EMC denies big server biz plans … but IS building servers

So EMC’s not going to become a server vendor even though, as Chris Mellor points out, they showcased some very nice purpose-built server hardware at EMC World. And even though Jeremy Burton admitted they were, kinda, making and selling servers. Why?

He observed: “Server vendors put DAS (direct-attached storage) in servers. Storage vendors put compute in storage. Over time these hybrid configurations will get more workloads.”

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Stephen Foskett

Stephen Foskett is an active participant in the world of enterprise information technology, currently focusing on enterprise storage, server virtualization, networking, and cloud computing. He organizes the popular Tech Field Day event series for Gestalt IT and runs Foskett Services. A long-time voice in the storage industry, Stephen has authored numerous articles for industry publications, and is a popular presenter at industry events. He can be found online at,, and on Twitter at @SFoskett.

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  • So basically what Jeremy is saying that the compute in storage is purpose built and to offload functions that would otherwise require an external server (physical or virtual), for management/monitoring as well as application integrated tools. 

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