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EMC celebrates 35 years at RTP with technology that transforms IT departments into clouds



Celebrating its 35th anniversary in the Research Triangle Park, EMC has evolved from its early days as a data storage company to an industry leader in cloud computing and Big Data. Our company was established in RTP in 1977 as Data General (acquired by EMC in 1999) began developing operating systems with just 20 engineers and a support staff. Those 20 engineers soon turned into 400 UNIX OS developers.

By 1990, Data General was attracting a host of third-party vendors including Oracle, Informix, SAP, and many others ready to support applications on UX. In 1999, EMC and Data General joined forces, and Data General made the shift from operating systems to data storage.

EMC has continued to diversify its technology portfolio with R&D investments in the Unified Storage Division’s EMC Symmetrix VNX data storage systems, the Backup and Recovery Systems Division’s EMC Avamar and Data Domain products, and RSA data security and protection software products—all being developed in RTP.

The company recently opened the Durham Center of Excellence, a 450,000 square foot facility that houses research and development labs and our state-of-the-art data center—a showcase for technology customers embarking on their own journeys to cloud computing. And with manufacturing facilities in nearby Apex, it’s clear that EMC has committed to a growing presence in North Carolina.

We recognize that staffing a technology company like ours today—and in the future— is becoming increasingly more difficult as students choose careers outside the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) curricula. To reverse this trend, EMC focuses community outreach initiatives on programs promoting STEM education. The company is also an active participant in the Students@ Work program, an initiative developed by First Gentleman Robert Eaves to connect businesses throughout the state with middle school students to expose them to careers in these fields.

EMC also partners with Citizens Schools to expand the learning day for disadvantaged children across the country by teaching electrical engineering robotics and sales apprenticeships. This year, six members of the EMC Apex team won Durham’s “Volunteers of the Year” award for their continuous support for seven consecutive semesters. “It is critical to the long-term success of our business and to the economic growth of our region that our students understand the opportunities available to them through study of science, technology, engineering, and math,” says Bob Hawkins, EMC vice president of North Carolina Operations.

One of EMC’s newest initiatives is the VEX Robotics Competition, a collaboration between local schools and EMC engineering mentors. Robert Trawick, RSA senior manager of engineering and Panther Creek High mentor, explains, “Since our involvement, EMC has provided equipment and mentors to set up teams, develop mechanical and software designs, and compete locally, state wide, and even nationally.”

This year, one of EMC’s sponsored Panther Creek HS students took home the NC Regional Competition prize and competed in Nashville, Tennessee, at the National Conference. The regional competition hosted 40 robots, 11 of them sponsored by EMC. Eileen Twomey, EMC Human Resources, is especially proud of a workforce that so readily volunteers to support our local students, and explains, “As an industry leader in cloud computing and Big Data, EMC believes in giving back to the educational community that so openly accepts it.”

EMC has been voted one of RTP’s “Best Places to Work” for the past seven years. We thank all of our North Carolina EMC employees for their hard work and dedication over the past three decades and look forward to the next 35 years!

Company Profile

Company name: EMC Corporation
Year Founded: 1979
Street address: 176 South Street,
Hopkinton, MA
Phone: 508-435-1000
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