Last Friday, Google officially opened its new data center in Ireland, a €75 million facility ($97 million) in Dublin’s Profile Park.
Google didn’t outright state the data center’s size, but indicated that it will employ 30 staffers to run the facility. Google now employs 2,500 people as a part of Google Ireland, up from 2,000 a year ago.
In keeping with Ireland’s signature color, the new facility will be somewhat green. The data center uses what Google called an advanced air-cooling system to keep its computers running smoothly, taking advantage of Ireland’s naturally cool climate. The air-cooling system has eliminated the need for “chillers” to artificially cool Google’s racks of servers—which, if tradition holds, will use a modular assembly and Google’s own design.
“Google is one of the largest multinational employers in Ireland and we’re delighted that they continue to broaden the range of operations they locate in Ireland,” Barry O’Leary, CEO of IDA Ireland, said in a statement. (IDA Ireland is responsible for attracting overseas investment.) “Their new facility is another endorsement of Ireland’s credentials as a location for major data centres. Our favourable weather conditions and extensive technological infrastructure—including communications links like the new East-West interconnector with the UK—will ensure that data centre operators continue to locate here in coming years.”
Google’s other European data centers include Ghislain, Belgium, and Hamina, Finland. The Dublin facility has not yet been added to Google’s worldwide list of data centers, which—once that Dublin facility is added—will total thirteen in all. Google recently built its first Latin American data center in Quilicura near Santiago, Chile.
In 2007, Google announced its commitment toward making the entire company carbon neutral via a reduction of energy consumption by maximizing efficiency; investing in and using renewable energy sources; and purchasing carbon offsets for the emissions that the company can’t reduce directly.
“We build our data centers to exacting standards: they must be able to deliver the lightning fast, highly secure services our users expect,” Dan Costello, Google’s global data center operations director, wrote in a statement. “But as a company committed to carbon neutrality, we also make sure that our data centres are extremely efficient in their use of electricity—we use around 50 [percent] less energy than a typical data centre. The new Dublin data centre, with its highly efficient air-cooling system, continues this trend.”
Google is still looking to fill some positions at the new data center, as indicated by its listing for a facilities manager.
Google isn’t the only data-center player in Dublin. In February, Microsoft announced plans to invest an additional US$130 million to expand its facility in the city, on top of the $500 million already devoted to the site. Twitter also reportedly plans to operate a data center there, according to Computer Weekly.
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