More importantly, EMC was not looking for just another flash hardware product, Peters said. It wanted XtremIO's flash management intellectual property -- the software.
In remarks after the purchase, EMC spokesman Dave Farmer did not refer to XtremIO's product as a flash array but as "an architecture."
"EMC, whatever else you may think of them, doesn't do a lot of stupid things," Peters said. "For the next few years, the industry will be focused on storage management and not flash technology."
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