Thought Leadership and Insight from Interxion

Tanya Duncan

For this edition of the Datacloud Ireland Interview series we spoke to Tanya Duncan, Managing Director of Interxion Ireland.

Q.1 – Why has Ireland been so successful in attracting data centre investment?
The Irish data centre industry in Ireland has grown from strength to strength for of a number of reasons which have come together to create a highly competitive market in a global landscape. These factors include:

• Ireland has an extremely skilled and educated workforce which ranks high for almost all measures of education across the EU.
• Ireland’s location acts as the gateway to Europe, is a significant benefit for many organisations when looking for a destination for foreign direct investment. This is particularly pertinent in the wake of Brexit.
• Ireland is top of the rankings for the competitiveness of its tax regime and is well equipped to assist companies coming to Ireland.
• One of the key reasons Ireland is a good location for data centre investment is our low risk location, wealth of international connectivity, proven track record and world-class expertise in delivering these services.

Q.2 – How do you think Brexit will affect the current rate of IT asset deployment in the county?
Ireland will continue to play an important role in the EU post Brexit. For many organisations Ireland’s proximity to the UK, our language and our laws which are similar to the UK, puts Ireland into a unique position for business across industries if they are looking at an alternative location.
In terms of IT asset deployment, I would see this as a significant opportunity for Ireland post Brexit. Ireland’s membership of the EU will continue to be a calling card with many organisations particularly as GDPR comes into play and the situation with Britain when it comes to GDPR.

Q.3 – How do you think GDPR will impact the storage of data in the European Union?
There are two sides to GDPR for businesses, the potential concerns and costs associated with the regulation and the opportunities that organisations can provide to customers as a result of GDPR.
GDPR will give the public more control than ever before with their data, this clearly presents a cost for organisations to ensure they are set up to fully meet the requirements. This is where data centre providers can assist and play a crucial role to ensure organisations are ready when the deadline comes. Many businesses are also viewing GDPR as an opportunity to look at the value add they can provide to their customers when the regulation comes into effect.
Internationally, GDPR will position Europe as a leader in the field with other countries and states looking to meet the GDPR standard to do business with the union.

Q.4 – What will be the main drivers of data growth in the coming decade?
Increased regulation will provide an opportunity for data centres to facilitate these changes and position their clients to benefit from the changes.
As the public feel more secure about their data living online as a result of regulation including GDPR and PSD2, as well as services such as Interxion’s Cloud Connect which provides a private connection to the cloud, we will see an increase in businesses and organisations using the cloud as their main data management system.

On the 21st of September, Interxion will be at Datacloud Ireland 2017 in Dublin. Meet them there!