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Boost for Hollyhill with expansion

Wednesday, 10th October, 2018 5:09pm

The owners of an extended data centre, opening today on the northside of the city, say it will be a catalyst to Cork’s transition to 5G.

Located at Cork Internet eXchange (CIX) in Hollyhill, the company has said that the expansion will ensure that the Munster region continues to be highly attractive as a location for investment by global organisations, particularly with Brexit on the way.

As the Irish market prepares for 5G, CIX has said that it will be a real catalyst for adoption in the region.

As part of the expansion opening today, 11 October, CIX will announce that it plans to have the data centre powered entirely by renewable energy by 2020. The company has signed a Power Purchase Agreement with Organic Power International, which will operate a windfarm in Dunmanway that has received a grid connection and will be operational by March 2019.

The official opening of the data centre extension at CIX is taking place as part of the CIX Open Day with security briefings and presentations by Juniper, Eaton, Vodafone, Edpac and Organic Power International. The new data centre will be officially opened by it@cork Chair, Caroline O’Driscoll.

CIX Chief Executive Jerry Sweeney said: “We have invested and innovated to provide the best connectivity combined with the highest standards of service for our clients. Today sees the expansion of our physical data centre as well as a massive increase in our connectivity capacity, which will provide some of the fastest connectivity in Ireland.”

CIX is also expanding into international markets, as it invests in operations in Canada and India. The company will increase headcount at the Cork site by eight employees in the next three years, as well as opening an office in Toronto, Canada and expanding their current presence in Hyderbad, India by five more employees.

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