Potential within Monaghan to establish major IT facility, County Council told

6 May 2011 One Comment by The Northern Standard

Potential exists within Co Monaghan for the establishment of a Data Centre facility to service one of the world’s leading information technology companies, the members of Monaghan Co Council were informed when they met on Tuesday.
The Council received a presentation from Claire Cunningham of the IT Forum, one of six business leaders’ forums established under the Economic Development Strategy put into operation last year by the Monaghan Co Enterprise Board.
Outlining developments in the provision of broadband services in the county, the Forum Chairperson told the meeting that the range and capacity of broadband that was becoming available in the county constituted an excellent infrastructural base that could be built upon and which, in tandem with the county’s relative closeness to air and sea ports, increased its attractiveness as a location for major IT companies.
The Carrickmacross woman pointed out that such companies were continually looking for new locations to establish data centres, which were an essential component of the new “cloud” concept of computing, where software, instead of being incorporated on a computer’s hard drive, was accessed at a remote location, a centre that was in essence a “warehouse” of computers.
“There is huge broadband width access in Monaghan which will be very attractive to such companies,” she pointed out to the members.
Ms Cunningham said there was an ongoing need to raise awareness of the availability and potential of broadband in the county, and advocated the organisation of information seminars in this regard – a suggestion that was enthusiastically endorsed by South Monaghan councillor P J O’Hanlon, who made the point that state of the art broadband services were needed throughout the county if they were to hold on to the foreign investment they had already attracted here.
Full report in The Northern Standard

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  • Kieran Reynolds said:

    It’s nice to see such forward thinking. And let’s not forget, we also have the unique opportunity to encourage and support IT projects within our existing industry base. For example, Monaghan Furniture companies such as Rossmore Furniture are already researching and developing IT projects in the furniture industry – both with respect to online trade and manufacturing processes. Actively supporting IT within our traditional strengths will also give us a competitive advantage!