Details of the project, which is being supported with grant aid from IDA Ireland, will be announced later this month.
VMware is the software division of EMC, a data storage firm that already employs about 1,500 people in Cork and Dublin.
VMware was founded in 1998 and has grown quickly, recording revenues of $709 million last year. It employs about 3,000 people worldwide, so the new Cork operation will be a significant part of its international operations.
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