New data hubs proposed for Lucan site

American data centre operator EdgeConnex has submitted plans to South Dublin County Council to allow it to build two more data centres at its existing site in Lucan, Dublin.

The latest data centre proposal for the city highlights a growing debate between those who believe the facilities are a welcome addition to Ireland’s burgeoning tech sector and understand the environmental benefits from the centres and those who highlight the environmental impact because of the large electricity usage.

Virginia-based EdgeConnex concentrates on hosting and delivering digital content as close to its end users as possible and has built 25 data centres around the world since 2013, mainly in the US, and it counts Virgin Media and Comcast, as well as Irish industry body Host in Ireland, among its clients and partners.