Wednesday 18 October 2017

Reassurance for 700 Irish jobs at tech giant VMware

Paul O'Donoghue

VMWare's new chief technology officer, Limerick native Ray O'Farrell, does not expect job losses at the company's Irish operations if a $67bn merger between Dell and EMC goes ahead.

PC-maker Dell is looking to take US data storage titan EMC private in a $67bn deal, the biggest ever in the tech sector. EMC is the majority shareholder in software services giant VMware, which had global revenues of $6bn last year.

There had been reports of uncertainty for the VMware's 700 roughly employees based in Cork if the deal goes ahead.

There should be no effect on Cork as it is "vital" to the company, Mr O'Farrell told the Irish Independent.

"VMware in Cork is a super important organisation for us... they operate a large part of our global support," he said. "Companies around the world are running large enterprises leveraging VMware software.

"Quite often VMware Cork is the group that will be supporting them directly [so] it is vital to pretty much everything we do in supporting our customers so there should be no effect on that."

Mr O'Farrell, who was made the firm's combined CTO and chief development officer at the end of August, also said he expects that VMware will continue to operate as an independent, public company if the deal goes ahead. He added he wants to reinforce VMware's "innovation culture" in his new role.

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