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EMC World

Contributor(s): Sarah Wilson

EMC World is an annual user conference held by enterprise storage, cloud and virtualization vendor EMC Corp. The conference started life as the EMC Enterprise Wizards Conference in New Orleans in 2001 and was later renamed. For 10 years, the event was alternately held in Boston, Orlando, Florida, and New Orleans. Since 2011, the event has been held in Las Vegas.

Keynote presentations are typically given by top EMC executives, who announce product upgrades, new releases and other company-related updates. In addition, EMC World attendees are offered a variety of breakout sessions during the conference, ranging from product demonstrations, to lectures about emerging technologies and user panels. Attendees have the opportunity to learn about additional vendors and sponsors at the solutions expo portion of the event.

Recent developments

At EMC World 2015, the vendor launched a high-end Data Domain backup product, upgraded its all-flash XtremIO platform and launched new hyper-converged systems under its VCE converged systems division.

At EMC World in 2016 -- the first EMC conference following news of Dell's plans to acquire EMC -- announcements included the Unity all-flash system, the eCDM copy data management platform and Virtustream public cloud. Michael Dell appeared at EMC World 2016 alongside outgoing EMC CEO Joe Tucci. Dell revealed during a keynote session that the combined companies would be known as Dell Technologies, and that the enterprise storage and server division would be called Dell EMC.

EMC World 2016 closing perspectives

In this EMC World 2016 wrap-up video, Carol Sliwa asked data storage experts their impressions about the annual tradeshow.

EMC said on the final day of EMC World 2016 that the show would continue in 2017 following Dell's $67 billion acquisition.

This was last updated in July 2016

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