By @SimonCocking

Irish Tech News chatted with Garry Connolly @GconnTec, president of Host in Ireland  @hostinireland about their proactive, cross industry initiative, which could give Ireland many future employment opportunities in data hosting, management and analytics.

Ireland’s five P’s : Pipes, policy, power, pedigree, people

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The 5 X P’s (Policy, Pedigree,  People , Power and Pipes) all combine to make Ireland a highly attractive place place to Host Data.

Store the data here, the data centres and data analytics will follow

Once you become the compelling place for the data to be hosted, the centres will follow.

It’s an exciting time for technology with the rapid growth of computing power now bringing into reach a whole range of helpful applications to our health, lifestyles and much much more. The amount of data we create is only going to go up and up. This creates a massive opportunity for those countries that offer great places to locate this data.

If you can be the place, the country where the data is stored, then you increase the likelihood of being the place where the data centres are built.  Which increases the likelihood of being the place where the data is analysed and the value extracted from it.

This is Gary Connolly’s vision and game plan. Host in Ireland is the Irish platform going after this highly logical goal of hosting the world’s data. There are great benefits to the local economy of being the location of choice for storing data. However even better is that you host the data, you create even more possibilities for future business opportunities too. Host in Ireland’s goals fit into a wider ecosystem that Ireland is already developing. As the recent interview with Brian Caulfield, Director of the UCD Insight Centre for Data Analytics illustrates.

Proactive strategy to bring business to Ireland by hosting the world’s data

Ireland is doing well because they have been proactive around data issues. This means that this is an area where Ireland is not just looking to comply, but is actually aiming to lead the field.

Driven by sustainable energy

So far 21% of the energy used is from renewables, with this due to rise quickly to 40% and beyond. Host in Ireland are already committed to using renewable energy in Ireland, and will continue to expand their green eco footprint as fast as the technology permits.

Why Ireland? Rain, grass and people!

Connolly summarised Ireland’s main attributes as follows.

What do we have in Ireland? Rain, grass and people!

We’re doing pretty great on exporting the results of the first two to the rest of the world.

The opportunity is here for us to do something with the last element.

Selling Ireland to the US and beyond

Connolly sells Ireland to the rest of the world, the US particularly. Host in Ireland are following a similar strategy to the IDA, to get overseas tech companies to make their first involvement with Europe take place in Ireland.

Working hard to achieve this, a fantastic momentum has taken place. Many foreign companies have stayed, and continued to invest more and more in Ireland. Microsoft recently celebrated 30 years in Ireland, and Apple last week announced plans to build more data centres in Galway.

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Great cooperation between different businesses

In itself this is a great achievement, to bring together companies that are normally competing against each other for business, from both the hosting and hardware sectors.

There is a cooperative nature to the Host in Ireland initiative. Fierce competitors are coming together to market and sell the country as one under a single umbrella called Host in Ireland. By promoting the collective they can achieve much more than as silos and this has been supported by the fact they have achieved 30 % more partners in 2015 than 2014, and 160% up from 2013.

Passionate advocate for the value of hosting your data in Ireland

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No one knows for certain what the future holds, or if the foreign companies will remain in Ireland. However Connolly’s vision, allied with the work of the Host in Ireland initiative, ensures that rather than merely hoping the foreign direct investment continues to come in, there is a proactive strategy in place. They are actively looking to get the message out there and explain to US and the rest of the world why Ireland is a great place to host your data.