2019, and 2020, and Commercial Project of the Year 2021.
Greg Hayden CEO
“ We continue to focus on delivering the best possible bandwidth solutions for our customers and building networks that are critical to Europe’s future bandwidth needs. ”
• Dark Fibre • Wavelengths
• Ethernet • Internet • Data Centre Connectivity • Cloud Connectivity • euTrade Ultra Low Latency services • Private Connect • OLS
• Multi Service Ports • Metro Connectivity • Long Haul Connectivity
euNetworks is a bandwidth infrastructure company, owning and operating 17 fibre based metropolitan networks connected with a high capacity intercity backbone covering 53 cities in 17 countries across Europe. The company leads the market in data centre connectivity, directly connecting over 470 today. euNetworks is also a leading cloud connectivity provider and offers a targeted portfolio of metropolitan and long haul services including Dark Fibre, Wavelengths, and Ethernet. Wholesale, finance, content, media, mobile, data centre and enterprise customers benefit from euNetworks’ unique inventory of fibre and duct based assets that are tailored to fulfil their high bandwidth needs. For further information visit eunetworks.com.
Hannah Britt Senior Director of Marketing and IR
“ Our multi-disciplinary team at Eversheds Sutherland are fully immersed in the data centre sector, not only understanding the legal issues but also having a deep understanding of the market across multi- jurisdictions. ”
• Site acquisition and development • Partnering arrangements • Leasing agreements, co-location leases and third party agreements • Construction and infrastructure • Tax and structuring • Employment law • Outsourcing and data hosting • Advising on energy; connection and supply arrangements, renewables, improving green connections and planning for growth • Regulatory and compliance issues, in a volatile sector, subject to rapid political changes in direction and strategy • System security and risk management strategy Eversheds Sutherland is a global top 10 law firm that provides multidisciplinary legal advice and solutions to a global client base. The firm has over 70 offices in over 30 jurisdictions worldwide. Its Irish offices (Dublin and Belfast) serve as an important European hub for the firm’s international client base and employ over 300 talented professionals. The firm provides a full range of legal services, including corporate and M&A, dispute resolution and litigation, energy and infrastructure, data protection, insurance and financial service, employment and pensions, intellectual property, real estate and construction, and tax. Eversheds Sutherland holds the internationally recognised ISO 27001 certification for its exemplary data protection and information security in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland for its Dublin and Belfast offices. This ensures the firm follows best practices in protecting its data, improving its cybersecurity posture and business efficiency, while also ensuring that it meets legal and regulatory data protection obligations.
Marie McGinley Head of Intellectual Property, Technology and Data Protection
DESIGN & ENGINEERING COMISSIONING
• Design, Engineering & Delivery of Facilities
Exyte is a global leader in design, engineering and delivery of facilities for high-tech industries. Exyte has operated in Ireland and Northern Ireland since 2000, applying global expertise, technology and engineering excellence to deliver some of the area’s most advanced manufacturing plants, life science and data centre projects.
Tom Griffin Vice President of Data Centres
AIRFLOW DESIGN & SOLUTIONS
“ Our word is our bond, we are always accessible and very easy to deal with. Fuartech prides itself on service, we are go getters, who get the job done. ”
• Hot/Cold Aisle Containment Manufacturers • Manufacturers of Security caging • On time installation • Project Management • Servicing EMEA • Site Survey • 2D/3D CAD modelling • Custom Fabrication • 24 hour on site servicing for mission critical services From early design, again all the way through to installation, and project sign off, our turnkey solutions offers you the comfort factor dealing with the experts in design and the people in the know how. We have our own in house installation teams, and installation arms all throughout EMEA to deliver your project to the highest standards. Our product set is the slickest and the most streamline in the market, that meets your clients specification needs.
Gareth Higgins Director
PROJECT MANAGEMENT & CONSULTANCY
“ GagaMuller Group Unlock the value in every dimension of your projects using deep insights & analytics mixed with global expertise, creating
strategies that drive superior outcomes. ”
• Digital Solutions & Systems Integration • Project Monitoring & Risk Management • Lifecycle Cost Analytics • Design & BIM Management • DFMA & Pre-con Management • Logistic & Asset Management • Schedule & Construction Management • Change & Dispute Management • Custom Software Development • Laser Scanning & Drone Surveys
GagaMuller Group vision is to build an environment that shapes a better, more connected & sustainable future using autonomous & spatial data. This is achieved by connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information. Accurately delivering a fully transparent real time data driven project controls experience throughout your entire project lifecycle. Allowing our clients to Build with Data.
