Ireland nets 16th place in cloud ecosystem world ranking indexBlathnaid O’Deaon April 26, 2022 at 16:19 Silicon RepublicSilicon Republic


Ireland ranks 16th in a list of 76 of the world’s top countries for cloud development and innovation. The list was compiled by MIT Technology Review Insights and IT consultancy business Infosys Cobalt.

The Global Cloud Ecosystem Index rated and then ranked each of the world’s major economies according to the quality and availability of their cloud services. It also evaluated the regulatory frameworks and digital practices that promote the use of cloud models in the public and private sector for each country featured.

Singapore, Finland and Sweden topped the list, with Denmark and Switzerland completing the top five. The UK ranked in 11th place just five places ahead of Ireland in at 16.

The highest score of 8.5 was awarded to Singapore and Finland. Ireland received 7.7, the same score as the US one place behind in 17th and Austria, two places behind in 18th.

All of the countries in the top 34 fell under the ‘high income’ bracket, with Malaysia in 35th place – the first ‘upper middle income’ country to feature in the ranking. Ukraine, in at number 43, was the first ‘lower middle income’ nation to appear. Low income country Ethiopia was in last place at 76.

Ireland’s overall ranking of 16 acknowledged the Irish government’s February announcement regarding its 2030 National Digital Strategy. The updated plan includes further 5G network coverage as well as provisions to ensure that all businesses and households have will have access to gigabit speed broadband by 2028.

While Ireland’s overall rank was 16, it performed better in certain areas when it came to the breakdown of each area. It ranked in 12th place for talent and human affinity with cloud, ahead of New Zealand and France but behind Norway.

Its infrastructure ranked it in 15th place, as did its security and assurance. Overall list toppers Singapore only came in in 17th place for security and assurance.

Ecosystem adoption brought Ireland down, with it scoring a modest 23rd place behind Taiwan and ahead of Germany.

The index and its findings are based on research conducted between November 2021 and February 2022.

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