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VMware growth

Quoting from MetroWest Daily News

VMware, an independent subsidiary of Hopkinton-based EMC Corp., has expanded into a larger office in Cambridge where it will soon employ up to 175 people.

The Palo Alto, Calif.-based virtualization software company moved its 50-person Massachusetts unit from a 17,000-square-foot Cambridge facility, where "we were overflowing," into a 50,000-square-foot office earlier this month, said Julia Austin, senior director of research and development and site director for VMware's Cambridge office.
The new space at 5 Cambridge Center -- a first-class, mid-rise office building in Kendall Square -- can hold 250 people, and VMware has an option to expand into an additional 17,000 square feet, Austin said.

"Being on the East Coast for us is really important, and there's a lot of talent on the East Coast, people who don't want to live in California," Austin said. "We're doing a lot of collaborative research with MIT, Harvard, Boston University, Northeastern, and Columbia and Brown."

Austin said some people "who are homesick" would transfer from VMware's California office to Cambridge. VMware employs about 2,000 people worldwide.
The Cambridge office, where VMware is shifting some product development operations, employs 60 people now and will be adding up to 115 by the end of next year, for a total of up to 175, Austin said.
VMware's virtualization software basically allows companies to run various operating systems, such as UNIX, Linux and Windows, on the same piece of computer hardware. The "virtual computers" run independently and don't affect one another. VMware is also working on virtualization software for Apple Computer's operating system.
Although EMC acquired VMware in 2004 for $625 million, the software company still functions separately from the data-storage giant with its own marketing, sales, research and development and other company departments.
Austin said the proximity to EMC's offices in Hopkinton "is important for collaboration," since VMware will be working on storage development. But VMware also partners with EMC competitors.
VMware reported $387.5 million in sales last year, about 4 percent of EMC's overall 2005 revenue of $9.66 billion.

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Published Monday, September 04, 2006 6:05 PM by David Marshall
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