Californian virtual infrastructure software player VMware is establishing its EMEA technical support centre at Ballincollig in Cork as part of an IDA-backed investment, it emerged today.
VMware’s virtual infrastructure software enables multiple virtual machines to be run on a single physical server, allowing for more effective and more efficient use of customers’ server hardware resources.
The EMEA technical support centre will create 78 new positions for highly specialised software graduate and post-graduate engineers with extensive experience in a range of software environments and multilingual skills.
The Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Micheál Martin commented: “VMware, one of fastest growing software companies in the world and a well established name in Ireland, is a very important addition to the software sector here. The choice of Ireland as the location for this Centre, which is technology driven and requires highly skilled software engineers, is a further confirmation of Ireland’s ability to provide a knowledge base for global businesses across all industries.”
VMware was acquired by storage equipment and software giant EMC in January 2004, and had revenues of US$272m for the first three quarters of 2005.
John Dolan, director of support services at VMware’s Cork facility said: “The EMEA technical support centre for Cork is an integral part of VMware’s strategy for the growth of its global business. It represents our first move to centralise support services in Europe, which is one of our fastest growing markets.
“Our expanding EMEA customer base required a technical support centre and an available pool of highly educated people with enterprise level software skills, specifically expertise in the Linux, Unix and Windows environments which we found in Ireland,” Dolan said.
By John Kennedy