Ireland gets €5m cloud computing research centre

A new research centre at Dublin City University (DCU) will focus on tackling businesses' cloud challenges.

A new €5m centre that will conduct research into cloud computing has been opened in Dublin.

The government-funded Irish Centre for Cloud Computing and Commerce (IC4) has been established at Dublin City University (DCU) to speed up the development and adoption of cloud technology in Ireland and create jobs within the IT sector.

IC4 is also supported by Irish business development body Enterprise Ireland, and IDA Ireland, an organisation which looks to attract foreign investment to Ireland. The two organisations' client companies have set the research agenda for the company over the next three to five years.

The research that IC4 will produce "should be relevant to a large number of Irish bases companies interest in migrating their business to the cloud," according to the Department for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.

The centre will bring together researchers from computing, business, and law who will work on on challenges and opportunities identified by industry. Microsoft, Fujitsu, Intel and IBM are on the centre's industry panel.

DCU will collaborate with University College Cork and Athlone Institute of Technology, as well as overseas institutions, such as UWE and Pepperdine University, among others.