Dell debuts Dublin cloud centre

Cloud computing

Dell will be delving deeper into the cloud with the announcement today of a new research and development premises in Dublin.

The Irish centre will aim to gain "specialised knowledge" in cloud computing and develop better solutions, be they for private, public or hybrid cloud implementations.

However, the key focus will be on software-as-a-service development with OpenStack capabilities.

"Ireland has become a focal point of global information technology development, and Dell's decision to locate new strategic resources in Ireland will help us to realise our ambition of becoming a centre of excellence for Cloud," said Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny.

"The calibre of Dell people and the nature of their work in Ireland are consistent with our ambition to be a knowledge-driven economy."

The announcement came alongside the confirmation of a new Dell Solution Centre in Limerick. It is the latest in a chain of 22 Solution Centres, announced in April, which aim to give customers a chance to test out Dell's products and have access to their staff for advice.

"The investments in Ireland are central to our broader strategy of establishing leadership in cloud computing and our commitment to help customers innovate and drive business results," added Jeff Clarke, vice chairman of global operations and end user computing solutions at Dell.

"We are excited about these new facilities and see Ireland as an ideal home for our cloud-based activities."

Both sites are currently looking to hire software engineers, IT architects, engineers and developers, with roughly 150 jobs up for grabs.

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