Microsoft: Cloud computing could create 20,000 jobs in Ireland

According to a report released by Microsoft in Ireland today, the company believes that cloud based computing could end up creating around 8,600 jobs in the country by the end of 2014.

The report, mentioned on Ireland Insider, states that cloud computing could be a potential cash cow for the country, bringing in around €9.5bn per year by 2014. Cloud computing is where services and storage are provided over the Internet, and Microsoft has stated numerous times over the past year that it will change the way business is done over the internet, as well as in the public sector.

“Cloud computing will revolutionize technology the way that the internet did,” Microsoft Ireland's managing director Paul Rellis said.

Money isn’t the only selling point to cloud computing in Ireland. If you take the results of the report to heart, it could create around 20,000 vital jobs to Irish workers in a country that has suffered badly since the crisis in the banking system over the past couple of years. Although 8,600 jobs would be created by the companies who push cloud computing, another 11,000 jobs are expected to be created by 2,000 new small and medium enterprises who will save money in infrastructure costs.

Microsoft is pushing the Irish government to go ahead with the plans, even going so far as to say that the country could miss out on producing the next Facebook-like success if they don't move ahead with the plans quickly. While this could be true in both monetary terms and in the jobs that could be produced, we're sure Microsoft won’t go shortchanged either.

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