Vodafone Ireland today announced that it is to invest €7m to provide new data centre services for its business and public sector customers in Ireland, as part of the expansion of its cloud and hosting business across Europe.
According to Vodafone, enterprise customers will now be able to enhance their IT security, increase their operational flexibility and reduce costs. The development will enable customers to securely outsource their full IT hardware resources and store large volumes of data and software applications with Vodafone, in either dedicated or shared infrastructure environments. The data centre services will be available to customers from the end of October 2015.
Commenting on the announcement, Anne Sheehan, Enterprise director at Vodafone Ireland said: “We are very excited to expand our business division into cloud and hosting services for large companies and public sector clients. This further consolidates our position as Ireland’s Total Communications provider for enterprise. Our customers such as Ryanair are increasingly moving their critical IT services to the cloud, and as a result of this announcement today, Vodafone Ireland can now offer our business customers the ability to host their IT services in Vodafone’s secure data centre facilities.”
Director of Vodafone Cloud and Hosting Services, Michelle Senecal de Fonseca, added: “This is a great example of how our services are evolving, reflecting the changing needs of our customers. The opportunity offered by cloud services is transforming businesses today and we believe that Vodafone is ideally placed to help companies bring together fixed, mobile and cloud technologies to the best effect.”
This expansion brings Vodafone Ireland’s investment to date to almost €25m over the last number of years in expanding its total communications capabilities for business customers.