Emulex strengthens NZ Uni ties to develop global talent pool

“Our team in New Zealand has created industry-leading solutions for network visibility systems and software."

Network connectivity provider Emulex has continued its partnership with local universities in New Zealand, designed to develop its next generation of engineering talent for the company’s research and development (R&D) centres in Auckland and Hamilton.

This investment is made possible in part by the Callaghan Innovation Research and Development (R&D) Student Grants that are part of the Company’s heritage in the region.

In 2013, Emulex acquired Endace, a New Zealand based provider of network visibility systems and software to enable security and operations management of networks, which began as a University of Waikato project.

The company has been developing new engineering talent and careers in New Zealand since it was founded in 2001 and Emulex is continuing this benefaction tradition with its New Zealand-based university Intern program.

“Emulex is a global organisation and we are developing a global talent pool,” says Ali Hedayati, senior vice president and general manager, Network Visibility Products, Emulex.

“Our team in New Zealand has created industry-leading solutions for network visibility systems and software.

"Last year, we had seven participants in the Callaghan Innovation R&D Student Grant Programme and two became full-time employees.

“We have eight participants this year and look forward to the opportunity for some of these bright young individuals to join the team this year.

“As we move forward, our team in New Zealand will be deeply involved in developing our next generation of software-based application and network performance solutions for the enterprise, cloud and telco markets, further broadening the reach of our Network Visibility Products (NVP) division.”

The Emulex NVP division, created by the acquisition of Endace, has a long and successful history of working with the New Zealand Government and Callaghan Innovation to build work-class technology and develop employment in New Zealand.

Callaghan Innovation Development Grants support undergraduate and postgraduate students in gaining and developing their technical skills in a commercial research environment, while bringing new talent and capabilities to New Zealand businesses.

To be eligible for R&D Student Grants, companies like Emulex must have an active R&D program in New Zealand, a resident New Zealand director and provide mentoring and management of the project on which the students are working.

“Callaghan Innovation’s R&D Grants are aimed at boosting the level of business R&D spend in New Zealand, which in turn helps create higher quality, higher income jobs for New Zealanders,” adds Toby Litton, Callaghan Innovation National Manager Customer Management.

“Our R&D Student Grants programme continues to provide students with valuable commercial experience working on cutting edge technology and providing R&D active companies such as Emulex with the capability to grow.”