HP to create 100 new jobs at new cloud research centre in Galway

5 Jun 2014

HP is to create 100 new jobs in Galway through an investment in OpenStack cloud services at its new state-of-the-art facility in Ballybrit, Galway.

This investment in Galway is part of the company’s plans to expand the global reach of the HP Helion portfolio of cloud products and services.

As part of this investment, HP is adding approximately 100 high-tech jobs to its cloud R&D team in Galway.

“HP has consistently invested in and believed in Ireland over the past forty years,” Ireland’s Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD said today during a visit to HP’s headquarters in Palo Alto, California.

“Today, the company is one of Ireland’s most valued investors and one of our foremost creators of highly skilled R&D jobs. ICT is a sector which we have specifically targeted as part of our Action Plan for Jobs and we have put in place a range of measures to support jobs growth in this area. Supporting foreign direct investment is a central part of our jobs recovery plan”

The jobs, which will range in scope and expertise level, are supported by the government through IDA Ireland.

The new positions will assist HP’s enterprise customers with cloud planning, implementation and operational needs.

Individuals recruited for these roles also will also become active members of the OpenStack community, contributing design blueprints, new code, bug fixes and code reviews.

They also will engage quickly with HP enterprise customers seeking to deploy OpenStack clouds.

Pioneering the cloud revolution

“Our customers are looking for open solutions, and to be able to create, deploy and manage IT workloads in hybrid cloud environments,” said Mark Gantly, managing director, HP Galway.

“The technologies being developed here in our Galway R&D facility are at the forefront of HP’s OpenStack-based Helion program and will play a key role in future development of global cloud services from HP.”

The HP Cloud Research and Development (R&D) team in Galway played a large role in delivering HP’s public cloud—one of the largest OpenStack-based public clouds in the world.

The team will continue in this role as it focuses on building the HP Helion portfolio of cloud products and services, also based on OpenStack technology—as well as Cloud Foundry —and designed to enable organisations to build, manage and consume workloads in hybrid IT environments.

“HP has been one of the largest and most significant investors in Ireland Inc, for the past 40 years,” said Barry O’Leary, chief executive officer, IDA Ireland.

“Today’s announcement is another vote of confidence in Ireland’s ability to both provide and attract a strong technical workforce.”

John Kennedy
By John Kennedy

Editor John Kennedy is an award-winning technology journalist. He joined Silicon Republic in 2002 to become the fulcrum of the company’s news service He was recipient of the Irish Internet Association’s NetVisionary Technology Journalist Award 2005 and Siliconrepublic.com has been awarded ‘Best Technology Site’ at the Irish Web Awards seven times. In 2011 he received the David Manley Award commending him for his dedication to covering entrepreneurs. His interests include all things technological, music, movies, reading, history, gaming and losing the occasional game of poker.

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