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September 03, 2010



Is it true that EMC started out as a furniture company?

I ran into a couple HDS guys at a bar last night and got to talking with them(not that I have much experience with HDS) one of them was a former EMC rep(I guess who isn't these days?!) and was joking around saying that EMC got their start in the early days as a furniture company.

Just sounded odd!

Chuck Hollis

Hi Nate

Yep, that's sort of true.

When the founders wanted to make memory boards for the minicomputers of the era, they needed something to pay the bills. As I've heard it, the answer was office and data center furniture.

It turned out pretty good :-)

- Chuck

Dominic Cody


Looking at the storage market as it stands today, I can only see EMC going from strength to strength based on it's portfolio of products and how it has aligned itself firmly with Cloud.

You mention NetApp, I actually think NetApp will see it's market share increase over the next 12-24mths mainly because of the move towards Cloud Services.
You also mentioned HP, I actually feel that HP will continue to lose traction however depending how they handle the whole 3Par aquisition this could change that and they could gain some ground to cover lost faith in EVA and XP platforms. The fact that Hitachi are saying the new technology for the XP and HDS Arrays could be delayed until end Q1 2011 is not going to do HP any favours.

Andy Sparkes

THe 3PAR acquisition makes HP a very serious contender in the cloud/utility storage market. when we cross this with the Matrix product line you see an extremely powerful vertically integrated solution all from one vendor rather than a series of alliances with their own set of internal competing priorities. 3PAR, 3COM move HP into a position of real strength.

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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.

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