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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James Riske said,
I don't trust putting any amount of my data in the hands of Microsoft for any reason.

Pfft, I'd trust them before I'd trust other cloud vendors.

Microsoft don't care about what their customers' customers store in Azure, they are just concerned with ensuring compliance to US and other nations regulations regarding privacy and data security. I cannot say the same about other cloud providers who make a living off your data.

dotf said,

Pfft, I'd trust them before I'd trust other cloud vendors.

Microsoft don't care about what their customers' customers store in Azure, they are just concerned with ensuring compliance to US and other nations regulations regarding privacy and data security. I cannot say the same about other cloud providers who make a living off your data.

Pfft, trust a company that has broken the law many times if you want, that's your decision, I simply don't trust them with my data or anything else for that matter.

yea, right, the famous cloud will give jobs for everyones. And then they cut that jobs and put the ppl on the street in the blink of an eye.

Is this not great news for the US economy? Certainly not from my view, for a major US Corp to have it's CEO suck up to the President of USA one week to gain admitance to a state dinner with the leaders of China and then announce this outsourcing of jobs.

CustomComputers said,
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Big business have done it with manufacturing and now with IT.

Get used to living in a place with a standard of living too high to generate reasonable corporate returns.

Lachlan said,
umm i think there is a mistake.. Just read this somewhere else but they said 2,000 jobs, not 20,000

It has varied from each article but 90% say 8000 odd from cloud computing, 11000 from the new businesses it will help create

one thing about cloud computing is that the managing resources could be anywhere in the world. so the requirement for the local resources will decrease. Jobs will be moved to low cost locations as everyone would expect. if it could cut cost significantly, then cloud computing will be attrative to business owners but not employees.

rsvr85 said,
^^..... two of the most naive comments i've ever read!

How so ? if microsoft build a mega city sized data center certainly isn't going to just make 20,000 jobs.... maybe a few temporary ones to build it then maybe half a dozen to run it... data centers are like light bulbs don't take much to operate or manage it. There's plenty of news like this all over the world but it never happens because corporates run at lowest possible cost and aren't going to employ people just for sake of the economy unless they want some sort of influence but i doubt microsoft has much of a political agenda in Ireland.

Can be as optimistic as you like about it, it's just the reality of the world's status quo.

wat ? isn't part of cloud computings purpose to cut the need for it staff and resources... which in reality would be counter productive to "creating jobs" that aren't even there in the first place anyway....

flexkeyboard said,
oooooh boi, servers don't create and maintain themselves. At least not yet anyway...unless you're skynet.....?

worked with and visited about a dozen established datacenters here and in aussie ... generally most maintenance, support, sales, admin etc in most cases takes 2-3 people most i've seen is 5 working at any time in a data center and that was cause their network was screwing up and was new datacenter and had 2 extra engineers in for a few weeks to help sort it out. It only takes one person to fill a rack and plug it all in and make sure it's online, rest is done remotely....sometimes even install is done by the hardware owner.

This is talking physical servers... virtual ones have even less involvement in and they are foundation of 'cloud computing'. Managing them only requires a single sys admin so say a company who now has a whole I.T staff managing whole parts of a network would now require one man... is that really job creation ?

Digitalx said,
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How big were these data centers that you visited? Were they Azure scale data centers, because I'm sure they would take more maintenance than your average 1000core compute cluster.

FMH said,
What has Ireland got to do with Microsoft cloud computing program?

MIcrosoft has a lot of operations based in Ireland and likely place for an EU datacentre, due to tax breaks.
Also this is a report is from MS Ireland.

acnpt said,

MIcrosoft has a lot of operations based in Ireland and likely place for an EU datacentre, due to tax breaks.
Also this is a report is from MS Ireland.

...and let's not forget the huge debt that Ireland has fallen in to. I can imagine Microsoft getting a large incentive to base Euro operations there.