EMC CEO Joe Tucci: Cloud Is Most Disruptive Tech Wave Ever
EMC CEO Joseph (Joe) Tucci said cloud computing is the most disruptive technology wave ever. Speaking at Oracle OpenWorld 2011, Tucci also said cloud computing represents the biggest opportunity — right now — for IT managers. The reason: Customers need a new business model to ensure cloud computing manages big data.
Tucci and EMC President and COO Pat Gelsinger offered Oracle OpenWorld attendees the following anecdotes:
1. Traditional IT Has Failed: Tucci noted that 27 percent of IT budgets involve new innovations, while 73 percent of IT budgets involve maintenance. “As an industry we have failed,” said Tucci. “We need to change the shape of that pie and the way it is sliced.”
2. Big Storage Needs: Tucci said data storage needs will continue to grow exponentially as intensive applications like geophysical sequencing, everything mobile and video surveillance continue to gain momentum.
3. Maintaining Security: Tucci estimated that the typical large enterprise is attacked in some form 300 times per week. Tucci says most customers tell him, “that’s light; I get attacked more than that.”
4. Talent Pool: Over the next few years, IT staffing will grow less than 50 percent, from 15 million technology pros to 22 million technology pros. Tucci’s key point: IT won’t be able to keep up as storage, maintenance and innovation needs climb even faster.
5. Cloud Is the Solution: “We believe the cloud answers those problems,” said Tucci. “We are leading our customers on a journey to the hybrid cloud — involving both the public cloud and private clouds…I see a massive opportunity where cloud meets data.”
6. Early Momentum: Tucci estimated that 35 percent of organizations implemented private clouds last year; with another 30 percent implementing this year. (Note: I need to double-check to make sure I noted those data points correctly.)
7. Modern Architecture: Tucci says EMC runs its business on Oracle, “and I’m proud of it.” He said EMC’s 12 terabyte Oracle database is now virtualized on VMware in EMC’s private cloud. Tucci claimed the modern architecture has allowed EMC to generate 90 percent application server consolidation and 70 percent database server consolidation.
8. One-two Punch: Gelsinger said 44 percent of virtualization customers choose EMC for storage — a data point that shows growing synergies between EMC and VMware. (EMC owns a stake in VMware.)
9. Don’t Forget Security: Tucci said security and automation have to be integrated into today’s IT, rather than bolted on after the fact — a clear reference that EMC was continuing to promote its RSA security business as an integrated part of the cloud and virtaulization conversation.
EMC went on to demonstrate a range of virtualization tools to help channel partners and customers march toward public and private cloud.
Complete coverage of Oracle OpenWorld continues on Talkin’ Cloud’s sister site, The VAR Guy.