Paddy Ryan CEO
DATA CENTRE OWNER & OPERATOR
“ It’s an exciting time to be part of the Digital Realty family. It’s great to be supporting Ireland’s digital infrastructure and also allowing enterprises to realise their hybrid IT strategies. ”
• Colocation Services to support your hybrid IT Strategy • The only colocation provider in Ireland with direct access to AWS Direct Connect and Azure ExpressRoute • Cloud Connect – enables private connections to all public cloud providers • Cross Connects – a range of connectivity options to minimize networking costs, significantly reduce latency and improve application performance Digital Realty brings companies, data and technologies together by delivering the full spectrum of data centre, colocation and interconnection solutions. PlatformDIGITAL®, the company’s global data centre platform, provides customers with a secure meeting place for their data. A place where businesses power innovation, can go faster and further, invent the unseen, and expand across the globe. Digital Realty’s global data centre footprint gives customers access to the connected data communities that matter to them with 290+ facilities in 50+ metros across 26 countries on six continents. To learn more about Digital Realty, please visit interxion.ie or follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter .
Niamh Dundon Marketing Manager
DESIGN & ENGINEERING CONSTRUCTION
“ Jacobs is pushing the industry boundaries as a solution provider as well as an employer – focused on sustainability, innovation, and diversity across all areas of our business. ”
• End-to-end services including: • Site Analysis and Due Diligence • Master Planning • Architecture • Structural and Civil Engineering • MEP/Fire/Life Safety Engineering
• Telecommunications and Security Design • Water and Environmental Engineering • Sustainability and Renewable Energy Services • Project and Construction Management • Commissioning
At Jacobs, we’re challenging today to reinvent tomorrow by solving the world’s most critical problems for thriving cities, resilient environments, mission-critical outcomes, operational advancement, scientific discovery and cutting-edge manufacturing, turning abstract ideas into realities that transform the world for good. With $14 billion in revenue and a talent force of more than 55,000, Jacobs provides a full spectrum of professional services including consulting, technical, scientific and project delivery for the government and private sector.
Michael Donegan Director of Business Development – EMEA
“ In a world where connectivity is the difference between
success and failure, we won’t rest until you have the infrastructure you can completely rely on. ”
• ICT network cabling infrastructure systems • LAN, WAN, Wireless & network security solutions • Smart Building systems integration (MSI) • Integrated network component supplies
Kedington, now called ONNEC, is part of the ONNEC group of companies, providing global infrastructure and connectivity services for the public and private sector. In business for 30+ years, we are a leading Network Connectivity and Solutions company, with highly experienced designers, project managers and installers. We have successfully deployed state-of-the-art fibre solutions in some of the world’s biggest Data Centres. For others, we are the Master Systems Integrator / specialist contractor for integrating all the intelligent systems within their connected spaces, to deliver enhanced user-environments and drive efficiencies.
Matt Porter Managing Director
DATA CENTRE OWNER & OPERATOR
“ At Keppel we pride ourselves on being a trusted global company building a sustainable future. ”
• Colocation Services • Build to Suit • Connectivity Services including Cloud Connect
• Asset Management • Renewable Energy • ICT Managed Services • Sub Sea Cable
Keppel provide solutions for sustainable urbanisation, focusing on four key areas comprising energy & environment, urban development, connectivity, and asset management. With sustainability at the core of our strategy, we harness the strengths and expertise of our business units to develop, operate and maintain real assets, which provide diverse solutions that are good for the planet, for people and for the Company.
Gary Watson Country Manager
CONSTRUCTION, ELECTRICAL & MECHANICAL INSTALLATION
“ Kirby is a values driven business. Our five core values; people, safety, quality, delivery and value, are at the centre of everything that we do and form the basis of our culture. ”
• Electrical and Instrumentation Services • Mechanical, Pipework and HVAC Services • HV/ MV Services • Off-Site Manufacturing
Founded in 1964, Kirby is a leading mechanical and electrical engineering contractor with operations in Ireland, the UK and Mainland Europe. Kirby provides full mechanical and electrical engineering contracting services as well as specialist high voltage (HV) and medium voltage (MV) design and construction services to clients across a number of different sectors including Data Centres, Life Sciences, Industrial Manufacturing, Energy and Commercial.
Aidan Kerins Group Business Development Director
EMERGENCY POWER MANAGEMENT, UPS SYSTEMS & BATTERIES
“ With Kohler’s many strands of Emergency Power Backup Systems e.g. generators, UPSs, power conditioning & monitoring equipment, gas and bio-fuel engines, Low Voltage switchgear solutions – remember: ‘With the Beige and Black, we’ve got your back’. ”
• Power systems- from planning the design and choice of equipment to final testing and commissioning
Kohler Power is a global force in power solutions since 1920. Kohler is committed to reliable, intelligent products, advanced engineering, and responsive after-sale support. As the largest privately-owned manufacturer in the world, we have 100 years of experience in industrial power and benefit from global R&D, manufacturing, sales, and distribution integration. Inspired by our clients, we develop dedicated solutions for data centers worldwide. From planning the design and choice of equipment to final testing and commissioning, Kohler offers reliable power systems, precisely designed to customer specifications, great flexibility in manufacturing, extreme rigor during testing, and meticulous precautions during commissioning.
Pat Cregan Director
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