EMC Corp. CEO Joe Tucci Monday told about 4,000 attendees at the company's annual user conference that EMC is focused on added security throughout its product stack, better overall datacenter systems management and automated migration of data for better information lifecycle management (ILM).
Tucci also took the opportunity to briefly mention upcoming resource management products that will handle automated hardware and application discovery. But the main focus of EMC's systems and applications management efforts will remain virtualization technology.
"I personally believe that in the next three years, virtually all hardware products will be virtualized. Virtualization is game changing," he said. "VMware...is one of the fastest software companies ever."
Today, EMC offers some levels of virtualization at the block-level through its recently announced Invista technology -- which resides on chips inside of industry-leading Fibre Channel switches -- and its Rainfinity software, which can create a single global name space to share files across multiple file systems.
Tucci said that later this quarter EMC will announce its Storage Insight product to help manage storage networks and Application Discovery Manager, a marriage of its Smarts network analysis software and Control Center management product.
"So you can collectively manage your storage resources, your server resources, your network resources in adjunct and with knowledge of your business processes and applications," Tucci said.
Storage Insight software that EMC acquired with its of Smarts Inc. in 2004 performs network systems and application management. The software automatically detects problems associated with network performance issues.
In what he called EMC's third year into a core strategy of ILM, Tucci said the company will bring better intelligence to information management with the ability to classify information and set policies around the automatic migration of data from different tiers of storage. And "in everything we do, up and down the stack, we're adding security," he said.
According to Tucci, EMC this year will spend US$1.2 billion on developing new technology. And it has already spent $4.5 billion during the past two and a half years acquiring companies for their technology, a strategy that Tucci said is indicative of its future direction for new intellectual property. "There are more companies on our hit list, so to speak," Tucci said.
Although Tucci was long on vision he was short on specific product launches.
Dave Donatelli, executive vice president of storage platforms operations for EMC, said one product coming out in the third quarter of the year would be the E-Lab Configuration Consultant, which will allow users to check their server, software and storage configurations against ones tested by EMC before deploying them.The product will at first only support Symmetrix arrays, although Donatelli said its functions will eventually be extended to all EMC systems.
"It's to allow your customers a real-time window into what we're testing. I know you want to be sure that before you try something [in] your environment, we've tested it," Donatelli said. "We think this is unique in the industry."
In August, EMC also plans to release the next version of Powerlink, its user Web portal, with a new feature called SearchAll.
"It's a unified search. It allows you to search all the different data repositories in the company so when you search a certain subject, you'll get all the information, no matter where it's contained."