Most significantly, this person is not Moshe Yanai, currently head of engineering and the inventor of EMCs flagship Symmetrix storage array. Instead, Yanai has been made a "Founder and EMC Fellow" and will report directly to CEO Joe Tucci in an advisory role, company officials said.
David Donatelli, an EMC veteran of over 10 years, will assume the new role of leading engineering for both the Symmetrix and Clariion products, as well as manufacturing.
The news follows hot on the heels of speculation that Yanais strong ties to the Symmetrix system, including at one time a royalty on its sales, was having too much of an influence on EMCs product strategy (see Who Calls the Shots at EMC?).
Having all platforms and manufacturing under one person will increase the efficiency of the organization, says a spokesperson for EMC. Future product deliveries, resources, and expertise will all reside in one place, simplifying the engineering procedure."