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News : Innovation Last Updated: Jun 8, 2011 - 6:24 AM

Dell announces Dublin as site for company’s first Cloud R&D Centre; Limerick to be site of first Dell Solution Centre
By Finfacts Team
Jun 7, 2011 - 1:35 PM

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Dell Computer today announced Dublin as the site for the company’s first Cloud Research and Development (R&D) Centre, and the company’s campus in Limerick as home to the first Dell Solution Centre built globally. These announcements were made in Dublin by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Jeff Clarke, vice chairman, Global Operations & End User Computing Solutions, Dell. These technology investments in Dell’s global solutions and services capabilities are supported by the Irish Government through the Industrial Development Agency (IDA).

The Dell Solution Centre in Limerick was part of Dell’s previously-announced plans to invest $1bn globally in new technology solutions and services while the Dublin Cloud R&D Centre is a new announcement. These facilities are part of the company’s investment strategy designed to help Dell customers worldwide innovate and drive business results through new solutions, services, and cloud-based delivery options. Recruitment is currently underway at both sites for world class software engineers, IT architects, engineers and developers. It is expected that a total of 150 people will be recruited across both sites in the next two years.

Dublin Cloud Research & Development Centre

With today’s announcement, Dell said it is investing in a dedicated facility and staff to maximize the benefits of cloud computing by delivering IT flexibility, reduced operational costs, and accelerated time to market. As more information technology is delivered as a service through private, public, and/or hybrid cloud models, there will be a greater need for specialized knowledge and solution development. The Cloud R&D Centre is the first of its kind for Dell and will help develop the next generation cloud computing architecture on a global basis. The centre will act as a proof of concept laboratory, helping Dell customers to leverage their existing hardware platforms while driving innovation, new development work and thought leadership in the Cloud. The primary focus of the centre will be developing OpenStack based capabilities, Storage-as-a-Service Solutions and Software-as-a-Service enabling technology. The centre is currently hiring world class software engineers.

Dell Solution Centre in Limerick

The Dell Solution Centre in Limerick - - the first to be launched internationally - - is part of a global network of 22 centres with extensive customer engagement capabilities, designed to give access to Dell technology and solutions experts. The Centre will provide a backdrop for customers to learn about Dell’s industry-focused solutions and domain expertise. At the Dell Solution Centre, Dell said experts work with customers to help them make better use of their technology budgets so they can invest less on managing their infrastructure and more on technology innovation to grow their business. Through proof of concept testing to make sure the solution will work in the customers’ environment and Architectural Design Workshops based on the customers’ business needs, the Dell Solution Centre will give its customers and partners another resource to help solve technology challenges.

Employees at the Centre will be involved in research and development work, IP development, IT architecture and engineering as they engage in proof-of-concept testing for customers. In addition, the new Solution Centre is playing a leading role in data management, identifying solutions to meet the challenges caused by the explosive growth of data online.

The Centre will also play a leading role in the development of virtual desktop solutions globally for Dell. Virtual Desktop Solutions will enable customers to support virtually any end-user computing device, anytime, anywhere in a cost-effective, secure and predictable way.

The company currently employs 2,300 staff in Ireland: 1,000 work in Limerick in service and support and 1,300 work in Cherrywood in South Dublin in direct sales and telephone support operations. 

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said at the launch:“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. The calibre of Dell people and the nature of their work in Ireland are consistent with our ambition to be a knowledge-driven economy. We are very pleased to see continued momentum in this direction, especially the creation of new jobs in this vital sector of our economy.”

Jeff Clarke, vice chairman, Global Operations & End User Computing Solutions, Dell said:“Today’s announcement underscores Dell’s evolution to a services and solutions company with broad-based capabilities and expertise that helps customers succeed. 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. We are excited about these new facilities and see Ireland as an ideal home for our Cloud-based activities. I would like to recognize the support of the Irish government and the IDA in helping to bring this investment to fruition.”

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