Multi-million euro investment announced for BT's Dublin data centre

28th March, 2012

Multi-million euro investment announced for BT's Dublin data centre

BT, one of the world's leading communications and IT services companies, today announced a multi-million euro investment in the expansion of its Dublin-based data centre.* The investment by BT will meet the growing demand by organisations in Ireland for traditional data centre services such as co-location as well as fully managed physical, virtualised and cloud based services.

5,500 square feet of technical space and one megawatt of power will be added to the existing data centre capability, resulting in an additional 300 racks. The ability to provide dense power in an efficient manner is the bedrock of emerging technologies such as cloud services, for which Ireland is becoming a leader.

BT's centre in CityWest is the only carrier-neutral data centre in Ireland that has its own global network, connected to 45 BT data centres around the world. Uniquely amongst Service Providers this facility holds ISO 20000 accreditation for IT service management, ensuring best practice service provision and ongoing service improvement as cornerstones of all data centre solutions.

Shay Walsh, Managing Director, Business, BT Ireland said;

BT's continued investment in this key centre provides Irish industry and the public sector with a local platform from a trusted networked IT services supplier for the provision of future new high-tech infrastructure services to Ireland and beyond.

Walsh added;

We believe that the scope and scale of our data centre services places BT's Dublin facility as one of the main transactional hubs in Ireland. From financial transactions, online auctions, booking engines, internal corporate and public sector systems and gaming — a vast range of our customers’ activities are hosted, connected and protected by BT's data centre, making it by every metric one of the most successful commercial data centres in Ireland.

The facility provides the infrastructure organisations need to access or provide cloud computing services, application modernisation and data centre transformation and optimisation, enabling customers to devote more resources to innovation and increase productivity. BT encompasses all of these elements into an integrated capability portfolio known as BT Compute. The company's clients span a range of sectors such as retail, manufacturing, finance, tourism, technology and mobile network operators.

BT also has a data centre in Belfast, making it the only company with all-island capabilities for its clients.

BT Ireland employs close to 3,000 people on the island of Ireland, including more than 500 IT specialists in its networked IT services team of which the data centre forms an integral part. BT Ireland has offices across the island, including Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford. The company continues to significantly invest in its network and IT infrastructure in Ireland, and provides a full range of communications and IT services to the SME, corporate, multi-national and government sectors.

*BT first established its data centre in Dublin in 2000, and subsequently bought out Telecity Redbus from their data centre in Citywest in 2004.