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20 new jobs are to be created as part of Extreme Networks €3m investment to its Shannon R&D programme.

Headquartered in San Jose California, Extreme Networks is a software driven networking company. New positions are to be created in engineering, data science and software engineering over the next two years at their Shannon offices. On top of the company’s €3m investment to expand its R&D programme, the Irish Government are to provide additional funding in the form of a research, development, and innovation grant worth over €500,000.

Extreme Networks acquired Enterasys Networks in 2014, the company has been operating in the Shannon Free Zone for over twenty years and celebrated its tenth anniversary at the iconic Rineanna House last month.

Currently 52 people are employed by Extreme Networks in Shannon performing duties in finance, supply chain, IT and customer support. Many of the roles in Shannon have global responsibilities with a further 59 employees managed across North America, South America and Asia from the Shannon facility.

Developing a next-generation cloud portal for network applications and services plus a state of the art AI based security system for the Internet of Things (IoT) will be the focus of the newly established R&D team. The Shannon R&D base is part of a long-term strategy by Extreme Networks that will result in the creation of a substantial number of highly specialised engineering jobs in the region over the next five years.

Pat Breen TD, Minister of State at the Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation, said “This commitment from a leading tech innovator is evidence that Ireland is a great country for tech companies from around the world to invest in. We are looking forward to seeing the pioneering work that will come as a direct result of this investment.”

“This is a great announcement from a global technology leader. The investments will add significant value to the company’s R&D operations in Shannon, Co Clare, enabling research of ground-breaking technology solutions which will improve overall product performance and effectiveness. Extreme Networks commitment to Ireland has been exemplary and we warmly welcome this investment,” commented Anne-Marie Tierney-Le Roux, Regional Business Development Manager, IDA Ireland.

Chief Financial Officer with Extreme Networks, Rémi Thomas stated, “We are boosting the capabilities of our excellent R&D team in Europe to develop state-of-the-art solutions that will help our customers navigate these challenges.” Liam Kiely, Vice President of Product Strategy, Extreme Networks added, “We are incredibly excited about expanding our R&D footprint in Ireland, which further strengthens our presence in Europe. The grant from the Irish government, as well as the significant investment we are making ourselves, will provide a boost to our top-notch R&D team. The solutions they will be developing will be on the cutting-edge of cloud and AI-based network solutions, representing a major milestone for us as a company, our customers and the industry as a whole.”

Newmarket-on-Fergus native, Páraic McMahon is a freelance journalist and broadcaster currently working for numerous national and local publications including The Clare Echo, The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent, The Irish Times, RTÉ, TheJournal.ie, The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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