UNLOCKING THE POTENTIAL

This Irish government has developed a comprehensive strategic approach to develop the sector in recognition of Ireland’s potential to become a world leader in Cloud Computing. This focus has already attracted world leaders, such as EMC, Citrix and Dropbox.

Skill Levels

This rapidly developing sector is not only benefiting from Ireland’s highly skilled ICT workforce, but also from the newly developed Cloud Computing masters degrees being offered in several universities and third-level institutions throughout Ireland. These courses have been created in association with industry partners, including EMC, HP and IBM.

Education

Ireland’s incredibly strong ICT sector is underpinned by its young, English-speaking, highly educated, tech savvy and flexible workforce. Remarkably, 45% of Irish people aged between 23 and 34 have completed third-level education with a high proportion specialising in IT.

Cloud R&D

The Irish Centre for Cloud Computing and Commerce (IC4) is focused on developing an internationally recognised industry-led centre of excellence for innovation and applied research. An industry panel, including Intel, IBM and Microsoft, guides its activities. Cloud R&D centres have also been developed by US technology companies, including Dell, HP, IBM and EMC.

Why Ireland for cloud computing?

  • Supportive Infrastructure

    offers a choice of data centres, Tier 1 carriers plus redundancy/security of service
  • Competitive costs

    due to a cool climate and globally competitive data centre operational and cooling costs
  • Data/IP Protection

    Ireland’s legislative framework is one of the most advanced in Europe and is highly protective of company data/IP

KEY COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGES

Ireland has been progressively developing a strong ecosystem based around a cluster of major ICT brands. This base has provided the platform for Ireland to utilise its key attributes to rapidly develop global potential in the Cloud sector.

Infrastructure

Dublin boasts one of the densest clusters of data centres in Europe. The area surrounding Ireland’s capital city already has as many as 30 large-scale data centre operations, including global operations run by Google, Microsoft and Amazon.

Legislation

Ireland’s leading position in data protection is becoming a key factor in attracting companies looking for a secure, compliant environment with a cutting-edge, best-practice approach to data. Data Protection legislation in Ireland is one of the most advanced in Europe and highly protective of company data.

Connectivity

Access to Tier 1 high-speed, low-latency networks to the US, UK and EU has been pivotal to Ireland’s Cloud success story.

Low Cost Environment

Ireland offers a ‘free air-cooling’ climate that dramatically reduces the cost of hosting data, thus potentially saving companies millions in energy costs each year.

CONTACT the IDA Ireland Cloud Computing team

  • Leo Clancy

    Cloud Computing