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EMC Moving Toward Service-Oriented Architecture

As part of this move, EMC is in the process of adding Smarts mapping and discovery technology to its ControlCenter storage resource management application, CEO Joe Tucci said at a conference this week.

EMC aims to take advantage of a wide range of internally developed and acquired technology, including its core information lifecycle management (ILM) technology, to support what it sees as a shift from platform-centric computing to a services-oriented architecture, EMC Chairman and CEO Joe Tucci told a analysts on Wednesday.

EMC is readying its technology as the IT world moves away from platform-centric infrastructure -- built around an unchanging stack of servers, storage, management tools, and applications -- to a services-oriented architecture under which those resources are brought together as needed to do a job and then released for other uses, Tucci said.

To prepare for the coming of the services-oriented architecture, EMC has acquired a range of technology developers, including VMware, the leading server virtualization software; Smarts, with applications to discover and map storage, IP and application resources; the grid software acquired from Acxiom; the Invista storage virtualization appliance; NAS virtualization software from Rainfinity; and Documentum. "We have a lot of assets that are going to help bring this world to a services-oriented architecture," he said.

As part of this move, EMC is in the process of adding Smarts technology to its ControlCenter storage resource management application, and expects the Smarts technology to eventually take the place of its legacy ControlCenter technology, Tucci said.

The company on Wednesday furthered its moves toward services-oriented computing with the acquisition of nLayers, a developer of software to discover and map applications across multiple servers. nLayers produces an appliance that automatically identifies, maps and models the relationships and interdependencies between applications, servers and devices, Tucci said.

The core of EMC's future growth as it moves to services-oriented architecture will remain its information lifecycle management strategy, a strategy that EMC has been preaching for the past four years, said Tucci.

"Our core strategy is information lifecycle management," he said. "Strategies have to be enduring. They have to grow. They have to mature. They have to get richer. If you change your strategies every year, you can't be successful."

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