Dell to Open New Silicon Valley-based R&D Facility, Consolidate Acquisitions into One Location

Dell Inc. said that it will open a new research and development center in California's Silicon Valley to support its technology solutions in networking design, storage and cloud computing.

The vendor said that over the next several quarters it will fold the operations of a number of Northern California companies it has acquired, including Zing, Ocarina, Scalent and Everdream, into some 240,000 square feet of leased space in two adjacent buildings in Santa Clara, CA. 

The campus also will house customer solutions and briefing centers, Dell said.

Dell said that it will begin occupying the space in the second half of this year and that by the end of the year about 700 of its employees will work there. The vendor said that it expects the center to house a workforce of some 1,500 people in 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, Dell senior vice president, Enterprise Solutions Group. 

"We also want it to attract new and vital talent to help create industry-leading solutions for Dell's customers," he said. "Silicon Valley is a center of technological innovation and we are looking to tap the great talent pool here."

Accordingly, Dell said that it currently is recruiting engineering and software development personnel for the facility and expects to hire "several hundred new team members" to fill jobs in engineering, sales and marketing, and service. 

This is the second such facility that Dell recently has opened, last month initiating a similar center in Ra'anana Israel. 

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