LAS VEGAS -- ESG analyst Mark Peters says the announcements at the 2015 EMC World conference reflect what's actually happening in the real world with storage users.
For starters, EMC is in transition, and Peters says most IT shops are experiencing big changes or transitions right now, on various fronts. The keynotes from EMC executives at the conference tried to hit on this theme. EMC CEO Joe Tucci discussed how IT users are living in exciting times due to advancements in data lakes, cloud and flash technologies, which are changing the way many data storage professionals do business.
"Transition is the name of the game," said Peters. "Change is the name of the game." EMC's $6 billion investment in new product strategies can be seen in tangible results, he said. "What's interesting to me is looking at products like VxRacks. That's a prime example of a transition product -- for a company in transition." With products like that, EMC is trying to deliver on its promise to innovate like a startup while maintaining its reputation as a fundamental infrastructure player that the world's largest enterprises can rely on, he said. In Peters' view, the vendor scored points at its annual EMC World conference by introducing this new strategy, one that embraces open source coding and free software.