EMC Executive Vice President and CFO David Goulden
Discusses EMC’s Third-Quarter 2010 Financial Results
EMC announced third-quarter 2010 financial results on October 19, 2010. EMC Executive Vice President and CFO David Goulden, discusses the results below. Additional information regarding EMC’s financial results is available here.
October 19, 2010
Another excellent quarter. What should we take away from it?
David Goulden: Strong growth with leverage and investment have been standard for us since 2004. With the results and outlook we are reporting today, it is clear we are continuing on this trajectory. What’s most exciting is that the fundamental shift to cloud architectures is only in the early stages, and we believe that we are better suited than anyone else to capitalize on this trend as it unfolds over the next several years. We fully expect that the “triple play” of share growth, investment for the future and financial leverage we are delivering this year can be maintained over the long term.
Let’s talk more about Cloud Computing. Where are companies right now in this shift?
David Goulden: The industry generally agrees that the shift to cloud architectures is no longer a question of “IF” but of “WHEN.” The answer is that it is happening now, albeit at different speeds for different companies. All companies go through the same three phases to transition their traditional physical infrastructures to true cloud architectures and take full advantage of the ability to offer IT as a service.
Let’s talk about the phases briefly. Phase one is the virtualization of IT-owned applications, which also requires simple, efficient, VM (virtual machines)-integrated storage. Phase two is the virtualization of business-critical applications. This is where SLAs (service level agreements)–around performance, availability, workload mobility, recoverability and security–really matter. Phase three realizes the full benefit of cloud by taking advantage of phases one and two –together with IT automation, provisioning and charge-back to offer IT Infrastructure-as-a-Service for the entire enterprise. It’s at this phase that you have an elastic cloud of compute, networking and storage resources, and are also seamlessly drawing on compatible public cloud services where it makes sense.
There does not tend to be any one “typical” cloud deal, however. Companies’ infrastructure requirements are as varied as the companies themselves. This is why it is so important to have a broad and deep range of products and services. And as each company develops its cloud infrastructure roadmap, EMC can meet their needs through every phase, from the departmental level to enterprise wide, from tier zero through to backup and archive.
How is EMC helping public cloud providers?
David Goulden: Public cloud providers are also building their infrastructures on EMC for a number of reasons. First, with virtualization being the foundation for a public cloud service, VMware is key. Second, with the vast amounts of data being stored and managed by public cloud providers, scalability is critical. For example, EMC Symmetrix V-Max’s x86-based, scale-out architecture offers this at petabyte scale. Third, with multi-tenancy, security is critical and the ability to attest to that security is just as important, particularly for a public cloud provider. EMC RSA Cloud Security solution offers this accountability. And fourth, enterprise customers need data mobility for a true seamless hybrid cloud, and EMC VPLEX enables advanced federation of resources into and out of the enterprise. This quarter, we announced that several service providers are taking advantage of these technologies for offering public cloud services to their clients, and this number continues to ramp.
In late July, EMC acquired data warehousing and business analytics pioneer Greenplum. Just 75 days later, you launched a break-through “big data” Greenplum computing appliance. How’s it doing?
David Goulden: Great! The EMC Greenplum Data Computing Appliance is first new product from our new Data Computing Products Division. It offers the industry’s best price/performance ratio, 3x more scalability and up to 4x as many database cores than competitive systems, and data input speeds up to 5x that of our competitors. Our Greenplum Data Computing Appliance integrates database, compute and storage into an enterprise class, easy-to-implement system that can meet petabyte-scale, big data requirements. We are very excited to pursue this incremental market opportunity by offering yet another leading-edge solution to customers as they increasingly seek the best analytic tools to derive business value from their massive volumes of data.
How should companies assess which storage works best in virtualized, cloud computing environments?
David Goulden: The best way to find out is to go ask customers which vendor they trust. The results of surveys from a number of sources show that EMC consistently rises to the top when it comes to providing infrastructure for virtualized environments. Customers realize that the journey to a cloud infrastructure can be complex, requiring a broad range of products and capabilities. As a result, they are going with companies like EMC that can provide more. Additionally, because virtualization is the foundation for cloud computing, a key to success with VMware is bringing the virtual infrastructure and the information infrastructure together. While we encourage others to work with VMware, we work harder than anyone else to integrate the virtual and information infrastructures. With over 60 different integration points now between EMC and VMware, including support for all of the VMware APIs, EMC leads in VMware integration.
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