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China Cashes In on Storage Vendors

EMC, VMware, and Cisco all announced plans to pump money and resources into China today, underlining that country's growing importance in the storage market.

This morning, EMC opened an R&D facility in Beijing, and revealed plans to double its annual investment in China, targeting $1 billion a year by 2012.

EMC already has an R&D center in Shanghai, which is home to around 250 EMC employees, and CEO Joe Tucci announced plans to recruit an additional 200 in Beijing during a press conference in the Chinese capital earlier today. In total, the vendor expects to employ around 1,000 people across China by the end of this year. The Beijing facility is located in an area called Zhong Guan Cun, which is known as China's Silicon Valley.

In a statement released this morning, EMC said the Beijing R&D center will focus on technologies such as content management, archiving, security, and virtualization.

EMC spinoff VMware is also getting in on this act, identifying its own window of opportunity in the world's most populous country. Six months after setting up its own 35-person R&D team in Beijing, the virtualization vendor plans to increase its presence in China to 350 by 2009, according to media reports today.

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