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EMC Casts Wider Net

NEW YORK -- EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC) today sketched out new product initiatives, including some that go beyond storage into networking.

CEO Joe Tucci says EMC will launch a network resource management platform based on its Smarts acquisition, add continuous data protection (CDP), and emphasize security across its products as part of our most prolific product rollout ever" over the next eight or nine months. That rollout already began with recent upgrades of Symmetrix and Clariion storage systems (see EMC Cultivates Clariion and EMC Swells Its High End).

EMC executives pointed to two specific software products and hinted that several more would come out later this year. One is a resource management application called Storage Insight, which will appear as a module for EMC’s Control Center storage resource management software. The technology will eventually expand to network and server management and modeling.

Tucci also forecasts a greater role for VMware server virtualization software in EMC’s product line as it moves toward what he calls information infrastructure.

“Will we do things beyond storage? The answer is obviously yes,” Tucci said. “That train has left the station. VMware is outside storage. Smarts is outside storage.”

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