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Emc Aims to Tap the Best Brains in Computer Science

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Even though EMC Corp. makes some of the world's most advanced data-storage gear, the Hopkinton, Mass. company is going back to school. Late last month, EMC unveiled an alliance with the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. EMC will pay $200,000 a year for the next three years for insider access to the lab's research.

The company has also opened a new research center in Cambridge where EMC engineers will team up with computer scientists from MIT and other Boston-area universities. And EMC is joining with MIT, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Boston University, and Cisco Systems Inc. to build a $100 million advanced data center in Holyoke.

It's all part of a worldwide effort to tap the best brains in computer science, in hopes their advanced ideas will pay off in key markets like cloud computing, energy-efficient data centers, and personal data management.

From The Boston Globe
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