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Dell Aims To Boost Innovation With Silicon Valley R&D Center

Posted by Tom Foremski - April 5, 2011

Dell plans to employ as many as 1500 people at a new Dell Silicon Valley Research and Development Center and consolidate its N. California operations.

The company also wants to use the facility to tap into local talent, adding to already high local demand for engineers and other specialists.

Dell said that the following acquisitions will be consolidated in 240,000 square feet in two buildings in Santa Clara: Zing (Sunnyvale), Ocarina (San Jose), Scalent (Palo Alto), and Everdream (Fremont).

By the end of this year about 700 staff will be working there, growing to 1500 within the next five years.

"This will be a first-class facility that our current team members will enjoy and find to be an invigorating atmosphere," said Brad Anderson, senior vice president, Dell Enterprise Solutions Group. "We also want it to attract new and vital talent to help create industry-leading solutions for Dell's customers. Silicon Valley is a center of technological innovation and we are looking to tap the great talent pool here."

Dell is expected to make an announcement regarding new cloud services for businesses later this week.

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