Microsoft sees Ireland as the future of Cloud Computing

Richard Bruton, Minister of Jobs, is calling out the Irish government to seize the opportunity and join in on rapidly growing Cloud Computing—an effort that could create billions of dollars and thousand of jobs for the Irish people by 2014.

At a conference in Dublin this week, Bruton announced that he has written to government colleagues to set up a group that strictly focuses on the implementation of the Programme for Government commitment on cloud computing.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s describes cloud computing as “a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.”

The cloud computing system has its strengths and weaknesses, but it is to be able to drop costs for information storing for many companies. The information does run a danger of being leaked or hacked, but offers the ability of information being reached efficiently from the cloud.

A recent report by Microsoft titled “Ireland’s Competitiveness and Jobs Opportunity: Cloud Computing,” found that the cloud computing market could be worth 40 billion EUR and a large portion—about 9 billion—would belong to Ireland. The report also showed that the new market could employ nearly 9,000 Irish peopleAccording to said the Epoch Times.

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Paul Rellis, managing director of Microsoft Ireland, said during the release of the report in January that “Cloud computing can be the new IFSC (International Financial Services Centre) if the incoming government moves quickly to implement the correct policy requirements to deliver it.”

Bruton said during his speech that the jobs will not be created overnight and that in order to have Ireland in a position of power in this situation the government needs to become involved and act with urgency.

As a leading user in IT, the government’s use of cloud computing could provide opportunities for businesses in this field to grow further in Ireland, which could be exactly what the country needs to boost up its economy.

“Government does not create jobs: growing businesses do, but government has a key role in creating the environment where those businesses can grow and create the jobs … with ambitious policies and determined action from government we can get jobs and growth back in the economy again,” said Mr. Bruton.