Technology giant IBM is to establish Europe's first Cloud Computing Centre at its innovation campus at Mulhuddart, in Co Dublin. The new centre, which is supported by IDA Ireland, will see the creation of 21 new jobs. Nine of these will be focused on research in the area of cloud computing.

Cloud computing involves people using a shared infrastructure to access IT services and is driven by the growth in recent years of technologies like social networking and streaming media.

IBM says the centre will serve as a European hub to provide research and services to a number of satellite facilities to be built in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

'The selection of Ireland as the location for IBM's European hub for Cloud Computing highlights Ireland's role as an important contributor to IBM's global research, development and innovation strategy,' commented the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Micheál Martin.

'The investment further establishes IBM Ireland's growing reputation as a high performance computing centre within IBM Corporation,' he added.