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Sun Microsystems doubles workforce

February 16, 2011

By Staff Reporter

By Andrew Bushe

DUBLIN — American computer software company Sun Microsystems is to almost double the size of its strategic development center in Dublin during the next three years.

The $155 million development will generate 275 new engineering jobs, bringing the total number employed at the center to 600.

Sun develops software, hardware and services for internal networks and internet use.

The company’s president and chief operating officer, Ed Zander, said Ireland had an exceptional skills base and an excellent technological and telecommunications infrastructure.

The responsibilities of the East Point Business Park center’s include operating and networking systems development, web/desktop development, software localization and system testing.

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One of the company’s products is the Java software language that has over two and a half million developers and used by major corporations around the world.

Zander, whose wife is Irish, said the products that had come out of the Dublin center since they first set up seven years ago had contributed a lot to the company’s success.

Sun’s headquarters are in Palo Alto, Calif., and it has revenues in excess of $15 billion.

The company employs more than 34,000 people worldwide.

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