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Microsoft to Expand its Dublin Data Center

February 24, 2012 by  

Web Hosting ServicesDublin – Microsoft today announced that it is investing an additional US$130 million to expand its data center located in Dublin, Ireland. The expansion is driven by increased demand for Microsoft’s cloud services. This investment builds on the original $500m investment Microsoft made in the Dublin data center, which has been operational since July 2009, serving customers across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

During a visit to Dublin, Peter Klein, Chief Financial Officer, Microsoft Corporation said “This investment shows where we are placing our bets for the future. As customers embrace Microsoft cloud services such as Office 365, Windows Live, Xbox Live, Bing and the Windows Azure platform, we are investing in regional cloud infrastructure to meet their needs.”


“We are seeing increasing numbers of European businesses and consumers adopting Microsoft’s cloud services, and we are continuing to build new infrastructure and services in order to meet current and future demands. From small businesses to large enterprises and governments, we are experiencing increased momentum where organizations are starting to really embrace the full potential of cloud computing to help them transform their business,” says Stephen McGibbon, chief technology officer, Microsoft EMEA.

The Irish Prime Minister (Taoiseach), Mr. Enda Kenny said: “We welcome this significant announcement from Microsoft as Ireland continues to regain its international reputation for investment and business. Now central to our Action Plan on Jobs we are delighted that our strategy to become the country of choice for data centers is coming to fruition. We very much recognise the role that cloud computing can play in transforming our public sector as well as being a catalyst for economic growth.” Recent figures by the center for Economics and Business Research show that cloud could contribute €763 billion to the European economy over the next five years.

Microsoft’s commitment to foster the potential of cloud computing for organisations in the public and private sector in Europe extends far beyond the investment in data centers and related services. The company has recently invested €5.3 million in an European Cloud & Interoperability center in Brussels, designed to drive innovation and economic growth across Europe. For more information on Cloud investments and customers in the cloud in Europe, please visit www.microsoft.eu.

This expansion will add a 112,000 square feet Generation 4 facility and will lead to approximately 400 construction jobs over the next 12 months. Once complete, Microsoft will employ approximately 50-70 people to manage the needs of both the existing and expanded facility, according to Christian Belady, GM of Data center Services, Microsoft. In addition, he points out the environmental strengths in Microsoft’s approach to data centers, “Microsoft has turned up the dial on efficiency in power optimisation of the entire infrastructure of our data centers, enabling us to reduce our carbon footprint and minimise waste.”

About the Data center:
The expansion of the data center will help Microsoft meet growing customer demand for its cloud services, and provide a scalable and cost effective cloud infrastructure for future cloud growth. This technologically advanced facility significantly reduces water, power and energy use (compared with traditional data center facilities) and at the same time enables a more efficient and higher utilisation of computing capacity and productivity.

About Microsoft
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realise their full potential.

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