Oracle to Hire 100 for Cloud Development Center in Seattle

7/24/14Follow @bromano

Oracle is the latest technology giant to set up shop in Cloud City, WA—also known as Seattle—in search of talented engineers.

The Redwood Shores, CA, enterprise IT giant is planning to hire 100 engineers to staff a new Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Development Center in downtown Seattle. It will be led by Craig Kelly and Don Johnson, and tasked with building new cloud computing services.

Earlier this year, HP outlined plans to hire more than 100 new Seattle engineers in support of a new cloud computing push, centered here and led by former Microsoft executive Bill Hilf.

We don’t know exactly where Microsoft will make its job cuts over the coming months—probably not in cloud computing—but the tech economy here continues to thrive with new players attracted by the region’s skilled workforce, creating potential opportunities for those laid off.

Oracle (NYSE: ORCL) has a 17,000-square-foot space in Century Square, a few blocks away from Pike Place Market.

“By opening this state-of-art facility, we are equipped to aggressively build out new cloud services,” Oracle vice president Prashan Ketkar says in a statement. “Seattle has a deep pool of talented engineers with its rich history of innovation and is the perfect location for us to harness that talent in order to accelerate our cloud investments.”

It apparently goes without saying that Seattle is also a metropolis of sophisticated beauty and political freedom.

Benjamin Romano is editor of Xconomy Seattle. Email him at bromano [at] xconomy.com. Follow @bromano

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