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EMC Adding Big Data Center Plus 400 Jobs: A Cloud Hub?

Five weeks ago, EMC said it would add 400 jobs in Research Triangle Park over five years. Three weeks ago, it announced its new Atmos Online Compute Service. And yesterday it bought a 450,000 square-foot warehouse in RTP to serve as a data center and R&D facility. If we triangulate in the Triangle, could that mean that mean EMC will base its new Atmos cloud business there?

Five weeks ago, EMC said it would add 400 jobs in Research Triangle Park over five years. Three weeks ago, it announced its new Atmos Online Compute Service. And yesterday it bought a 450,000 square-foot warehouse in RTP to serve as a data center and R&D facility. If we triangulate in the Triangle, could that mean that mean EMC will base its new Atmos cloud business there?First, the jobs: EMC is seeking tax and other financial incentives that could total $10 million for the 400 new jobs, which would be added over five years in Research Triangle Park, according to a Triangle Business Journal article:

Massachusetts-based EMC Corp. already employs more than 900 people in North Carolina. The 397 new jobs will pay an average salary of $73,325 per year, the governor's office said in a statement. The state Economic Investment Committee has awarded the firm a Job Development Investment Grant that could be worth as much as $7.4 million if the company meets all of the incentives criteria.

Durham city and county officials will vote on local incentives in coming weeks, and the project is contingent upon the approval of those incentives. Another $2.48 million could be added to the state's Industrial Development Fund for infrastructure improvements in economically distressed counties as a result of the incentives deal.

Next, the warehouse: EMC announced the purchase of the facility yesterday, according to an earlier Triangle Business Journal story:

Data management company EMC Corp. has purchased a 450,000-square-foot warehouse building in Durham for $22.6 million. EMC Corp., which in September announced a $280 million expansion plan in the Triangle over the next five years . . . . EMC Corp. plans to construct a new data center and research and development lab totaling 260,000 square feet of space within the Essex building in the Imperial Center business park.

And third, the new Atmos compute service, which is a complement to its Atmos storage service, a more-traditional business for EMC. Here's a description of the new service from a DataCenterKnowledge.com article:

It wasn't surprising that storage powerhouse EMC got into the cloud storage business. But the company is now offering a VMware-based service to offer compute capacity in the cloud, a niche currently dominated by the EC2 platform from Amazon Web Services.

The Atmos Online Compute Service will provide instant access to virtual servers running in EMC's data centers. The cloud compute service is designed to work seamlessly with EMC's Atmos Online Storage Service, much like the relationship between EC2 and the Amazon S3 storage cloud.

Here's how EMC describes its new Atmos compute service:

EMC Atmos Online Compute Service is an Internet-consumable solution that provides instant access to an unlimited number of virtual servers. It enables Enterprises to streamline application delivery and increase productivity in a frictionless environment. Use EMC Atmos Online Compute Service and EMC Atmos Online Storage Service together to process massive amounts of information, without the headaches of hardware.

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