Apple announced this week that they are to invest €850 million developing a new data centre in Co. Galway to help run its online services like iTunes and Maps. The facility will be built near Athenry, will be entirely powered by renewable energy and will create 100 new jobs for the West. This centre, along with a similar one in Denmark, represent Apple’s biggest ever investment in Europe. The company, which already employs over 3,000 people here, said they will power Apple’s online services, including the iTunes Store, App Store, iMessage, Maps and Siri for customers across Europe. Apple joins rivals Google and Facebook in building data centres in northern Europe, where the temperate climate helps save on equipment cooling costs. The project lets Apple address European requests for data to be stored closer to local users and authorities, while also allowing it to benefit from a chilly climate that helps save on equipment-cooling costs!
Apple’s latest investment here, which is backed by the IDA, represents a significant vote of confidence in the Irish economy. IDA Ireland and Coillte worked for several months to come up with a suitable site to secure Apple’s investment. The Galway site will be will be located on land owned by Coillte at Derrydonnell.
IDA chief executive Martin Shanahan said: “This is an important strategic investment by Apple in a regional location, with significant local economic benefits. “Ireland has for several years successfully attracted data centre investments from major corporates, but this latest investment enhances Ireland’s track record in this area further,” he said.
American Chamber chief executive Mark Redmond said the investment is a “tremendous vote of confidence in Ireland” as a location for investment, and further establishes the country’s reputation as the data capital for Europe. “It is particularly welcome that this is a truly green investment as Apple will run this new facility entirely with renewable energy,” he added.
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