All this is possible because, starting in 2009, more applications are being deployed on virtual infrastructures than on physical infrastructure, Tucci said. "It is quite clear that virtualization is the fundamental building block of the cloud," he said.
When it comes to the storage part of cloud computing, EMC is the industry's largest vendor both in terms of storage for enterprise applications like Microsoft Exchange and for "big data," which includes huge customer datasets that are being measured in terms of petabytes, Tucci said.
For "big data," which Tucci called the fastest-growing part of the storage market, EMC offers its Atmos technology for distributed infrastructures and its Isilon technology for massive scale-out requirements.
EMC is uniquely positioned to be the primary technology provider for building cloud computing infrastructures thanks to what Tucci called EMC's cloud credentials.
For instance, he said, EMC is the number one virtualization vendor thanks to VMware. It is also the number one provider of data storage technology; information protection technology including backup, recovery, and archiving; information security for data both at rest and in motion thanks to its RSA Security business; and information management and intelligence.
Looking back, Tucci said EMC did a good job of following through on the vision for cloud computing it first presented at its last Strategic Forum, which was held two years ago.
At the time, EMC was just starting to talk about the importance of public and private clouds, which back then were referred to as external and internal clouds, Tucci said. The company was just starting to move VMware's vSphere to become a cloud operating system and making VMware the platform for cloud applications and developing new applications. And EMC was also just starting to talk about the importance of security to cloud computing, he said.
"This is what we talked about at the 50,000-foot flyby," he said. "The good news is, we got most of it right."