Dublin has been home to Google’s European headquarters for many years now, and we’re proud to have built one of our data centers in the city, too. In September 2011, we announced that we would invest €75 million to convert a warehouse on an industrial site in West Dublin into our third energy-efficient data center in Europe. The conversion lasted just under a year. Over 1,000 people working for 90 specialist building and engineering companies contributed to the construction. In total, we dedicated approximately 400,000 hours to designing and building the data center.
The facility, which became operational in September 2012, has an advanced air-cooling system that takes advantage of Ireland’s weather to keep our servers running smoothly. As a result, the data center does not require any costly and power-hungry air-conditioning units. This is part of our effort to use as little energy as possible and operate in an environmentally responsible manner.
We’ve been in Dublin for some time now and we greatly appreciate the welcome and support we’ve had in the city. We’ve always said we’re here for the long-term—and our data center further confirms this commitment.
Dublin has the right combination of energy infrastructure, developable land, and available workforce for the data center. We were able to take the same approach to construction as we did in Hamina, Finland, using local engineering and construction expertise to re-develop an existing building.
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