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  1. 1. A Special Report A Highly Attractive Location for Hosting Digital Assets Ireland
  2. 2. About 451 Research A division of The 451 Group, 451 Research is a leading global analyst and data company. Commissioned and Supported by
  3. 3. Over the past decade, Ireland has emerged as the favoured location for hosting digital assets. Exploring attributes such as connectivity to Europe and America, renewable energy, tax benefits and a talented workforce, the report explains why this tiny island is a powerhouse in the global hosting industry. Download the full report HERE, or read on to find out more About this Report
  4. 4. 451 analyzed and scored Ireland on factors that influence a company’s decision when choosing a European location for their digital assets. Economy Financial Benefits Green Energy Law Connectivity Hosting & The Cloud Workforce Government Support Success Stories
  5. 5. Economy
  6. 6. Ireland is an island nation of 4.6 million, located in western Europe. English speaking and using the Euro currency, Ireland’s proximity to Europe makes it a gateway to 500 million customers. Traditional ties to America, also, lead to the saying that ‘Ireland is closer to Boston than to Berlin’. About Ireland
  7. 7. Ireland is home to the world’s top companies, including: 9/10 global ICT companies 9/10 global pharmaceutical companies 3/6 top games companies 12/15 top medical device companies 10/10 ‘born on the internet’ companies
  8. 8. …And many have lived there a long time 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s
  9. 9. The easiest EU location in which to start a business The most business-friendly tax regime in Europe 6th best country in the world for business – The World Bank 2nd best in the EU – Forbes Property and office costs: 2008 €673 per square meter | 2013 €307 per square meter. Ease of Doing Business
  10. 10. A Mature Business Environment EU member English-speaking Politically neutral
  11. 11. Traditional links to US, ‘Closer to Boston than Berlin’ Access to European market of over 500 million people Links Worldwide
  12. 12. Connectivity
  13. 13. Ireland’s Subsea Cables
  14. 14. Connected worldwide…
  15. 15. Dublin’s T50 broadband ring (MAN) connects Dublin’s business districts and parks: the 44 km cable provides access to 27 international carriers
  16. 16. Renewable Energy
  17. 17. High temperature average 20°C (68°F) Low temperature average 6°C (42.8°F) Naturally temperate climate  low energy usage  low Power Usage Effectiveness scores  savings of millions Free Cooling
  18. 18. Renewable Energy Ireland is aiming for 40% renewable energy by 2020 The Irish power grid currently accepts up to 50% wind energy Case study: Vayu (natural gas and electricity) offer 100% renewable energy and have a carbon footprint of ZERO
  19. 19. Financial Benefits
  20. 20. Ireland’s corporate tax strategy is based on: Rate RegimeReputation
  21. 21. Rate Corporate tax rates: France Ireland Germany Netherlands UK 25%30%33% 23% 12.5%
  22. 22. Reputation 3 The Irish Taxes Consolidation Acts (TCA) of 1997 grant relief against double taxation 1 A commitment to transparency: 69 double-taxation treaties signed 2 EU ParentSubsidiaries Directive and the EU Interest and Royalties Directive grant relief under EU law
  23. 23. Regime Tax benefits include: Offset R&D credits against corporate tax Write off 100% of purchase value of energy efficient equipment 10 Point Tax Reform Plan of 2013, including multiple tax reliefs for startups
  24. 24. Hosting & The Cloud
  25. 25. Brands with Irish datacenters: Irish Datacenters
  26. 26. Service providers hosting in Ireland include: Hosting and Co-Location
  27. 27. Law
  28. 28. 1 Pro-industry rather than pro-regulation Intellectual Property 2 Access to Commercial Court for IP disputes 3 Protected under Data Protection (Amendment) Act of 2003 4 International IP royalties can be collected through Ireland, a low-tax jurisdiction
  29. 29. 1 Commercial websites are covered by the Electronic Commerce (EC Directive) Regulations of 2002. 2 Irish government passed first ecommerce bill in July 2000, covering electronic signatures and domain name registration. E-Commerce
  30. 30. Spam Increased penalties and an indictable offence since amendment of 2008
  31. 31. Workforce
  32. 32. 48% of Irish 25-34 year olds hold a third level qualification Open Ireland and Succeed in Ireland attract skilled workers from abroad The Springboard Program provides places for unemployed people in part-time courses. An Educated Workforce
