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EMC’s top executive on Monday laid out his company’s vision for cloud computing, calling storage a primary driver and virtualization the key technology of cloud adoption while emphasizing the importance of working with partners, even other storage vendors.
Joe Tucci, EMC chairman and CEO, used his EMC World keynote to address how the increasing amounts of data stored, and the complexity of storing it, will require customers adopt cloud computing to make that data readily accessible.
That storage complexity is why the time for cloud computing has come, Tucci said.
Currently, customers spend an average of 72 percent of their IT dollars on maintaining their current infrastructures, and only 28 percent on innovation. And of that 28 percent, part is spent on tying innovation to existing technology, Tucci said.
“Your are managing a lot more with the same or fewer resources,” he said.
At the same time, however, the amount of data stored is booming. Tucci, citing a new IDC white paper, said the amount of data being generated per year was only 0.8 zetabytes in 2001, but will reach 35.2 zetabytes by 2020. A zetabyte is about 1 trillion GB of data.
That data is coming from such areas as mobile video and medical imaging, Tucci said. For instance, in the medical space, MRI machines are taking more slices of data with more detail than ever, and an increasingly large number of people will have their DNA sequenced for personal healthcare, he said.
“Obviously, we need a new approach ... Enter the cloud,” he said.
Data centers today are incredibly reliable, scalable, and secure, but have multiple incompatible architectures including mainframes, Unix, PCs, Windows, and Linux, and applications typically grab their own storage, server, and networking infrastructure, Tucci said.
But what customers are demanding is a dynamic, cost-efficient, flexible, and on-demand way to use those resources, which can be done using cloud-based infrastructures, Tucci said.
“We are going to take the best of both worlds and bring them together with no sacrifices,” he said.
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