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Back to the Future for EMC

by Jack Santos  |  March 1, 2016  |  Comments Off on Back to the Future for EMC

The Journal had an article about EMC’s increased focus on flash memory storage systems.   I, along with a Gartner colleague that was focused on storage,  looked at non volatile memory as a storage replacement years ago, and concluded it was going to be a huge ramp up.  It was huge; I am writing this on a flash memory based laptop, for instance.

But this quote got my attention: “EMC’s purchase of DSSD is one of several ways the company is shifting away from the hard-disk technology that was once fundamental to its business.”  Although true for more recent times, the move really goes back to EMC’s roots as a memory storage company.  It was around 1990 that  EMC transformed itself from that to a magnetic disk storage company – quite successfully.  Now it seems they’ll be part of keeping Dell relevant in what they were once the market leader in – memory; although this time it is flash memory…one thing is for certain, EMC mastered opportunism in the tech field – whether it be memory, disk storage, or virtual machines (via VMware).  Let’s hope they do the same inside Dell.



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Jack Santos
Research VP
7 years at Gartner
40 years IT industry

Jack Santos is a Research Vice President with Gartner, part of the Enterprise Architecture and Technology Innovation team within the Gartner for IT Leaders product. He focuses on enterprise architecture and technology trends. Mr. Santos' specific area of research covers individual development, leadership and management practices for enterprise architects, EA innovation, and collaboration approaches. Read Full Bio

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