Cisco announced it will add 200 cloud jobs in the UK by 2017 and invest $2.5 million in European incubator Startupbootcamp in support of UK digital economy growth. The new employees will triple the size of the UK team of Cisco Meraki, and was announced at the company’s London office by Cisco UK CEO Phil Smith and UKSecretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Sajid Javid.
Cisco Meraki is the cloud controlled wifi, routing, and security hardware division created when Cisco purchased Meraki in late 2012.
“We see the move to digitize every business as a strong trend in the UK, and yet there are still huge opportunities to improve productivity by further use of digital technology,” Smith said. “That is why we are so excited about the investment and growth we are making in the UK and the kinds of skills, jobs and technologies it represents with this investment today.”
The investment in Startupbootcamp will provide Cisco with early access and insights into trends in markets outside the US, according to Computer Weekly. Cisco is also one of three companies behind the IDEALondon digital innovation community, and the company committed in July to investing $1 billion in the UK over the next three to five years in fostering startups, making acquisitions, and supporting skills development.
Cisco Meraki also received a boost this week from a patent victory in the US Federal Circuit, which said Cisco does not owe damages to Commil US. Commil had purchased a patent on technology for building Wifi networks with multiple access points, RCR Wireless News reports.