A couple of weeks ago, it was in the news that Dell was going to purchase EMC. This was big news around where I live, because EMC is a really employer and is based in Hopkinton, very close to here. The first news story was followed pretty quickly by the story that the deal was complete, and I haven’t seen a lot about local impact since before the news was confirmed, but I expect there will be a bit after more details have come out. EMC had been looking for a buyer for a while, and the two companies don’t have a lot of overlap in terms of what they do, but these things always lead to layoffs and to selloffs of assets.
EMC is one of the biggest employers in the area. They own a fair amount of real estate in Westborough, Southborough, and Hopkinton, or did at one point, and I wonder if the combined company will be wanting to keep it. From what I’ve heard, lots of people have thought for some time that they ought to spin off RSA and VMWare again. RSA is also a local company, so that will affect people around here, too.
I wonder how many people who worked for Data General are still there—EMC bought DG in the 1990s sometime—and never thought they’d work at a computer company again?