In this interview, Tom Zack, president, Southeast Asia, EMC, says the company is focusing on three major pillars this year: big data, cloud and trust. And for the future, Asia presents great potential for growth.
EMC recently concluded its EMC World 2013 global conference in the US. What is the new direction for the company that emerged from the congress?
The biggest challenge which the world is facing today is the explosion of big data and the ways to manage it. The mainframe and mini computers established the first terminal-based platform, connecting millions of users and thousands of apps. With the growth of the LAN Internet where hundreds of millions of users were connected to the Internet and were able to store information on servers, we saw the birth of the second platform. Now, we are moving to the third platform where billions of users are connected through their mobile devices to the Internet and are using millions of apps. We are now all connected, on the go, and on the cloud.
In order to support the emerging trends, EMC is set to provide the best of breed to the future IT world by focusing on three major pillars: big data, cloud and trust. We created a unique federation of businesses with our four brands: EMC (Information Infrastructure solutions), VMware (Software-Defined Data Center solutions), Pivotal (Next Generation Cloud and Big/Fast Data Apps) and RSA (Security solutions) which are focused on helping customers and partners to transform their IT Infrastructure, business process and people in order to reduce cost, risk and add value to the business. Smart businesses will be those which have the tools to analyse big data, both structured and unstructured, and have the analytical skills to make decisions based on the inputs.
The latest edition to our EMC family is Pivotal - a new Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) company, which has been set up in partnership with key industry leaders including EMC, VMware and General Electric (GE). We launched it at the end of April, slightly before EMC World. Pivotal is the platform needed to create cloud agnostic applications that will help users make sense of their unstructured data which in today's world is three times bigger than the structured one and is growing five times faster.
Were there any new products or services announced at the conference that could be game changers?
We made several big announcements during EMC World. EMC ViPR, the world's first Software-Defined Storage platform, was one of them. The platform is a groundbreaking technology for the entire IT industry as it provides the virtualisation, automation, and management capabilities necessary to create a single pool of virtual storage. This is done without compromising the compelling characteristics of the underlying storage array (VNZ, VMAX and Isilon). Storage administrators can create virtual storage arrays that they can manage by automated policies.
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