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Tucci Talks Roadmap

While posting a strong set of third quarter results this morning, EMC previewed plans for MAID, thin provisioning, Web 2.0, and a new family of low-end SMB systems.

"In the not-too-distant future we will announce a system designed for Web 2.0 data centers, and new, low-end, SMB products," said CEO Joe Tucci, on a conference call. "We do have more products coming out, there will be more towards the start of the year."

EMC will also enter the market for Massive Array of Idle Disks (MAID) technology, which is championed by Copan, Fujitsu, and Nexsan. "We will come out early next year with 'spin down' on our disk libraries," Tucci said. He did not reveal whether this will be traditional MAID or a disk-based, power-saving technology similar to that offered by HDS.

In response to a question from a financial analyst, Tucci also threw his weight behind thin provisioning, or "virtual provisioning" as it is known in EMC-speak. "We will have that on all our systems in the first part of next year," he said, adding that the technology has largely been dominated by a handful of "innovative" startups.

DataCore, MonoSphere, 3PAR, and Intransa are among the smaller firms banging the drum about thin provisioning, which aims to ensure that physical disk capacity is only used as it is needed.

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