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AWS, a subsidiary of online giant Amazon, offers cloud services spanning computer power, database storage, content delivery and other functionality.

The announcement was made by Mike Beary, country manager for AWS in Ireland as the company officially opened its Shannon Building in Dublin.

“Today, we have more than 2,500 Amazon employees in Ireland supporting customers from Ireland and around the world,” said Mr Beary. “There is an abundance of talent in Ireland which helped us to exceed our talent growth targets ahead of schedule. Ireland is a great place to do business, the country’s creative culture and diverse pool of technical skills make it an ideal location for our rapidly expanding business.”

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar welcomed the news, saying it was a vote of confidence in the country. “The genius of Amazon is that it’s never finished changing and adapting,” he said. “By opening this building and announcing 1,000 jobs you are helping us meet our ambition to make dublin the tech capital of Europe. ”

 

He said the highly skilled full time jobs that Amazon had announced were exactly what ireland was looking for, and the company had played a role in developing Ireland’s data centre infrastructure.

Mr Varadkar said the presence of data centres in Ireland was a good thing, describing them as the backbone of the cloud revolution.

However he acknowledged that the construction of data centres was not universally welcomed.

“There is a balance to be struck and we need to take account of community concerns,” he said.

Among the roles being recruited for are engineers for software development, network development engineers, data centres, systems and support; solutions architects, security and big data specialists, DevOps Engineers, and technical management positions . The new jobs reflect Amazon’s growing investments in the country as a centre of excellence for software engineering, research, and customer services.

 

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