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Blacknight Opens New Carlow Data Centre


Domain registrar and hosting company Blacknight cut the ribbon on its new, €1m data centre at company headquarters in Carlow.

 

The environmentally friendly data centre will be kept at frigid temperatures to protect its servers running, which it does by sucking ambient air from outside.

According to Blacknight's CTO, Paul Kelly, the provision of the on-site data centre was the most cost-effective and efficient solution for the company to undertake. “This streamlining allows us to pass significant savings on to our customers. The data centre will also create jobs which allows us to fuel the local economy further,” he added.

Blacknight hired a local firm to build the data centre and is expected to add to its current staff of 35 later in the year. The new roles will be in software development, e-commerce and web design, as well as computer engineering, sales and marketing. The firm was founded in 2003 by Michele Neylon and Paul Kelly.

Neylon, the firm's chief executive, said that the data centre would help Blacknight maintain a 100% self-controlled network and “a PRISM-free service”.

Blacknight's investment is good news for Carlow and follows in the wake of several positive recent developments for the town. Late last year, Walsh Whiskey Distillery announced a €25m investment in its Carlow plant, as well as the eventual creation of 55 jobs.

Hydraulic cylinder manufacturers Burnside Eurocyl also announced at €3.5m expansion plan at its Carlow plant a few months ago, with the creation of 25 jobs as a result.

Carlow is set to benefit this year from a €130,000 government investment, in a bid to entice retailers to set up shop there. The incentives for businesses include lower commercial rates and refurbishment grants for premises. (05/02/14)

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