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How 60 Years of Innovation Turned Ireland Into Overnight Success for Digital Hosting Industry

In the first edition of a series of guest blogs, IC4 welcomes Garry Connolly. Garry currently serves as President and Founder of Host in Ireland, where he oversees the direction and promotion of the industry-led and sponsored initiatives to further promote Ireland as an optimum location to host digital assets. In this contributed blog post, he discusses the factors that led to Ireland becoming a global leader in hosting of digital assets. 

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Over the course of the last six decades, the IT landscape has grown and evolved into the always-on, digital world we know today. Data has been processed and delivered over a number of mediums, including mainframes, mini-computers, PCs, Local Area Networks (LANs) and now the cloud in a phenomenon known as the “Five Waves of IT.” Continuing this legacy of innovation, we are approaching the Sixth Wave – the Internet of Everything (IoE). 

Closely related to the Internet of Things (IoT), IoE extends that connectivity beyond merely connected devices and consumer products, bringing together people, processes and data to create richer experiences and economic opportunities in a state of seamless and ubiquitous interconnectedness. In fact, economic analysis by Cisco projects that IoE will be a $19 trillion USD global opportunity over the next decade. Companies across the globe are seeking new ways to adapt to this shift, and Ireland is prepared to help them face this Sixth Wave head-on.

Why Ireland?

Hyperscale organisations and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) alike are establishing substance in Ireland to host their digital assets, and it’s easy to see why. When it comes to site selection for “Data at Rest,” there are five key considerations to explore, known as the 5 Ps: Policy, People, Pedigree, Pipes and Power. Leveraging benefits in each of these key areas, Ireland boasts an optimal hosting landscape for companies of any size across a multitude of sectors. Let’s take a closer look:

Policy - With a pro-business structure, political and economic stability, and low corporate tax rates, Ireland delivers an exceptional political climate for digital assets hosting in Europe, along with our Common Law legal framework.

People - Post-Brexit, Ireland offers the only native English speaking, young, talented and multicultural workforce well-versed in technology. In fact, Ireland was ranked third by the International Institute’s Management Development (IMD) World Competitive Yearbook for skilled labor, and first for flexibility and adaptability.

Pedigree - Home to an impressive pedigree of web-scale organisations, including Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Apple, Ireland also serves as a primary hub for nine out of 10 worldwide Information and Communications Technology (ICT) corporations, nine out of 10 top pharmaceutical corporations, three out of six top gaming companies, top 10 “born on the internet” companies, more than 50 percent of the world’s leading financial services firms and 12 out of 15 global medical device companies.

Pipes - Companies can now meet transatlantic capacity requirements with new submarine cable deployments linking the U.S. and Ireland from the likes of Aqua Comms, Hibernia Networks, and Zayo Group.

Power - Ireland offers affordable power with a major focus on renewable energy. To that end, Ireland has committed to securing 40 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020 in order to meet the country’s explosive energy demand driven by large data centre deployment.

As we continue toward a new era of IT and IoE, Ireland is poised to enable consistent growth with a secure, reliable, affordable and effective digital assets hosting ecosystem. 

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