Keysight issues update on Santa Rosa firestorm

Nov. 2, 2017

Keysight Technologies has issued an update on the Santa Rosa firestorm:

“Beginning on the night of October 8, wildfires burned through parts of the city of Santa Rosa and surrounding areas. The Tubbs fire entered Keysight Technologies’ Santa Rosa campus, damaging company buildings and destroying two structures. More than 120 Keysight employees lost their homes, and hundreds were displaced.

“A portion of Keysight’s archives were housed in one of the buildings destroyed in the Tubbs Fire. Many items in the Keysight archives were not affected by the fire because they were situated in other parts of the Santa Rosa facility that sustained only minor damage, housed in other sites around the world, or are digitally preserved.

“Keysight has received questions about whether the archives were properly stored at its Santa Rosa facility. Keysight met and exceeded the strictest standards for archival protection, including guidelines set by the United Nations and the Library of Congress. Adhering to these strict archival standards could not protect these artifacts from the most damaging fire in state history.

“We are saddened by the loss of historical documents authored by our visionary founders Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard. This is a tremendous loss to Hewlett-Packard, Agilent Technologies and Keysight, as well as a loss to all of Silicon Valley. We are heartened, however, by the fact that a significant portion of the archives was not impacted by the fire. We are also very happy that all our 1,500 employees located in the Santa Rosa area survived.”

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