Responding to the Stress of Change

Stephen Manley

Stephen Manley

Chief Technology Officer, Core Technologies

“What does it mean for me?”

That’s the unspoken question underlying today’s technology conversations. From CIO to line administrator, everybody wants to know where the disruption we’re seeing with the emergence of cloud, big data, and mobile will leave them.

Everybody is feeling unprecedented levels of stress. We’re at the confluence of three massive technology waves, in which each wave’s architecture optimizes for different workloads:

  • Traditional storage-centric services – IT builds the application infrastructure by stitching together best-of-breed storage, servers, network, virtualization, and backup.
  • Converged infrastructure-centric services - IT builds the application infrastructure with increasingly integrated components, so they spend less time and effort connecting pieces.
  • Cloud-centric data services – Either IT or an external vendor provides standard, simple application infrastructure without exposing any traditional components.

We’re also facing new consumption models. For decades, IT infrastructure transactions have focused on buying physical equipment.  At the end, you owned something tangible.  Now, however, there are new options: hybrid cloud, public cloud, and virtualized (as in a software-defined data center).

Companies have to choose both the right architectural and consumption model for their workloads. The result: more stress. Continue reading

What’s Driving the Data Lake?

Bill Schmarzo

Bill Schmarzo

Chief Technology Officer, Enterprise Information Management Group

EMC’s Federation Business Data Lake (FBDL) announcement has been a long time in the making.  It’s been a perfect storm of industry trends that enable big data and make data lakes a feasible data architecture option.  These trends include:

Data Growth – Web applications, social media, mobile apps, sensors, scanners, wearable computing and the Internet of Things are all generating an avalanche of new, more granular data about customers, channels, products and operations that can now be captured, integrated, mined and acted upon.

Cheap Storage – The cost of storage is plummeting, which enables organizations to think differently about data. Leading organizations are transitioning from viewing data as a cost to be minimized to valuing it as an asset to be hoarded. Even if they don’t yet know how they will use that data, they are transitioning to a “data abundance” mentality.

Limitless Computing – The ability to bring to bear an almost limitless amount of computing power to any business problem allows organizations to process, enrich and analyze this growing wealth of data, uncovering actionable insights about their customers and their business operations. Continue reading

A Time of Disruption and Opportunity

Joe Tucci

Joe Tucci

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Joe Tucci is Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of EMC Corporation. He has been EMC's Chairman since January 2006 and CEO since January 2001, a year after he joined the company as President and Chief Operating Officer. He is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of VMware Corporation. He is based at EMC's corporate headquarters in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, United States.

History has shown that the advent of revolutionary new technologies brings about great disruption to existing businesses and business models, while at the same time creating new, larger, opportunities in virtually every industry. We are now in one of those times, and it is being driven by the accelerating adoption of new fundamental technologies—in mobile devices, in social networking, in cloud computing, and in new ways to harness the power of very large data sets, or Big Data.

As a result, virtually all businesses need to rethink how they engage their customers and partners, and build new digital capabilities and business models. Many traditional industries are being redefined by digital upstarts that use mobile applications backed by sophisticated algorithms made possible by the power of the cloud and Big Data. This wave of disruption will accelerate as sensors get incorporated into every imaginable product or thing. Responding to these opportunities will require enterprises to rethink how they do product development and how technology and business can reinforce each other in more agile ways. This is not just a technology challenge but a cultural mindset challenge, a major transformational challenge for many businesses. Continue reading

Where Pivotal Grows from Here

Paul Maritz

Paul Maritz

Chief Executive Officer, Pivotal

At an EMC Federation forum held in New York on March 10, 2015, Pivotal CEO Paul Maritz outlined the strategy and direction of Pivotal Labs (agile application development), Pivotal Cloud Foundry (open cloud development platform) and Pivotal Big Data Suite. Watch an excerpt of the presentation.

This is the fourth post in a four-part series from EMC Federation leaders.