Microsoft have announced that Ireland has been selected as the location for its new European data centre.
The data centre, which will be located in Grange Castle Business Park in Dublin, will cover over 51,000sq metres and will deliver Windows Live services and store data for the company’s online services businesses such as MSN and Windows Live.
The new facility is the latest development in Microsoft’s 'software plus' services strategy and as such will provide support to Microsoft’s growing online services business throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Microsoft plans to invest $500m (€344m) in the construction phase of the data centre with an additional substantial investment planned to kit out the centre with the latest available server technology.
It is expected that the construction phase of the data centre will be complete in Summer 2009.
Described as the place “where the internet lives,” Microsoft corporate vice president for Global Foundation Services Debra Chrapaty said that the data centre will house tens of thousands of servers providing information and web-based applications to internet users worldwide.
With the growth of audio and video applications, social Web sites, mobile devices and other Internet demands, data centres are becoming increasingly important as companies strive to increase online computing support centres to provide users with enhanced Web services.
Taoiseach Bertie Ahern said: “I very much welcome Microsoft’s decision to locate this important facility in Ireland. It is a further example of Ireland being to the forefront when it comes to the cutting edge of technology.
"I also see it as a further indicator of Ireland's standing internationally as a global knowledge based economy. The Irish Government recognises the importance of being a competitive innovation-driven knowledge economy.
"We will continue to focus on this as an objective to deliver real and practical benefits for this country and those who live here.”
Joe Macri, Managing Director at Microsoft Ireland said: “We are excited about our expansion in Ireland and about the fact that Ireland will now play a significant role in the delivery of online services to customers across EMEA and beyond.
"The move to software + services is changing the way software is delivered and used and our global data centre strategy is central to facilitating that change. The fact that Ireland has been selected as the location for this strategic infrastructure is a very strong endorsement of the success of our operations here over the past 22 years.”
“This is the first ‘mega data centre’ deployment outside the US specifically targeted for the growth and performance of Windows Live services,” said John Mangelaars, Vice President, Microsoft Online Services Group, Europe, Middle East and Africa.
“Our continued investment in data centre infrastructure should allow for Windows Live performance improvements across EMEA over the coming months”.
Construction of the centre will begin later this month and it is projected to be completed in Summer 2009.
It is planned that the new data centre will be an example of energy efficiency design and construction in practice. Microsoft is deploying the latest construction and design techniques to build a sustainable facility and to create a data centre that is industry leading in terms of energy efficiency for this type of application.