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Network Changes Afoot in EMC's Lines

Storage vendor is looking to build more business in the network configuration space with new product releases. Memo to HP?

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Richard Ptak, a managing partner with IT firm Ptak, Noel & Associates, said EMC has been trying to expand its infrastructure management capabilities for a couple of years now and, with this release, crossed a milestone.

The enhancements in the most recent release "addressed network infrastructure and operations management problems at multiple levels. This includes providing a much more user friendly and information-rich user interface that means that less skill is needed to manage the infrastructure," he told InternetNews.com. "It makes it easier to perform diagnostic analytics without having to resort to creating scripts."

EMC is clearly fleshing out a real management portfolio, added Dennis Drogseth, a vice president and analyst with research firm Enterprise Management Associates.

"The history of EMC has been about storage capabilities, and has been somewhat hardware centric with a focus on management and control," he told InternetNews.com. EMC's sweet spot, I believe, is "combining operational insights with automation and looking at infrastructure as a whole. It's a huge shift in terms of the value they can bring to their customers."

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