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Insurance companies will eventually adopt such a system, and give customers the chance to opt out, although such customers will likely pay higher rates. "It's coming," EMC's Tucci said.
The heart of EMC's strategy is to build the technology that will allow businesses to build software-defined data centers, a strategy that depends very much on partnerships, he said.
Such a strategy will make it possible to pool compute, storage and networking resources in such a way that they present a consistent infrastructure to applications. Those applications would tell the infrastructure what service-level agreement, security and data retention policies, and performance it needs, and the infrastructure would respond by providing it, he said.
For that strategy to work, EMC must remain open to partnering, Tucci said. That includes partnering with potential rivals such as Oracle, where he said the approach to cloud computing is focused more on building infrastructure specific to that company's applications, he said. "If you don't leave room for others to be successful and prosper, why would they partner with us," he said.
Partnering on many fronts is important to EMC, a company that is focused much more on product development than on services, Tucci said.
"The hallmark of a successful company in IT is you gotta partner," he said. "And we tell our services partners, here, you do it. And we take our precious resources and invest them in product development."