The US Isn’t the Only Country Facing a Shortage of Data Center Talent. Ireland Wants to Prepare for the Future Now

DUBLIN, IRELAND – CapRE’s Ireland and Emerging European Data Center Markets Summit featured a wealth of insight into Ireland’s ability to stay competitive – including a discussion titled Data Centre Market 360: Competing Globally for Business in 2018; Analysis of New Demand and Evolution of Supply Side. Moderator Ronan Leonard, Founder & CEO of Tech Doctor Limited kicked off the discussion with a question for two panelists. “At the moment, Ireland is seeing a great demand for data centers. How do we capitalize on this and how we compete against countries like Denmark, who also want to be in the data center space?” asked Leonard first to Maurice Mortell, Managing Director for Ireland and Emerging Markets, Equinix EMEA. “Yeah, sure. So I suppose that we’ve got a strong legacy in Ireland for data centers and data center investment,” replied Mortell. “I wouldn’t say that we are competing directly with Denmark. I would say that we’re competing with lots of cities out there in Europe. I think we’re competing and we’re very [close with] the rest of Europe. For me, I think, where we’re competing really is the FLAMP markets – Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam, and Paris.” With that, Tanya Duncan, Managing Director at InterXion Ireland Ltd. chimed in. “For the longest time, we had the “employee” advantage. We have a very strong tech focus in our colleges and so we have a good workforce for tech. I think that’s become less…