The Virtualization Room

May 10 2010   4:57PM GMT

Joe Tucci’s EMC World Q&A highlights

Colin Steele Colin Steele Profile: Colin Steele

BOSTON — EMC CEO Joe Tucci took 45 minutes after his keynote this morning to answer the media’s questions here at EMC World 2010. Here’s what he had to say on a variety of topics:

  • EMC’s acquisition strategy: He’s always been a bigger fan of acquiring many small companies, as opposed to making lots of blockbuster deals — although he wouldn’t rule those out completely. “I always leave the door open,” he said. “… But my absolute preference is the string-of-pearls approach.”
  • VMware’s acquisitions of Zimbra and SpringSource: “VMware, even with their latest acquisitions, is still an infrastructure (company). … Our primary focus is to stay down there, but I think infrastructure is going to get redefined and get broader.”
  • The role of the traditional operating system: “One of the major tasks of a traditional operating system is to manage device drivers. When you put in virtualization, that takes over that task from the operating system. … OSes over time will get thinned out.”
  • x86 systems: “If you look at the performance that x86 is giving you, it’s pretty phenomenal. … We’re going to go into an all-x86 world.”
  • EMC’s partnerships with Cisco, VMware and other vendors: “If you look at the building blocks needed (for a private cloud), you cannot get them all from EMC.” The Virtual Computing Environment coalition with Cisco and VMware offers integrated products, and Tucci thinks a lot of customers will take advantage of that, but he added, “I don’t ever want to force a customer to have to buy that.”
  • His message to channel partners: “You are incredibly important to us, and I want to be incredibly important to you.”

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