Dell has announced plans to create 150 IT jobs in Ireland, with a new cloud research and development (R&D) centre in Dublin and a new business solutions centre in Limerick.

The new R&D centre will focus on developing OpenStack-based technology, storage-as-a-service and software-as-a-service solutions.

The Dell Solution Centre will be based at the IT company’s campus in Limerick, and is part of Dell’s  previously-announced plans to invest $1 billion globally in new technology solutions and services. Customers will be able to use the centre for proof of concept testing and architectural design workshops based on their business needs.

In 2009, Dell laid off around 1,900 workers at a factory in Limerick, and moved the manufactoring operations to Lodz, Poland.

Dell will be recruiting across both sites over the next two years. The jobs will include software engineers, IT architects, and developers.

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The Dell announcement follows recent news that US IT identity and security solutions provider Mycroft was also establishing a cloud-based technology operations centre in Waterford in Ireland. It is set to lead to the creation of 50 IT jobs, which will focus on activities including technical support, R&D and the development of new cloud-based IT identity and security solutions.

Meanwhile, Micro Focus UK is recruiting for 72 jobs at its Belfast, Northern Ireland facility, as part of plans to increase its workforce to 120 by 2014. The roles available will include software development support and sales, and are being created with funding from Invest NI.