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Minister Bruton opens Cloud Computing Centre in DCU

The €6 million funded centre hopes to make Ireland a world leader in this fast-growing sector.

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THE MINISTER FOR Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton will launch the Government-supported Cloud Computing Technology Research Centre in Dublin City University this morning.

The centre, which has been in development for around 18 months, has received €6 million in funding from IDA and Enterprise Ireland as part of their Technology Centre Programme.

World leader

The centre was developed to make Ireland a world leader in this fast-growing area and hopes to make a significant contribution to jobs and economic growth.

Representatives from multi-national companies involved will also be present, including Fujitsu, Microsoft, IBM, Salesforce, Intel and around 10 SMEs.

When announcing the centre in April, Minister Bruton said:

A key part of this Government’s plan for growth and jobs is identifying areas where we believe Ireland has distinct advantages. Cloud computing is one such sector, and the Government believes that between our climate, skills base, telecoms connectivity and existing strengths in ICT, we have the potential to reap substantial benefits in terms of jobs and growth from the global expansion of this sector.

It will be led by DCU and the research will include University College Cork, and Athlone Institute of Technology with input from NUIM.

The centre will research four key areas of Cloud Computing including, technology architecture, service life cycle management, security and business research.

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