Keeping track of HP sites in Silicon Valley

This one kind of got  lost in the crush of other news, but it’s an interesting development for Hewlett-Packard here in Silicon Valley:

HP, which is in the process of closing its longtime campus in Cupertino, confirmed earlier this month that it will move the local operations of its PC division to the Sunnyvale complex on Maude Avenue that was once home base for Palm, the smartphone maker that HP bought in 2010.

The remaining Palm business, essentially a downsized webOS software group, is leaving Sunnyvale for smaller quarters in Cupertino – not to the old HP campus, but to the former offices of ArcSight, the security software company that HP acquired in a separate deal two years ago.

ArcSight, meanwhile, has moved to the new Moffett Towers office complex in Sunnyvale, where HP is consolidating several commercial software groups, including the recently acquired Fortify and some folks who were based at HP’s old Cupertino campus.

It’s all part of the ebb and flow for a huge tech conglomerate. The dominos started to fall back in 2010 when HP announced it no longer needed the old Cupertino campus. City records show that site housed about 3,000 employees last year, which is a lot less than the 4,600 who worked there in 2002. (HP officials, by policy, won’t confirm how many employees they have at any particular location.)

HP initially had said it would move most of the Cupertino workers to its under-utilized main campus  in Palo Alto. City records indicate HP’s Palo Alto workforce has also declined – from 3,400 in 2001 to about 2000 people last year. But members of the PC group seem pleased about the change of plans.

PC division chief Todd Bradley, who used to be CEO of Palm, described the Maude Avenue complex as offering “fresh, creative and inspirational workplace environments,” in an internal memo obtained by the webOS Nation blog, which first reported the move.

Meanwhile, HP has sold its 100-acre Cupertino campus to Apple, which plans to build a shiny new headquarters there for its own growing workforce.

Brandon Bailey writes about enterprise IT and other tech subjects. Contact him at or 408-920-5022.




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