Ireland is rapidly becoming a dominant force in Cloud Computing, building on its international reputation as a leader in ICT. Many key players have already been attracted to Ireland while a wide spectrum of technology companies with Irish operations are actively expanding into and researching the Cloud.
This Irish government has developed a comprehensive strategic approach to develop the sector in recognition of Ireland’s potential to become a world leader in Cloud Computing. This focus has already attracted world leaders, such as EMC, Citrix and Dropbox.
This rapidly developing sector is not only benefiting from Ireland’s highly skilled ICT workforce, but also from the newly developed Cloud Computing masters degrees being offered in several universities and third-level institutions throughout Ireland. These courses have been created in association with industry partners, including EMC, HP and IBM.
Ireland’s incredibly strong ICT sector is underpinned by its young, English-speaking, highly educated, tech savvy and flexible workforce. Remarkably, 45% of Irish people aged between 23 and 34 have completed third-level education with a high proportion specialising in IT.
The Irish Centre for Cloud Computing and Commerce (IC4) is focused on developing an internationally recognised industry-led centre of excellence for innovation and applied research. An industry panel, including Intel, IBM and Microsoft, guides its activities. Cloud R&D centres have also been developed by US technology companies, including Dell, HP, IBM and EMC.
Ireland has been progressively developing a strong ecosystem based around a cluster of major ICT brands. This base has provided the platform for Ireland to utilise its key attributes to rapidly develop global potential in the Cloud sector.
Dublin boasts one of the densest clusters of data centres in Europe. The area surrounding Ireland’s capital city already has as many as 30 large-scale data centre operations, including global operations run by Google, Microsoft and Amazon.
Ireland’s leading position in data protection is becoming a key factor in attracting companies looking for a secure, compliant environment with a cutting-edge, best-practice approach to data. Data Protection legislation in Ireland is one of the most advanced in Europe and highly protective of company data.
Access to Tier 1 high-speed, low-latency networks to the US, UK and EU has been pivotal to Ireland’s Cloud success story.
Ireland offers a ‘free air-cooling’ climate that dramatically reduces the cost of hosting data, thus potentially saving companies millions in energy costs each year.
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