Press Release 03 Feb 2012 Cork, Friday, 3rd February, 2012 - EMC, the US technology multinational that employs 2,500 people in Ireland, told the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, that Ireland can become a global hub for cloud computing and big data if the Government continues to invest in innovation and high-quality jobs. During a visit by the Taoiseach to EMC’s Centre of Excellence in Ovens, Co Cork, Bob Savage, Vice-President and Managing Director of EMC Ireland, said Ireland is at the leading edge of a new wave in global information communications technology (ICT). ‘We are now moving into the information economy where jobs can be created, risks avoided and lives improved by exciting developments in ICT - and Ireland can lead this revolution if we continue to invest in the innovation ecosystem that connects enterprise, central Government, higher education institutions and the State agencies,’ said Mr Savage. The Taoiseach said ICT and cloud computing would be pillars of Irish enterprise and jobs policy and recognised the success of EMC with its strong commitment to innovation, high-quality jobs and new technology. ‘EMC is a leader in global ICT and, with 2,500 people employed in Ireland, it is a key player in our cluster of US multinationals, developing innovative products and services for world markets and positioning Ireland as the vanguard of growth areas such as cloud computing and big data. ‘EMC is making a critical contribution to economic recovery in Ireland, keeping us ahead of the curve in emerging sectors in global ICT and improving our capacity to attract further foreign direct investments and create high-quality jobs for our people. 'New and continuing supports for ICT and cloud computing research, education and promotion are part of the Government's plan to make Ireland the best small country in the world to do business,’ said the Taoiseach. Mr Savage paid tribute to the Taoiseach for supporting EMC’s growth in Ireland and the wider enterprise sector with sustained investment in science, technology and innovation. The chief executive of IDA Ireland, Barry O’Leary, said EMC was a leading multinational employer in Ireland’s buoyant ICT sector. ‘Ireland has one of the highest concentrations of ICT activity and jobs in the OECD and EMC’s operations here helps position Ireland as a leader in cloud computing and big data, to gain first-mover advantage in the growth areas of data analytics, predictive analysis, data mining and business intelligence,’ said Mr O’Leary. EMC employs 2,500 people in Ireland, of whom almost 2,000 work in the Centre of Excellence which is spread across 600,000 square feet. EMC owns RSA Security in Shannon, Co Clare, and VMware in Ballincollig, Co Cork. Over the past 24 years, the Ovens plant has evolved from a basic manufacturing facility into a world-class Centre of Excellence, with 28 business functions developing products and services that help store, manage, protect and analyse information in a more agile, trusted and cost-efficient way. Earlier, the Taoiseach presented Mr Savage with an award from the Ballincollig Business Association in recognition of EMC’s ‘outstanding contribution to the community’. The Ballincollig Business Association Business Awards is an annual event that recognises local companies’ achievements across a range of categories. The Taoiseach congratulated Mr Savage on his award, saying Ballincollig had an ‘admirable tradition of hard work, enterprise and community spirit’. The chairperson of Ballincollig Business Association, Micheál Ó'Crualaoí, said EMC was an ‘intrinsic part of the Ballincollig community’.