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EMC's Goulden also provided an update on sales of the company's VSPEX reference architecture.
He said EMC solution providers have sold over 3,600 VSPEX-based systems since it was introduced in April 2012.
"In other words, in less than half the time, we have more systems installed than another less flexible reference architecture that's been on the market for several years. ... With over one-third of the VSPEX systems sold in Q2 alone, this is clearly gaining momentum," he said.
That "less flexible reference architecture" Goulden referred to was likely the joint NetApp-Cisco FlexPod reference architecture.
Brendon Howe, vice president for products and solutions marketing at EMC arch-rival NetApp, said NetApp has previously stated that FlexPod has been implemented in about 2,400 customers in over 45 countries, and that over 900 channel partners worldwide partner on FlexPod.
"I find it interesting that EMC will announce the number of VSPEX systems shipped, but not the number of customers," Howe said.