HP Extends Investment in OpenStack Cloud Services at Its Galway-based R&D Operation

HP Ireland today announced it will grow jobs through an investment in OpenStack cloud services at its new state-of-the-art facility in Ballybrit, Galway, which is currently under construction and due to be completed next year. 

This investment in Galway is part of the company’s plans to expand the global reach of the HP Helion portfolio of cloud products and services. The HP Cloud Research and Development (R&D) team in Galway played a large role in delivering HP’s public cloud—one of the largest OpenStack-based public clouds in the world.

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The team will continue in this role as it focuses on building the HP Helion portfolio of cloud products and services, also based on OpenStack technology—as well as Cloud Foundry™—and designed to enable organisations to build, manage and consume workloads in hybrid IT environments. 
As part of this investment, HP is adding approximately 100 high-tech jobs to its cloud R&D team in Galway. The jobs, which will range in scope and expertise level, are supported by the government through IDA Ireland. The new positions will assist HP’s enterprise customers with cloud planning, implementation and operational needs. Individuals recruited for these roles also will also become active members of the OpenStack community, contributing design blueprints, new code, bug fixes and code reviews. They also will engage quickly with HP enterprise customers seeking to deploy OpenStack clouds.

“Today’s announcement that HP is creating 100 additional jobs in Galway is a boost for Ireland and for the ICT sector in particular,” said An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, T.D. during a visit to HP’s global headquarters in Palo Alto, California “HP has consistently invested in and believed in Ireland over the past forty years. Today, the company is one of Ireland’s most valued investors and one of our foremost creators of highly skilled R&D jobs. ICT is a sector which we have specifically targeted as part of our Action Plan for Jobs and we have put in place a range of measures to support jobs growth in this area. Supporting foreign direct investment is a central part of our jobs recovery plan”

“Our customers are looking for open solutions, and to be able to create, deploy and manage IT workloads in hybrid cloud environments,” said Mark Gantly, managing director, HP Galway. “The technologies being developed here in our Galway R&D facility are at the forefront of HP’s OpenStack-based Helion program and will play a key role in future development of global cloud services from HP.”

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD added: “The announcement that HP is to create an additional 100 jobs in Galway, with support from my Department through the IDA, is a great boost. ICT is a sector which we have targeted as part of our Action Plan for Jobs and in recent years we have seen significant growth in this area. I wish HP every success with this project and look forward to working with them as they continue to develop their operations in Ireland”. 

“HP has been one of the largest and most significant investors in Ireland Inc, for the past 40 years,” said Barry O’Leary, chief executive officer, IDA Ireland. “Today’s announcement is another vote of confidence in Ireland’s ability to both provide and attract a strong technical workforce.”

HP has been a significant investor in R&D in Ireland in recent years. Today’s announcement also comes on the back of recent investments by HP in Belfast, where the company located its Global Centre of Software Engineering Excellence in 2012, as well as R&D investments in HP’s Leixlip facility.