The many achievements of the Sungard Availability Services Ireland team during 2015 mean customers can be reassured they are in great hands! These include gaining the highest level of information security management accreditation and the addition of a state-of-the-art Certified Tier III data centre, capped by a brand new appointment strengthening Ireland's senior management team.

Following on from certification of our enterprise-grade shared private cloud environment and managed services offering in Ireland, our ISO 27001: 2013 information security accreditation has now been extended to cover the new facility at Profile Park, Dublin. This internationally recognised, independent verification shows we can securely manage information security, maintaining the confidentiality, integrity and availability of all data. It means we have proved we've taken all appropriate steps to properly secure both our own data and that of customers, giving you peace of mind that your mission-critical information is safe and readily accessible.

The partnership with Digital Realty Trust announced last issue not only gives us larger data centre facilities in Dublin and underlying infrastructure for our full portfolio of services including our global cloud platform, but will also create around 50 new jobs in Ireland. One of those new positions is that of Head of New Business Development, part of a new strategy for us that will specifically centre on developing relationships and providing consultancy to new and existing customers looking to expand their presence in Ireland. The impressive Paul Slattery has recently been appointed to the role, which reports directly into Jean-Philippe Sohier, SVP of European Sales.

With over 20 years' experience, Slattery brings with him a wealth of industry knowledge and important strategic connections having worked for companies including UPC Ireland, Verizon (WorldCom) – and most recently represented GTT Communications as Sales Director for UK and Ireland. Slattery also acts as an Adjunct Lecturer for the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School where he lectures on their Executive MBA programme, as well as giving back to the community by helping out on projects such as Jobnet.

Commenting on his appointment, Paul stated, "I'm thrilled to have joined Sungard Availability Services, especially at such an exciting time for the company in Ireland. It's great to see the growing demand from global businesses looking to host their data here and benefit from the infrastructure and knowledge economy that is rapidly developing within the region. I'm looking forward to working with the team to attract some great customers and create more jobs here in Ireland."

Given all the developments during 2015 you might think the Ireland team could afford to slow down a little but that is unlikely to happen. "In today's market, which is increasingly focused around online services, data security is of critical importance and this will only become more so with forthcoming changes to data protection regulations," Paul Slattery explains. "As the gateway to Europe, we expect our Ireland operation to see increased demand from businesses for our proven cloud and infrastructure services from businesses to whom resilience and compliance is paramount."

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