US tech company NetApp will open its international headquarters in Cork, employing up to 500 people by 2025.

Recruitment will begin immediately and will take place in phases, with the company adding roles of engineers, business operations and finance.

The company, which employs 11,000 people worldwide, provides its customers with hybrid cloud data and data management services. It is looking to expand its operations internationally, a strategy the Irish office will help support. The exact location of the office is still under discussion, with a shortlist of five locations.

NetApp is headquartered in California, United States, with a network of offices around the world, including Australia, Russia, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, Netherlands, and Germany. The Cork-based international headquarters will be responsible for supporting the growth of the business outside of the United States.

Business growth

“There are two major trends in the market, the cloud and digital transformation. NetApp’s strategy is to continue to grow our business and expand our international presence, as well as expand engineering talent, ”said Marc Montiel, NetApp’s vice president of business for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

“For this reason, we have decided to establish our international headquarters in Ireland. We went through a long process to find the best location. When we looked at the different ecosystems we thought Ireland was the best for us.

Attractive factors were the level of graduates in the Irish labor market, as well as the presence of companies in the NetApp ecosystem in Ireland. Google, Microsoft, and Intel have all settled here, along with most of the top 10 software companies, some of which work with NetApp.

The company continued to strengthen its activities, even as the Covid-19 pandemic continued. This is due to the trend of digital transformation which has accelerated as businesses have been forced to find new ways to keep their businesses operational during the restrictive measures to try to slow the spread of the virus.

“We have benefited from the acceleration of the digital transformation that we have experienced during the recovery. For NetApp, this was an opportunity to show our customers that we can help them accelerate the transformation, ”said Mr. Montiel.

“Before Covid, some companies told us that it would take them years to go through this digital transformation, but because of Covid, they had to step up.

“If you look at NetApp over the last three or four quarters, we’ve had some really good numbers, very strong numbers. “

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