The Data Centre and Critical Infrastructure Expo
21st March 2023 | Sport Ireland Campus, Blanchardstown

The Data Centre and Critical Infrastructure Expo will be held on the 21st of March at Sport Ireland Campus, Blanchardstown.

Investment in the construction of data centres in Ireland will reach more than €9 billion by 2021 with annual investment expected to exceed €1 billion over the next four years.

Host in Ireland stated the €1.1 billion invested in 2018 would bring total cumulative investment to €5.7 billion by the end of the year.

Long-term sustainability of the industry depends on a number of factors including the availability of energy options.

There are 46 data centres in Ireland, with the largest cluster southwest of Dublin, where Amazon and Microsoft among others have set up their facilities. Data centres accounted for an estimated 5.5 per cent of the State’s power requirements at 1.56 TWh in 2017, assuming a power utilisation factor of 42.5 per cent across the industry. Their full capacity in the first quarter of 2018 was 480 MW, with that figure set to grow to over 1200 MW by 2024.

The country’s infrastructure, climate, skill base and business environment has made it one of the principal data centre hubs for many of the world’s technology giants, including Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Dell EMC, Yahoo, IBM, HP, Facebook, Equinix and Digital Realty. Today, it continues to attract international data centre operators and colocation leaders.

This event will bring together all of the key stakeholders responsible for delivering growth in the provision of sustainable, secure and efficient data centres in Ireland.

Data Center Infrastructure management (DCIM) is the convergence of IT and building facilities functions within an organization. The goal of a DCIM initiative is to provide administrators with a holistic view of a data center’s performance so that energy, equipment and floor space are used as efficiently as possible. The relationship between colocation, cloud and enterprise, sometimes competitive, sometimes collaborative within the data infrastructure portfolio, is complex and based on the deployment of technology. The increasing pace of technological change creates a need for environments where upgrade can be executed quickly.

In order to operate to a viable business model, the hyperscale facility has changed the design, construction and fit-out practices that existed during the ‘legacy’ era.

Ireland is one of the most attractive business locations in the world according to the Business Environment Ranking of the Economist Intelligence Unit and Forbes. Several top global software and technology firms are strategically based in Ireland.

As with any design and construction project, the process of designing and building a data centre needs to conform to local legislative requirements in terms of land use and planning permits, utility access and provisioning, environmental considerations, building codes as well as health, safety and labour requirements.

Why Themes:

– Consulting (including site selection)
– Design & Build
– Mechanical & Electrical Services and Equipment
– Construction
– Architects/Building Engineers
– Integration/Fit-Out
– Data Centre Change Programmes
– Service & Maintenance/Property Management Security
– Energy Solutions
– Data Centre Digital Construction & Facility Management Information
– Data Centre Operation