Microsoft's cloud computing project to create 380 jobs
COMPUTER giant Microsoft is to create 380 temporary construction jobs as it expands its cloud computing "datacentre" in Dublin.
The €170m expansion of the technology group's Europe, Middle East and Africa mega datacentre in Clondalkin, Dublin, will be completed in the spring.
Construction is already under way, with 380 building-related jobs created. An additional 20 permanent staff will be needed to operate the centre once construction has been completed, bringing the total staff number to 100.
This is the second expansion to the Clondalkin facility, bringing the total investment to €594m.
Tanaiste and Foreign Affairs Minister Eamon Gilmore said Ireland could become the cloud centre of excellence and the country of choice for datacentre investments.
"Microsoft contributed greatly to this strategy when it chose Ireland as the home for its first mega datacentre outside of the US," Mr Gilmore said.
"We realised that the factors that influenced that decision were key differentiators that could also attract further investors."
Microsoft has been given the go-ahead by South Dublin County Council for a massive €380m datacentre in Dublin that will employ up to 450 construction workers and result in 150 full-time jobs.
But yesterday's announcement was separate to that and the company declined to comment on the recently granted planning permission.
Cathriona Hallahan, Microsoft Ireland managing director, said the expansion of the Clondalkin facility was evidence of the continued demand for Microsoft's cloud services such as Office 365, Bing, Skype, Xbox Live, and the Windows Azure platform across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
"As the demand for these cloud-based services continues to grow, we are investing to meet our customers' needs," she said.
Meanwhile, more than 1,000 jobs have been created in Dublin's IFSC this year.
John Bruton, IFSC Ireland president, said he saw a strong pipeline of potential projects across the various industry sectors for next year.