Technology company VMware is to create 205 new jobs in Ireland as it extends its presence in Dublin over the next three years.

The new jobs build on VMware's established operations in Ireland, which is already the third largest location for the company globally with more than 1,000 employees.

The firm opened its first Irish office in Cork in 2005.

VMware said it is drawing on the country's "highly skilled workforce", including engineers, project managers and graduate-level developers to drive further global innovation around its multi-cloud platform and the way businesses consume cloud services.

It added that is has appointed Andrei Grigoriev, Vice President of Engineering, to lead the team in Ireland.

The new investment here is supported by IDA Ireland.

While the team will have a hub in Dublin, the new VMware workers will have the opportunity to "anywhere working", which the business believes maximises productivity, morale, performance and team cohesion.

By offering the opportunity to work remotely, VMware said it hopes to attract leading talent across Ireland.

"Ireland is an important geography for VMware and our commitment to recruit more than 200 talented technologists to bolster our multi-cloud innovation is testament to the exceptional talent pool Ireland provides," commented Kit Colbert, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, VMware.

Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland, said that by establishing its new engineering hub, enterprise tech leader VMware is adding a new strategic R&D mandate to Ireland.

"This demonstrates the company's confidence both in our local talent and in Ireland's ability to deliver next-generation, core technology for VMware. This investment by VMware is very welcome, and IDA Ireland offers its ongoing support to the team," Mr Shanahan said.

Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar said that VMware's decision to expand is an incredible achievement and a great boost to efforts to reach historic employment levels in this country.

"Over 200 new jobs will be created by 2025, and I’m particularly pleased to see VMware offering the option to work remotely," he added.

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath said the creation of over 200 highly skilled roles is clear demonstration of the confidence that VMware has in Ireland as an international destination of choice for major investment by firms in the technology sector.

"VMware's products and services are part of a global transformation of how we live and work, creating new and exciting interconnections for businesses and firms across the world and I wish them continued success in their Irish and international operations," Minister McGrath added.