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Thousands of jobs could be created in cloud computing thanks to new DCU centre, promises Minister Richard Bruton

JOBS Minister Richard Bruton has promised that a new €6m computing centre has great potential to deliver thousands of jobs in the future.

He was launching the new cloud computing centre in Dublin City University, which aims to help more businesses provide computer services over the internet.

Mr Bruton said that cloud computing was one of the fastest growing sector in the market. He said the €6m invested in the centre by the Government could lead to the creation of new technology companies - with Microsoft Ireland estimating a potential for 8,500 cloud computing jobs.

"It's a very significant centre for cloud computing. Cloud computing will bring great opportunity for small businesses and many very significant multi-national companies to work together on shared problems," he said.

There are now 11 Government-funded technology centres, including those focused on food, energy efficiency and microelectronics.