Thought Leadership and Insight from Mercury

Paul Carthy

For this edition of the Datacloud Ireland Interview Series, we spoke to Paul Carthy, Director of Business Development, Mercury.

What are the current trends and challenges for data centres in Ireland?

The trend now is bigger is better and biggest is best. Traditional Colo business is shrinking and newly emerging “Hybrid” market taking centre stage. More US companies setting up in Europe means more competition for the available business. Existing power grid is stretched as are supply chains. The image of Datacentres amid the national and global Climate change debate will need skilful management

What do you see as the future drivers for the industry in Ireland?

With Brexit looming, Ireland will be the only English-speaking country in Europe. We are also the only country using Common Law, favoured by many American companies. These important facts coupled with the growth of big Data, Irelands low Tax regime, business friendly environment, the “cluster effect” and talented workforce will ensure Ireland stays at the forefront of the sector.

What will be the main drivers of data growth in the coming decade?

Media (utube, Netflix, Social Media) accounts for up to 80% of Internet Traffic. The global growth of these platforms and the demise of traditional media (e.g. TV, printed media) has been rapid – even in technology terms. It’s not so long ago that people didn’t really understand what Cloud Computing was whereas today, most of us subscribe to cloud storage platforms for our valued files and photo’s. Our Cars too are connected with voice activation systems, real-time GPS tracking, Navigation systems, email and messaging – and that’s before autonomous driving comes into play. Businesses too are more on-line than ever with huge growth in remote working. Then there is the Internet of “things” which refers to the billions of physical devices around the world, connected to the internet, collecting and sharing data. Globally, Data traffic and storage is predicted to double over the next 5 years.

What is one of your goals for the next year and how do you expect to achieve it?

We have grown our business Internationally and are acknowledged as being the European Market Leader in turnkey Datacentre construction. Looking forward, we aim to maintain that position and grow with our clients by continually innovating and improving our service offering. I believe that businesses who change before they have to will be winners in the future.

Paul will be at Datacloud Ireland 2019 in Dublin on 18 September. Meet him there.