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December 20, 2010



This may be a question involving too much protected information but does the "IT as a Service" model provide benefits and savings with M&A?
Our company grows through acquisitions and I could see this as a selling point for moving to this model.

Chuck Hollis

Hi Dave

Now that we've DM'd each other, I think I understand your question, and the answer is *yes*.

When we acquire a company, we acquire their IT portfolio as well. In rather short order, we can usually run their apps on our private cloud within EMC IT, as most of them are using Intel-based apps, and thus are either virtualized on day 1, or can quickly be done.

One they're running on our private cloud, not only do they get the benefits of our capex/opex cost structure, but they get our security, GRC, data protection, etc. Their IT portfolio is better immediately without the need to convert apps or migrate users.

Of course, over time, we want fewer apps here at EMC rather than more apps, so there's some application consolidation that happens after the fact.

Hope this helps.

-- 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.

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