ComputerWorld covered srael’s world leading technologies for flash storage. International conglomerates are scouting Israeli companies for the next breakthrough technology, as evidenced by EMC’s recent acquisition of XtremeIO.
According to the article: Israel has long been a nation that draws in big corporate R&D facilities and acquisitions. Microsoft and Cisco both built their first non-U.S. R&D facilities there, for instance. Google has two R&D centers in Israel now; Intel has four. Intel also has two manufacturing facilities there that employ 7,000 workers. Motorola‘s largest development center is also located in Israel.
In 2010-2011, Israel was ranked No. 1 in the world in terms of the quality of its scientific research institutions by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum. It also ranked seventh in its capacity for innovation.
ComputerWorld interviews Orna Berry, formerly the chief scientist of Israel’s Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Labor, currently general manager of EMC’s Center of Excellence (COE) facility in Beersheba, Israel. Berry is quoted: Because of Israel’s diminutive size and its location, technological innovation is more a matter of “life and death…many of the technologies, if we don’t invent them, we also [could not] buy them. It’s a political issue. Consequently, we often need to be self-sufficient in certain technologies. On the other hand, being first to market often gives us an opportunity to have a place in the market.”
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