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Another analyst, in an indirect reference to rumors that EMC might acquire Isilon, also asked Tucci how clustered NAS technology fits in EMC's cloud strategy.
EMC is reportedly considering a $2 billion bid for Isilon, a developer of clustered, scale-out NAS technology.
Tucci responded that EMC already has a high-end NAS product in its Celerra product line, and has "solid" plans for NAS in the cloud. However, he declined to comment further.
"As always, I'd like to keep some surprises... But I can say we have a really solid plan for 2011," he said.