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NetApp expands in Melbourne, launches global centre for excellence

NetApp expands in Melbourne, launches global centre for excellence


14 July 2010

Victoria is cementing its position as Australia’s ICT industry hub, with yet another company expansion that will create an additional 100 jobs in Melbourne, adding to the 2000 ICT jobs already created in the sector this year.

Australia's market leader for network storage and cloud computing, NetApp Australia, and its partners, will roll out its world-first Global Centre for Virtualisation Excellence and expand its Melbourne operations.

Peter O’Connor, Vice President for NetApp Australia and New Zealand, said NetApp Australia - which was recently ranked the best place to work in Australia by Business Review Weekly - was pleased to “help build Victoria’s home-grown talent”.

Victorian Premier John Brumby said this announcement comes on the back of more than 700 new jobs created through the National Broadband Network hub, secured in Melbourne a fortnight ago.

Thanks to other recent announcements from global companies such as VMware, Enex TestLab and Cutting Edge, speculation that Melbourne could overtake Sydney as Australia’s innovation capital is rife, with leading Australian news outlet itnews.com.au reporting on
Melbourne’s growing strength in ICT this week.

“Today’s announcement is another vote of confidence in Victoria’s highly skilled workforce, competitive tax system and supportive government,” Mr Brumby said.

“The new program will also see the establishment of NetApp’s world-first Global Centre for Virtualisation Excellence established in Melbourne – yet another reason why we are quickly being regarded as the ICT capital of Australia.

“This centre will be an important part of the project and will build Victoria’s home grown talent and further promote Victoria’s ICT excellence and intellectual incubation on the world stage.”

Mr O’Connor said the Global Centre is a key enabler for NetApp’s provision of services.

“It is the only centre of its kind in the world and helps to develop technologies and talent that will help take our customers forward into the next generation of technology efficiency and business breakthroughs.”

Victorian Minister for Information and Communication Technology John Lenders said around a quarter of all Australian ICT jobs are based in Victoria, with the sector generating $27.4 billion per year.
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