INDUSTRY NEWS: posted 16 October 2018

Now in its seventh year, DataCentres Ireland has become a well-established two-day conference & exhibition.  It is being held at the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) on Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 on Tuesday 20th & Wednesday 21st November 2018.

This year, for the first time, DATACENTRE.ME (DCME) is pleased to support this event in the form of an official media partnership.  Caroline Hitchins, Owner & Founder of DCME, commented, “Having heard many positive comments about this event over the last few years, I am delighted to have the opportunity of supporting this event this year.  It will be my very first time in Ireland so it’s doubly exciting for me!”

The event is completely free to attend and will bring together an international exhibition showcasing the latest technologies, products, services and solutions, together with a world class multi-streamed conference to deliver the largest gathering of data centre professionals and most complete event for the Irish market.

The DataCentres Ireland Conference features over 58 Speakers, Chairs and Panellists across the two days. The ‘Strategy Stream’ will address the issues driving the market locally and internationally as well the opportunities available in the island of Ireland.

The ‘Operational Stream’ will showcase the latest ideas, best practice, Technology and approaches that can ensure legality, improve efficiency, reduce energy consumption, whilst increasing resilience, safety and security.

Hugh Robinson, Event Director commented “DataCentres Ireland is more relevant than ever with multiple new building projects announced around the country.  Cumulative investment in Irish datacentres is projected to reach €5.7 billion by the end of this year and is predicted to continue to grow considerably over the next 5 years.

Managing Director of Ardmac Roy Millar said “Ireland’s cool climate, low corporation tax and use of key fibre connections makes it attractive as a location. It also harbours an excellent construction sector and well educated workforce, providing the capability for clients to locate and operate successfully. Overall, the data centre sector sees continued growth and provides new opportunities.”

There will be Keynote addresses on both days of the event.  On Day One (Tuesday 20th November) Facebook’s Niall McEntegart, DataCentre Site Operations Director EMEA, will look to the Future Demands on datacentres and how this may impact the design and operation of future data centres.

On Day Two (Wednesday 21st November) Minister Pat Breen TD, Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation will expand upon the Irish Government’s recently launched Strategy Document on “DataCentre Development within Ireland” as well as give his thoughts on GDPR and Brexit as Minister for the ‘EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection.’

Other highlights include sessions on Day One linked to Energy & Sustainable Energy Distribution throughout the country, with presentations from Rosemary Steen, External Affairs Director of Eirgrid Group, Anthony Rourke, Director of Government and Infrastructure Advisory at EY and David Connolly from the Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA) whose stated view is that “There is more than enough wind energy to power the growing demand of electricity due to more data centres, but we need to get the data centres and wind energy connected to the grid faster.”

On Day Two, in addition ot the Keynote from Minister Breen, there will be a number of sessions linked to the Planning process for Data Centres as well as regional opportunities available within the island of Ireland.

“I am pleased to announce that Conall Boland, Deputy Chairperson of An Bord Pleanála  (Irish Planning Authority has agreed to present at DataCentres Ireland” says Robinson “This is the first time An Bord Pleanála has addressed any datacentre related event in the country”

This will be followed by a number of short presentations and facilitated discussion from a number of County Councils (Meath, Mayo, Cork, Limerick as well as from Invest Northern Ireland) on their regional opportunities for investment and what their region has to offer.

Featuring over 85 Exhibitors, this event is a must for all involved in and responsible for their organisation’s IT and mission critical infrastructure, whether that be a data centre, server or comms room - irrelevant of size.  Visitors to the DataCentres Ireland Exhibition will be able to see many of the industry’s latest technologies to include Stand-By Generators, Racking, UPS, Cabling, Temperature Monitoring & Control, Security Systems (Physical or Cyber), Fire Protection, Building Modelling and much more.  Please click here for a full exhibitor list.

About DataCentres Ireland:

DataCentres Ireland was founded in 2012 by Stepex Ltd, a communications, publishing and exhibition company based in the UK. Supported by BICSI Ireland, Host in Ireland, the DCA (the Data Centre Trade Association), IDA Ireland, techUK, the Green Grid and iMasons, DataCentres Ireland is the largest exhibition of its kind taking place in Ireland.

To view the programme and to register free of charge, please visit  

Should you have any specific queries including last-minute exhibition opportunities, please contact Liz Grimes-Graeme, Event Manager, StepEx Ltd on +44 (0) 1892 518877 /


Offering a whole host of global data centre news, data centre services, information & a FREE industry directory, DATACENTRE.ME is the definitive information source for everyone who's anyone in the world of Data Centres today.

Within our online data centre directory, you will find companies offering products & services within the data centre sector such as cloud services, web hosting, virtualisation, data centre infrastructure, data centre design, cabling, consultancy, communications, legal, banking, etc.

You will also find a range of other informative pages through the site, such as our data centre events page, our data centre training courses section and our data centre blog, which will provide you with regular news and information from across the industry.

As part of DATACENTRE.ME's continued growth we launched a series of quarterly networking events for the industry in September 2013. These are end user events and are being quoted as "exceptional", "arguably the best attended for a good few years" and “The MUST ATTEND event going forward!”

For further details or to arrange a meeting at DataCentres Ireland, please contact Caroline Hitchins on +44 (0) 7544 121900 / or visit /

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