By Hussain Ahmad
LAS VEGAS: There were 28m IT professionals worldwide in 2013 and the number is set to zoom to 36m by 2020, an increase of eight million, which indicates the exponential growth awaiting the global information technology sector, said Joe Tucci, Chairman and CEO of EMC Corporation. He was speaking at the EMC World 2014 held at Las Vegas, where the IT giant showcased its progammes, vision and trends in the industry in front of around 14,000 delegates who came from all corners of the globe.
Tucci said the industry was going through tectonic changes and only those who adapt will survive. In keeping with this, this year the conference was based on the theme ‘Redefine’. “The cloud-mobile era is redefining information technology architectures and how organisations conduct business. As a result, the future promises to be both extremely disruptive and rich in opportunity for IT professionals and IT vendors alike, creating new sets of winners and losers across a rapidly evolving industry,” he said. In a series of sessions spread over three days, the conference dissected in detail the tools needed to stay ahead and discussed latest developments in hybrid clouds, data lakes and security solutions.
Saying that EMC was the market leader in flash, David Goulden, CEO of EMC Information Infrastructure, said the entire written works of mankind from the beginning of history in all languages was 50 petabytes, whereas the total flash shipped in the last four quarters by the EMC was 73 petabytes.
It was also revealed that the Internet’s current data capacity stands at about 4.4 trillion gigabytes but by 2020 will rise to 44 trillion gigabytes as more devices become interconnected. As it stands, there are reportedly 200bn devices on the planet connected to the Internet, and the forecast is that by 2020, the number of connected devices will grow to 32bn, representing 10pc of the world’s data.
At the conference, EMC announced major new software-defined storage products that enable customers to blend the benefits of a public and private cloud.
It also announced ‘The XtremIO $1Million Guarantee” for EMC® XtremIOTM all-flash array customers, offering one million dollars to the first customer that can prove their XtremIO system’s inline data services have switched off, been throttled back or defaulted to a “system garbage collection” state.
“We’re offering this guarantee because we believe we’re the only flash provider who can deliver on the promise of being inline all of the time. And with this guarantee we’re exposing the shortcomings of competing solutions,” said David Goulden.
Since EMC is in the business of storing data of its customers, security is one issue that is given utmost importance. “The old way of security doesn’t work because gone are the days when individuals attempted separately to access data or hack systems. This is the age of organised cyber-crimes and of nation states accessing mass data with sophisticated tools. We realise this and have devised systems that track malicious movements and react in real time,” said Rob Sadowski, Director of Technology Solutions.