EMC's Meaning of Life?

Remember the Mr. Creosote scene in Monty Python's "The Meaning of Life?"

He's dressed up in pounds of prosthetic fat, his waist five feet in diameter, and he's throwing up. We're talking high-pressure projectile vomit that's splattering everywhere. In the end, after a full meal of everything on the menu plus several crates of ale, the waiter asks, "Would you like an after dinner mint? It's wafer thin."

Mr. Creosote slips the after dinner mint into his mouth and explodes, coating the other diners with buckets of gunk.

EMC [Corp.] has been gorging on smaller companies for years, close to 30 since 1999 for a total of well over $8 billion. Could its next acquisition be the thin mint that makes Mr. Creosote, ahem, Tucci, explode?

Here's the list of announced acquisitions in chronological order starting with the most recent EMC whopper.

2006
  • RSA Security -- Secure ID cards -- $2.1 billion -- June 2006
  • ProActivity -- Business process management software -- $30 million -- June 2006
  • nLayers -- Application discovery software -- $50 million -- June 2006
  • Akimbi Systems -- Change management testing software -- Not disclosed -- June 2006
  • Kashya -- Heterogeneous replication software -- $153 million -- May 2006
  • Interlink -- Microsoft-focused services -- Not disclosed -- May 2006
  • Authentica -- Digital rights management software -- Not disclosed -- March 2006
  • Acxiom (buys IP only) -- Grid software -- $30 million -- January 2006
  • Internosis -- Microsoft-focused services -- Not disclosed -- January 2006

    2005
  • Captiva -- Document management software -- $275 million -- October 2005
  • Acartus -- Archiving software -- Not disclosed -- October, 2005
  • Rainfinity -- File virtualization software -- $80 million – August 2005
  • Maranti Networks -- Intelligent switch assets -- Not disclosed -- August 2005

    2004
  • Smarts -- Event automation/network management -- $260 million -- December 2004
  • Allocity -- Microsoft storage management software -- approximately $10 million -- November 2004
  • Dantz -- Backup software for small and midsized businesses -- approximately $50 million -- October 2004

    2003
  • Legato Software -- Enterprise backup software -- $1.3 billion -- July 2003
  • Documentum -- Enterprise content management software -- $1.7 billion -- October 2003
  • VMware -- Server virtualization -- $635 million (cash) -- December 2003
  • BMC Software (buys IP only) -- Storage management -- Not disclosed -- July 2003
  • Astrum Software -- Storage resource management -- Not disclosed -- April 2003

    1999-2002
  • Prisa Software -- Storage area network management software -- $20 million -- September 2002
  • Luminate Software -- Storage performance monitoring software -- $50 million -- September 2001
  • Filepool -- Content addressed storage software -- approximately $50 million -- April 2001
  • CrosStor Software – Network attached storage software - $300 million - November 2000
  • Terascape Software -- Network storage management software -- approximately $50 million -- March, 2000
  • Data General -- Midrange storage arrays -- $1.1 billion -- August 1999

    Will EMC recoup the price of all these acquisitions? Clearly VMware [Inc.] was a good bet -- but what about all the others? One Wall Street analyst said he could envision a situation two years from now where EMC ends up having to divest everything that's not storage related. This could be extremely painful for EMC users already down the path of trying to integrate all the pieces.

    Alternatively, the company pulls off its bold vision of transforming itself from a storage hardware company into a broader IT software and services company, and proves everybody wrong. Let's hope so.

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