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December 14, 2009


carl vorder bruegge

Chuck, VMAX was a big announcement for EMC in 2009. would you share your thoughts on the choice of Intel products as key components in VMAX? Why Intel and what benefits will we derive from the use of Intel Processors in terms of future functionality, etc? thanks, carl

Chuck Hollis

Hi Carl

(Full disclosure -- Carl is an EMC employee.)

I can't share everything, but the tactical list would look like:

* now we have a common processor architecture across all of EMC's storage platforms.

* reduces hardware engineering and mfg costs to a certain degree.

* software components are now somewhat easier to re-use.

From a strategic perspective, we now are locked into the benefits of Intel's high-end processor roadmap (more cores, more performance, more efficient, lower cost), and -- might I point out -- the Intel processors are fully virtualizable.

Which brings up some interesting possibilities, if you think about it ...

-- Chuck

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Chuck Hollis

  • Chuck Hollis
    SVP, Oracle Converged Infrastructure Systems

    Chuck now works for Oracle, and is now deeply embroiled in IT infrastructure.

    Previously, he was with VMware for 2 years, and EMC for 18 years before that, most of them great.

    He enjoys speaking to customer and industry audiences about a variety of technology topics, and -- of course -- enjoys blogging.

    Chuck lives in Vero Beach, FL with his wife and four dogs when he's not traveling. In his spare time, Chuck is working on his second career as an aging rock musician.

    Warning: do not ever buy him a drink when there is a piano nearby.

    Note: these are my personal views, and aren't reviewed or approved by my employer.
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