Vantage Data Centers Expands EMEA Portfolio in Dublin

Vantage Data Centers' new 52MW Dublin campus will help to meet customer demand, fuel Ireland's digital future and power sustainable data centre progress

Vantage Data Centers has announced its arrival in the Irish market, with a €1bn (US$1,072.bn) investment for the development of a multi-phase data centre campus, to create one of the largest data centre markets in the European continent. 

Silver Lake first launched Vantage in 2010, as a single data centre campus on a former Intel site in Santa Clara, California. Digital Bridge then acquired Vantage in 2017 and has been a key strategy partner ever since, emphasising the company’s desire to support cloud and AI adoption amid widespread customer demand. The company now has 32 operational or developing hyperscale data centre campuses worldwide. Vantage Data Centers aims to become better equipped in meeting the growing demands for cloud and AI technologies. 

Vantage Data Centres also featured in our ‘Top 10 Largest Data Centres in Europe’. 

Irish data centres focus on net zero emissions

The Ireland campus will be close to Dublin City Centre, an area populated with other data centres. It will consist of two facilities, one 32MW and one 20MW, with the available land and power to add an additional facility later on. The two facilities are being built in alignment with Vantage’s sustainable blueprint, which will deliver an annualised Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.2, using almost no water for cooling. 

Vantage Data Centres is dedicated to reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2030, which is already looking like an achievable goal, due to its use of renewable energy and sustainable fuel alternatives through its value chain. This aligns with Ireland has similar climate action plans, making Vantage Data Centres well-suited to Dublin. 

Strengthening Ireland’s position as a leader in the digital age

As Dublin is becoming one of the biggest data centre markets in the world, this expansion further solidifies Vantage’s role at the forefront of the digital infrastructure revolution, says David Howson, President EMEA at Vantage Data Centers. 

“Throughout this development, there will be a significant positive economic impact to the community as we employ more than 1,100 individuals during peak construction and create approximately 165 jobs to operate the campus,” added David. “Vantage is committed to being a good neighbour where we build and operate data centres and we are eager to continue working with community organisations such as Round Tower GAA Club, Newcastle Tidy Towns, St. Francis Football Club, Ballyboden St. Enda’s GAA, St. Ronan’s National School in Deansrath and others.”

Jinél Fourie, Director of Public Policy, EMEA at Vantage Data Centers, echoed that Vantage was committed to environmental responsibility and was pleased that its sustainability goals aligned closely with those of the Irish government.

“As environmental technology continues to advance, including the inaugural use of a multi-fuel generation plant in Dublin, we look forward to continuing our local partnerships to explore additional solutions to enhance the local community,” Jinél explained. 

Peter Byrne, CEO of South Dublin Chamber, said that The South Dublin Chamber warmly welcomed the confidence shown in the area through the €1bn investment from Vantage Data Centers.

“Vantage Data Centers will not only be contributing to local employment and taxation but will be ensuring the safety of our data and future-proofing business for years to come with this major investment in technology,” he said. 

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