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24 October, 2014 - 08:54 By Tony Quested

Solarflare engineers a jobs boom in Cambridge

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Cambridge-California networking technology business Solarflare has triggered an engineering jobs boom in the UK’s innovation capital and taken more space to accommodate the headcount surge. It represents an investment over 10 years of £2.96 million ($4.75m).

The company is almost doubling the size of its R & D headquarters in Cambridge due to the number of engineers it is seeking to hire on top of its current 70-strong headcount in the city.

The jobs-fest is down to expanding business across all its global markets and was flagged up by CEO Russell Stern in an exclusive interview with Business Weekly in May.

Solarflare, whose corporate HQ is in Irvine, California, is the pioneer in high-performance, low-latency 10GbE and 40GbE server I/O solutions. It is acknowledged as changing the way operating systems, applications and the hardware interact to allow computer networks to be faster, more responsive and more reliable.

The company had 7,000 sq ft at The Westbrook Centre but, through Savills, has taken the ground and part-first floor of the building to extend its space to 12,574 sq ft. It has taken a 10-year lease at £295,489 a year.

Solarflare’s architectural approach combines hardware and software to deliver high-performance adapter products and application-acceleration middleware for superior performance in a wide range of applications, including financial services, high-performance computing (HPC), cloud computing, storage and virtualised data centres. Our products are used globally by many of the world's largest companies.

Due to the success and growth of Solarflare products it is seeking up to two dozen extra engineers in Cambridge in various capacities – with possibly more in the pipeline.

The Cambridge jobs currently being advertised include engineers specialised in firmware, Linux device driver, software (SolarSecure and Onload) software application, software test engineers, graduate software engineers and technical authors.

The company has also been pondering options for an IPO and Stern told Business Weekly the company was being courted by all the major markets across the globe. It opened a New Delhi research facility earlier this year when it secured a 1,000th customer.

Stern says expansion in Cambridge will allow Solarflare to accommodate what he believed would be 50 per cent growth before the start of 2015.

“We’re seeing a dramatic increase in worldwide demand for our network applications and associated hardware platforms, so it has become critical for the company to accelerate the development of advanced technologies and speed the delivery of new products into the marketplace,” he said.

Solarflare’s expanding portfolio of security and monitoring solutions positions the company for new hyper-growth in Cloud, Big Data, Government, Security, and Telecommunications, says Stern. He said Solarflare was adding new customers at the rate of one every business day and continued to dominate the Ethernet market for low-latency, high-performance server network systems.

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