EMC Evolving Toward Next-Generation Platform

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-05-28 Print this article Print

"It makes sense in view of EMC's expanding management portfolio for the data center, and their ambitions for providing a more complete portfolio for IT infrastructure management," Scott Crawford, an analyst at Enterprise Management Associates, told eWEEK.

"EMC has stated that it is seeking to evolve towards becoming the equivalent of a next-generation platform. Configuresoft is particularly well aligned with this objective, as EMC can now exploit a broader set of configuration, change, financial, service and security information."

EMC's broadest primary competitors, such as Hewlett-Packard with its OpenView Configuration Management suite and IBM with Tivoli Configuration Manager, have been strong in this space for some time, Crawford noted.

But EMC still has work to do, even after the Configuresoft acquisition, to realize the full benefits of the deal, Crawford said.

"There is still much to develop from this acquisition. Despite promises of expanded support, Configuresoft has so far focused its virtual server management capabilities exclusively on VMware. This is not good enough for the 90 percent of virtual enterprises that need heterogeneous virtualization support," Crawford said.

"EMC needs to be more specific about its plans, especially for Microsoft Hyper-V support, but also for support of leading Xen-based virtualization solutions (Citrix, Oracle, Novell). While EMC and Configuresoft have already enjoyed tight integration, past acquisitions have not taken advantage of obvious synergies, and indeed EMC steadfastly refuses to integrate its VMware, RSA, Documentum, storage and management business units more tightly.

"EMC must take pains to integrate Configuresoft more effectively than some of its larger acquisitions," Crawford said.

Once the acquisition is finalized, Configuresoft will become a part of EMC's Resource Management Software Group, Quillin said.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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