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EMC's Lewis Eyes Storage Symphony

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Storage Networking World -- EMC's Mark Lewis was talking big ideas, and he invited conference attendees into the conversation during his keynote Tuesday morning.

Lewis, chief development officer for EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC) and filling in for his boss, the weather-challenged CEO Joe Tucci, said a flexible, services-oriented model will serve storage buyers and builders best. And it will consist of common storage management and replication, storage virtualization that separates hardware from software, and more holistic information security management. Content services that use policy networking, classification, and search will be the virtual glue for the model, Lewis told SNW attendees.

"We need to be able to classify data but also have the policy settings and integration of application data management and pull it together from a content services perspective," Lewis said. "Tiered storage and data protection are great enablers, but if we fail to connect them to the business, then all the operational savings potential at all these other levels may go unrealized. Pulling it all together becomes truly important in our environment."

This kind of multi-tiered, integrated, interoperable data management idea is "the next big thing," according to Lewis, who concedes that "it's pretty grandiose and not something you're going to see next year."

The pressures on IT will only intensify, as information stored to disk grew 70 percent this year while IT budgets were down 5 percent. That makes it more critical then ever to squeeze every last efficiency from every box and every dollar spent, the EMC exec said.

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