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EMC also gave a slight peek at what the company has in store in terms of upcoming new products.
Goulden said EMC expects to use next month's EMC World to unveil Project Thunder, which builds on the company's February introduction of VFCache PCIe Flash-based storage for use in servers. Project Thunder will take VFCache a step further by building the Flash-based storage into a networked appliance for improving overall storage performance, he said.
EMC also is planning to introduce a new version of its VMAX storage systems, which scale up to hundreds of thousands of Terabytes of storage and tens of millions of input/output operations per second.
Tucci said VMAX was introduced three years ago this month, and that customers are expecting higher-end versions. "The customers that are expecting that are not going to be disappointed," he said. "And it's going to happen soon."