  33. 33. 2012 IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook: 3rd for availability of skilled labor 1st for flexibility and adaptability of workforce World Rankings
  34. 34. Median age of population: 35 years (Lowest in Europe) Social contributions in Ireland represent a 5% of GDP, compared with an EU-27 average of 12.7% Youth
  35. 35. Government Support
  36. 36. Created the Cloud Computing Strategy Invested €1 million in 2013 into Centre for Applied Data Analytics Research (CeADAR), working with eBay, Accenture, Dell and Fidelity Investments The Irish Government Loves the Cloud…
  37. 37. IBM and Dublin City University have created a master’s degree in next­generation management skills IBM’s Smart­city concept, using Dublin as an experimental testing lab for big data and city planning …and Big Data
  38. 38. Various Irish government agencies support companies in Ireland: R&D and innovation grants and funding Helping Irish enterprises achieve success abroad Forging connections to create jobs in Ireland A center birding the divide between research and industry
  39. 39. A launch pad for early-stage digital businesses Other Support: A program assisting enterprises with online services
  40. 40. Success Stories
  41. 41. • Launched Dublinbased international operations centre in December 2012 • First move outside the US, supported by IDA • Opened its EMEA headquarters in 2003, initially employing 100 people • Dublin operation is now largest outside of the US, employing 2,500 staff • Announced plans in 2013 to open a €75m datacenter at Profile Park, Clondalkin • Opened December 2012 in Dublin • Employ ten staff of seven different nationalities • Launched international headquarters in Dublin in 2010 • Irish HQ is ‘center for international growth’ Success Stories
  42. 42. Success Stories • Opened development center in 2013, and additional datacenter in 2013 • Over 7,500 customers in Europe, including Just Giving, GOV.UK, L’Oreal and Glasgow NHS • Credit decision to locate in Ireland to a competitively priced tech infrastructure, • high standard data protection laws and a comprehensive tax regime • World’s number one CRM platform • Employs 500 people in Sandyford, Dublin • In 2013 announced plans to fill a further 100 roles
  43. 43. Conclusion Ireland is the favoured location for data hosting: This small island in Europe punches above its weight, fulfilling each one of 451’s research criteria (tax benefits, connectivity, skill of workforce, access to EU and US, cost efficiency and economic risk). With so many advantages, it’s little surprise that tech giants like Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Facebook have been established in Ireland for years. Like to Read More? Download the full Digital Ireland 360º here Visit the website here
  44. 44. Report Compiled & Authored By: Csilla Zsigri Director of Consulting Services EMEA, 451 Advisors, The 451 Group
  45. 45. Slide Presentation Produced By: Roisin Kiberd @RoisinTheMirror Eoin Beglin Garry Connolly Founding Partner GconnTec @GconnTec Illustrations Direction Words
  46. 46. Contributors • Hosting Bernard Geoghegan Digital Realty Trust Garry Connelly GconnTec Maurice Mortell Telecity Colum Traynor GconnTec Gary Keogh Digital Realty Trust Pat Kearney GconnTec Douglas Lowe Interxion Gary Watson SunGard Patrick Lastennet Interxion Eddie Kilbane Dataplex Ian Mc Vey Rachel Clynes Interxion
  47. 47. Contributors • Hosting Rob Thomson Sungard Stuart Edwards Sungard Robert Bath Digital Realty Trust Tanya Duncan MD, Interxion Sarah Mc Cluskey Telecity Willie Norse GConnTec Simon Withers Sungard Omer Wilson Digital Realty Trust
  48. 48. Contributors • Connectivity Barry Rhodes Internet Neutral Exchange Association Martin Reilly Hibernia Atlantic Colm Piercy Digiweb Diane Hodnett Sea Fibre Networks Fergus Innes Hibernia Networks Alan Millet Digiweb
  49. 49. Contributors • Semi-State Edel Flynn Digital Hub Leo Clancy IDA Gearoid Mooney Enterprise Ireland Michael McLoughlin CEO Connect Ireland David Scanlon Enterprise Ireland John Bolton IDA
  50. 50. Contributors • Talent Adie Mc Gennis Sigmar Recruitment Barry Rudden Sigmar Recruitment John Breslin Deri Institute Tony Mc Enroe DCU Contributors • IP / Security Neil Leyden IDSC Fred Louge New Morning IP Mathieu Gorge Vigi Trust
  51. 51. Other Contributors Brian Harrison American Chamber of Commerce Cathal Lee Open Ireland Clare Dillon Microsoft Ireland Joan Mulvihill Irish Internet Assoc. Pat O’Carroll IIBN
  52. 52. Contributors • Energy Clare Wallace Eirgrid Investment Partners Conor Barry Chirisa Investments David Smith Tirna Partners John Quinn Chirisa Investments