EMC - The Enterprise Storage Company
E-business has created soaring storage volume increases, with up to 100% Compound Annual Growth (CAGR) widely reported. 'Captive', server vendor-provided, direct attached storage was widely replaced in the 1990s with independent enterprise storage systems. These offered advanced storage management software and functionality, with support for multiple platforms. One company, EMC Corporation, pioneered this change, and became the leading provider of enterprise storage systems with its Symmetrix systems, first on IBM mainframes, then on RISC UNIX and now on Windows/Intel enterprise systems. EMC Corporation today fairly describes itself as the world leader in information storage systems, software, networks, and services, providing "the information infrastructure for a connected world." With near $9 billion revenues, 32% growth, 23,400 employees, and profits of almost $1.8 billion last year, EMC is widely regarded as one of the strong leaders of the New Era e-Infrastructure, focused exclusively on storage systems. Often thought of as a storage hardware company, in fact, much of the advanced functionality that made EMC systems a de-facto enterprise standard derives from its advanced storage management software products, which now attract 50% of EMC's R& D. Software revenues actually grew 72% last year! In recent years, EMC has opened up its APIs to the industry, and invests heavily in partnerships, interoperability laboratories, and testing, to ensure its storage systems work with all major server and operating systems. EMC claims to delivers a flexible, adaptable IT infrastructure - which it terms an 'e-Infostructure' - from which businesses can change and grow, creating competitive advantage in an environment where the rules are constantly changing and the pace always quickens. EMC says that an e-Infostructure enables information convergence: the bringing together of all business information, regardless of source, for value throughout the enterprise. By creating a single, unified view of all user information resources, EMC claims that users will foster revenue creation, add operating efficiencies, and drive their business forward faster.

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There is no doubt that enterprise storage systems, Storage Area Networks (SANs) and Network Attached Storage (NAS) systems are a core part of today's e-business infrastructure, and EMC is undoubtedly the acknowledged leader in this key area. With its extensive mainframe data centre background, EMC is also very familiar with meeting the tough storage management demands of mission-critical enterprise systems, and now extra-enterprise e-business systems. The company continues to drive-up storage densities (now over 200 terabytes in a single system), and drive-down total cost of ownership, giving a beneficial curve of user value in this critical segment. Where the storage costs of new e-business infrastructures often exceed those of servers several-fold, this curve has a favourable impact on total infrastructure costs.

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