EMC World: David Goulden Lays Out EMC's Private, Public, Hybrid Cloud Strategy

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David Goulden at EMC World 2016.

IT departments need to modernize quickly to meet the demands of modern business or risk being left behind as their business managers take over the decision-making process.

That's the word from David Goulden, CEO of EMC Information Infrastructure, to a packed audience of channel partners and customers at EMC World, held this week in Las Vegas.

Goulden, one of Monday's primary keynote speakers, said that navigating business demands in the face of the Internet of Things and other major IT trends has customers placing a premium on agility, efficiency, and speed.

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However, he said, that will require a modernization of data center infrastructures, which are built around four key factors: flash storage, cloud-enabled, software-defined and scale-out.

About $3 trillion is spent on traditional IT systems a year, and a shift of only 10 percent of that away from infrastructure would make businesses much more agile, Goulden said. "And these savings would give us dollars to invest in the transition … to the Internet of Things data center," he said.

Businesses maintain a wide range of workloads that Goulden said could be divided into two main types: traditional workloads that are moving toward the cloud, and cloud-native workloads. The architecture between the two is different. "And what they need from the modern data center is different as well," he said.

EMC a couple of years ago made the decision to divide its business into two parts that recognize the two types of workloads, Goulden said. They included the Core Technology Division, which focuses on transforming existing applications, and the Emerging Technology Division, which focuses on cloud-native applications, he said.

On the core technology side, EMC is focused on the all-flash storage business, including its XtremIO all-flash array, the introduction early this year of an all-flash version of its high-end VMAX array, and this week's introduction of the midrange Unity all-flash array, Goulden said.

Equally important in transforming applications for modern data centers is data protection, where EMC's Data Domain hardware and virtual appliance line is the industry leader, Goulden said. EMC this week expanded its data protection capabilities with the new EMC Copy Data Protection Manager, a new offering for finding all the multiple copies of data in an enterprise to consolidate them to the minimum number of copies.

For cloud-native applications, EMC is offering a wide range of software-defined storage solutions, including its ScaleIO software-designed block storage solution and its new VxRail hyper-converged infrastructure solutions, Goulden said.

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