Thursday, 30 June 2011

Cloud Computing at the National Digital Research Centre (NDRC)

Yesterday I visited the Green Digital Ideas Generation Workshop at the National Digital Research Centre beside the Guinness Storehouse.

Pictured at NDRC Workshop Fiona Hyland Marketing Manager, John Geoghegan Senior Commercial Associate, P J Rudden President Engineers Ireland, Dr Teresa Dillon Event Manager and Dr Amy Neale Programme Manager

NDRC ( is an independent not for profit enterprise dedicated to accelerating ICT research 'from idea to income'. It operates with the support of the Dept of Communications Energy and Natural Resources.

The collaborative approach with technology and business innovators drives greater collective success while cultivating attitudes towards invention and investment. Its founding members are DCU (, NCAD (, IADT (, TCD ( and UCD (

NDRC analyses and assesses new and emerging technologies and market opportunities within the economy's most important sectors. The Workshop consisted of a series of innovative presentations showing how the digital world can add value to smarter Energy Generation and Distribution, Public Transport, Water Supply, Waste Management and Green Buildings.

There was much comment on how Cloud Computing can help to service and grow Ireland's economy. Cloud computing is at an early stage of development. It is essentially a model that delivers on-demand access to a pool of computing resources. These can include all aspects of an IT infrastructure such as networks, servers, storage, applications and services. There are several advantages to the use of Cloud Computing not least an overall cost saving from efficiency and increased security.

There is no doubt that NDRC provides  an essential research and early start up service to many SMEs and new entrants to the digital world. This was amply demonstrated yesterday and our thanks to John Geoghegan, Teresa Dillon, Amy Neale and Fiona Hyland all of NDRC for hosting a most interesting and rewarding day.


  1. Cloud computing is about maintaining applications and data through the central remote servers and the internet. With the help of this technology, consumers can use various applications and can have access to their personal folders at any system which has an internet access. The main idea behind this technology is to make the entire process of computing, centralized and efficient

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