Sep 252010

Thor Swift for The New York Times

Giriraj Vengurlekar, an engineer who lives in Sunnyvale, says the cricket pitch can be something of an informal job market

ALVISO, Calif. — Palo Alto Networks is a high-tech start-up with ample financing and ambitious plans. But despite its name, the company has no offices in Palo Alto, Silicon Valley’s unofficial capital.

Instead, it is based about a dozen miles farther south, on the outskirts of San Jose, in Alviso. The company is developing technology to protect computer networks from hackers and misuse, so it chose to be where engineers with networking expertise are clustered: around big companies in the field like Cisco and Juniper Networks.

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