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Data centre announces ambitious €6m expansion plan

Monday, 17th July, 2017 10:13am


A commercial data centre in Hollyhill has plans to double its size and is to invest €6 million initially, with an expected follow-on investment of a further €6million in IT infrastructure.

Cloud CIX is the largest commercial data centre outside Dublin and the new plans will expand its capabilities by 500 per cent. The move should make Cork and Munster an even more attractive proposition to investors.

The development will be completed in April 2018 and will almost double the footprint of the site to 32,000 square feet. This €6million investment is the second major expansion since Cloud CIX was established in 2008, and follows the opening of a second data hall in 2014.

The extension allows CIX to extend capability from 500kW to 3 MW, making it a significant facility by international standards.

Cloud CIX is the EU data centre with the lowest latency (the transit time for a message to reach its destination) to North America and is the Irish data centre with the lowest latency to London. This will provide Cork and the Munster region with a competitive advantage for many sectors including financial services.

CEO and owner, Jerry Sweeney, said: “I really believe Cork has the potential to be a major connectivity centre similar to Marseilles. With 12 major subsea cables, Marseilles connects Europe to Africa across the Mediterranean and via the Suez Canal to the Far East. Cork should focus on becoming a switching centre with connections to North and South America, mainland Europe, and the Far East via the Arctic.

“With Cork's existing renewables focused power infrastructure and ever improving subsea connectivity, Cork will attract more data centre business. Cloud CIX continues to lead the way on this path for the region,” he said.

“Cyber security and cloud services are the challenges today. At Cloud CIX we anticipate the demands of the marketplace and we continue to invest and deliver capability to match these demands,” Jerry added.

With ISO27001:2013 and ISO 9001:20015 registration, Cloud CIX boasts more than 150 small and large clients including Dell EMC, Masterlink Logistics, Bon Secours Hospital Group, Populo, Viatel, and the PM Group.

Jerry Sweeney has also adopted a policy of shopping local and has worked with Cork-based companies and suppliers wherever possible in the expansion process.

CEO of Cork Chamber of Commerce, Conor Healy said: “We warmly welcome this announcement as we see the enhanced and expanded facility as being a huge asset to the region. Superb online connectivity is an essential ingredient for all businesses today and Cloud CIX have played a significant role in delivering this to the region. The enhanced offering will make the region even more attractive and we will use this as a key selling point when marketing the region to businesses who looking to open new locations.”

For more information about Cloud CIX visit www.cix.ie.

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