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article imageGoogle opening new data centre in Dublin

By Milo Noblet     Sep 30, 2011 in Technology
Internet giant Google has invested in a new data centre in Dublin, Ireland to help it meet the massive demand for storage from cloud computing servivces
Google has invested €75million (around £65m, $100) in an eleven acre data centre in Dublin, Ireland, this comes just two weeks after Google opened a €200m data centre in Hamina, Finland. According to Google, Finland and Ireland were chosen as the locations of the new data centres due to the relatively cool climate, which saves Google money by providing the data centres with free cooling instead of having to use expensive air-conditioning.
It is thought that the data centre will create 200 short-term jobs for construction workers etcetera, and thirty long-term jobs for data centre staff, Google also added that its data centres use half the energy that other data centres use. The internet giant already has a data centre in Dublin and stated that the new data centre was to cope with the increasing demand for storage by cloud computing services.
Google's investment is helping Ireland to further improve its reputation as a "green silicon state"; many internet-based companies such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Zynga and Twitter have chosen to locate their international headquarters in Ireland, mainly due to the very low corporation tax. The Irish jobs minister also said that the cloud computing industry was offering Ireland a massive opportunity for economic growth.
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