Microsoft to build its own power station to support Dublin data centre
Microsoft is having to build its own power station in Dublin to support one of its biggest data centres.
The tech giant, which has invested heavily in data centres in the area in recent years, is having to fund its own unit in Clondalkin, on the outskirts of Ireland's capital.
An investment of 16 gas-powered generators at the site is down to the inadequate infrastructure currently provided by EirGrid, the semi-state-owned electricity transmission company.
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"Space at Grange Castle Business Park is in high demand from international business customers," said an EirGrid spokesman to the Irish Independent.
"To accommodate this growth, further power is required to meet both current electricity needs and to plan for future electricity demand."
The station is expected to generate 18MW, power that would be enough for 18,000 homes. One data centre of a similar size to Microsoft's uses the equivalent power of a small town.
Microsoft has four data centres in Dublin and last year announced plans to build four more at a cost of €900mn while Google also operates an unknown number of centres at Grange Castle Business Park.
Nybl: Saudi Startup to Expand AI Solutions
According to co-founder Nour Alnahhas, nybl was formed for the greater good. A visual data mining and machine learning platform, the platform will help organisations streamline their operations. ‘We wanted to centralise our vision around AI and machine learning’, said Alnahhas. ‘Something not just for profit, but added value. Conscious capitalism’.
Nybl aims to democratise artificial intelligence by making it possible for anyone to build an AI solution. What website builders like Wix and Squarespace did for site design, nybl will do for AI—allowing even non-coders to feel comfortable creating solutions. In fact, Alnahhas calls it a ‘Shopify of AI’, or a third-party platform that helps businesses deliver better service.
With hubs in Kuwait, the UAE, North America, and India, nybl is focused on launching operations in Saudi Arabia, Alnahhas’s home country. When the company first launched, it was difficult to convince Saudi Arabian businesses to work with a startup. Yet now, nybl has proven itself. ‘We had support in the UAE, so now we’re coming back’, said Alnahhas.
Alnahhas has launched a pilot with Saudi Aramco and has slowly built partnerships with paper, heating, HVAC air conditioning, and manufacturing companies. In addition, the Saudi government has started to invest in the Kingdom’s National Strategy for Data and AI, which means that nbyl, as a tech startup, has finally gained credibility.
No War for Talent
One of the most critical parts of nybl’s expansion will be hiring the right individuals. Thankfully, there’s a current surplus of talented researchers, developers, and data scientists within the Kingdom. Like nybl’s Alnahhas—educated at the University of Houston, the Wharton School of Business, and INSEAD— many Saudi Arabians have benefited from government-sponsored education abroad.
Last year, Saudi Arabia signed several partnerships with tech firms to advance the Kingdom’s skills in artificial intelligence. ‘It’s exciting to be in Saudi Arabia where there’s alignment and support’, Alnahhas concluded. ‘You’re getting an increasing talent pool. And even old and big family conglomerates are finally changing to use AI’.