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October 28, 2010


Hans Timmerman

Hello Chuck,

I see that everywhere around me iPads are popping up (at EMC, partners and customers) and its a great tool for the mobile knowledge worker. It's even pushing back the phone to it's elementary function: just calling and a single sms, because the iPad has a much better user interface to do the rest.

But not only that, I see at VMworld and Momentum several presentations of iPad driven developments. Using the iPad in a much more intelligent way as communication platform to be connected to the (different) cloud environments, as a portal for spring based PaaS platforms, for Cloud management and to have content management functionality (CM, WF, RM etc) as a service on that device. Including the links and integration of the social media to support that functionality.

So the link to Atmos is an additional interesting one. My personal problem is still: how do I keep with/from the several devices I use all my data in sink that is not (yet) in the cloud? Atmos linked with Mozy could be that solution.

It's the third iPad link I get in 3 weeks regarding actual EMC/VMware solutions and developments and it shows that we as EMC are in the middle of the cloud and the use of mobile devices there. Which conclusion is also drawn by many of my listeners after every presentation I give to customers or partners explaining our EMC strategy and roadmap.

Gabe Schuyler

The real win for us would be if data could be encrypted both in transit *and* at rest on the device. Plenty of folks are using apps like GoodReader, to access static files on their device. If we could manage those files for them in our datacenter, and protect them with a little crypto on the device, it'd make everyone much less nervous.

Perhaps you can open-source your applet. Sure, folks would immediately connect it to "the competition's object stores," but you'd win good-will and branding opportunities.

Andrew Carver

First, heck, YEAH! I'd love to be able to have, and offer, a focused, single-minded tool for workers to review the material related to one topic at a time. Something that unifies the critical documents, business reports, emails, attachments, etc. and strips away the other 45 messages from today's Inbox. Something that doesn't need two minutes to boot, update, etc.

Something I can take home that lets me effortlessly review today's events, and tomorrow's too. Particularly if you are mobile worker. (Technically, anyone who walks away from his desk to a meeting room is a mobile worker, right?) That's how you get a truly paperless meeting.

More to your point, imagine a senior person coming to town for a quick sales meeting or two. The local people feed a bunch of information into the bucket associated with that meeting; some of the items can be flagged to share with the customer. The iPad lets you review it at the breakfast table, in the taxi, in the elevator. Two days later, it's gone from the iPad. Again, YEAH.

Second - I'm not a developer, but I would imagine that any organization with sensitive information, differing roles, etc. would want it. And who wants to have their developers (repeatedly) building their own logistics manager from the ground up?

Third - could the default alternative be some sort of home-baked Outlook and/or SharePoint system? GoogleDocs, anyone? Documentum has eRoom, etc. etc. But I doubt that any of those currently provide the full set of security, timely pre-delivery, and lifespan features that you seem to describe.



OK...so this blog when up in Oct 2010...and i love the idea of Atmos linked with Mozy. Question is have you made any progress on a solution that you can GA?

Chuck Hollis

Hi Dee

Thanks for the question. Recently, the Mozy people went over to work for VMware. I really shouldn't be commenting on what they might be cooking up.

However, we now have a spiffy new API for reaching Atmos-based services from iOS:


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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.

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