Data Centre Industry Update – 13th October 2021 – AA Euro Group Ltd.

Data Centre Industry Update – 13th October 2021


Data Centre Industry Update – 13th October 2021

Globally, we are seeing a huge increase in the level of data centre activity. This surge is largely brought about by remote working and other measures as a result of COVID-19. This is a turning point for work-management structures and the industry as a whole.

This seismic growth in online activity has created jobs in tech, engineering, construction, and more as a result. Our previous update discussed the heat from data facilities being used to heat homes in Tallaght, Co. Dublin, the high court challenge brought against Apple’s planning permission for their prospective Athenry based data centre, and Donegal based firm E&I engineering has been acquired by US infrastructure company Vertiv for €1.69 billion.

Here are this edition’s updates:

  • If all the Irish data centres were to be connected, they would use 70% of Ireland’s electricity grid capacity by 2030 according to a leading academic in this area, Dr Patrick Bresnihan.
  • Irish political party, The Social Democrats have called for a moratorium on new data centres in Ireland, in order to assess what impact they are having on the national grid.
  • Green Party leader, Eamon Ryan has highlighted how the Irish electricity supply will be tight for the next 3-4 years with no special rules to be made for enormous energy-consuming data centres.
  • Network and application performance management company Data Edge has appointed Paul Phelan as its new chief executive with company plans to triple the size of its workforce over the next 3 years.
  • Data centres in the US and Europe are facing soaring energy costs and will have to compete against residential customers and other industries who are also facing high energy bills and blackouts

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