Guy Churchward is President of Core Technologies at EMC Corporation. He is responsible for a division that is redefining storage, through a comprehensive portfolio of core storage solutions encompassing the award-winning VMAX, VNX, VNXe, XtremIO, VPLEX, and Data Domain technologies and a cutting-edge software portfolio that delivers simplified storage systems management, continuous availability, replication, backup, and archive solutions.
Churchward has more than 27 years of experience in the IT industry, with broad international experience that spans executive management, engineering, sales, marketing and business development capacities. He joined EMC in May 2012, when he served as Senior Vice President of Engineering for the Backup & Recovery Systems Division, before becoming Division President in October 2012. He was appointed to lead the Core Technologies Division in October 2014.
Prior to joining EMC, Churchward was President and CEO of LogLogic, an enterprise log and security intelligence platform company. He has also served as Vice President and General Manager of the Data Protection Group at NetApp, where he was responsible for product strategy and development of the company's portfolio of disk-to-disk and disaster recovery products, as well as Vice President and General Manager of BEA's WebLogic Products Group. In addition, he has held senior management positions at Sun Microsystems (formerly Tarantella Inc.), The Santa Cruz Operation (formerly IXI), Accenture (formerly Binder Hamlyn) and Olivetti.
Churchward holds an Executive MBA from Stanford Business School and studied computer science at Cambridge Tutors College, England.
Here we are as Dell EMC, and we’re champing at the bit to show our customers, partners and the world what we’re made of as a combined business. We were already recognized as the leader in data storage pre-merger and together we’re going from strong to stronger, now number one across all combined mid-range markets in which we play. If you’re a customer or partner of either company this bodes well for you, as Dell EMC can now offer an even greater choice of world-class products from a single vendor, which has become the largest privately controlled IT company in the world.
Since we started this journey nearly a year ago, we’ve had a number of questions from customers about our plans to support the midrange storage portfolios that are coming together. Let me confirm that we are 100% committed to supporting both EMC Unity and the Dell SC Series (Compellent) going forward. Why? Let’s start with a look at what both product lines have brought to the combined business and then fast forward to see what the future holds.
The Dell EMC midrange businesses represent:
Market share of 29.4%, nearly double that of our nearest competitor.
Leadership across all price bands. [i]
$5 billion in combined revenues [ii] within a total addressable market of more than $17 billion.
More than 100,000 existing, passionate storage customers [iii], with the heritage of both EMC technologies well positioned in large enterprises and of Dell’s incredible strength in the entry-level and mid-markets.
The Combined Dell EMC Midrange Portfolio – Go Forward from Today
Dell EMC’s midrange portfolio now has a scale and breadth that is without comparison in our industry. Our combined midrange offerings are the strongest they’ve ever been as, this year, we have launched new products such as Unity Flash storage systems and made powerful enhancements to the SC Series OS. This all adds up to a combined portfolio for our customers and partners that is unmatched elsewhere in the industry. (more…)
Chief Technology Officer, Superna and Guest Blogger
Andrew is an innovator in all aspects of data center technologies with patents covering encryption solutions, automation/orchestration, secure Cloud computing, data replication and Disaster Recovery systems. Responsible for the strategic direction of Superna's core competencies, product evolution and software technologies targeting the creation of differentiated solutions that close the Enterprise, Cloud Service provider gap. He is focused on developing Superna's technology roadmap and relationships with strategic partners. Prior to joining Superna, Andrew was a senior technologist with Nortel where he pioneered the development of optical storage area networking products for Fortune 500 and carrier customers and developed a next generation of network based encryption products. He started his career as a Systems Architect at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police designing highly available and secure systems for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, the FBI and Interpol.
IT is an integral part of most businesses today. At Superna, IT is our business. We design, test, and certify enterprise software on EMC and VCE infrastructures for other companies around the world—all day, every day. Therefore, we’re constantly exploring the latest and greatest in IT.
We’ve adopted nearly the entire EMC portfolio, including VMAX3, VNX, Isilon, VPLEX, and ViPR. They’re all tied into VCE Vblock Systems in our environment, which is 99% virtualized with VMware. This standardized, virtualized infrastructure has not only helped us grow our business, but also allowed for our IT staff to accomplish more in less time. We are able to spin up a virtual environment, onboard a customer, and start a new project in hours, rather than days, which it was previously taking. This agility is a key differentiator for Superna.
Most recently, we added VMAX3 to our environment. We were able to migrate the entire workload from our previous VMAX arrays to the VMAX3 in a matter of days and immediately saw a positive impact. From consolidation alone, we generated power savings of at least 20-25%. (more…)
Former co-founder and CEO of TwinStrata, Nicos Vekiarides is now Vice President of Cloud Technology following the acquisition of TwinStrata by EMC. In his 20+ years of experience, Nicos has led teams focused on revolutionizing storage virtualization, data replication and cloud storage.
Since the announcement of TwinStrata’s acquisition last July we have been working hard on the first major release of CloudArray designed to EMC’s rigorous product standards. Today, with the launch of EMC CloudArray 5.0, all the work pays off as we deliver an updated version of CloudArray that takes everything our customers know and love about CloudArray, adds new features, additional supported clouds and improves usability. A thoroughly updated user interface and a refreshed line of software and hardware appliances are the final touches in a revised CloudArray product that delivers higher levels of quality and performance than ever before.
Here’s a quick peek at what’s new:
Additional cloud provider support for EMC ViPR and ECS. These providers join the expansive list of cloud providers that CloudArray already supports. And as before, CloudArray users will have the ability to simultaneously support multiple clouds and easily migrate data between them. So whether customers are looking to use a public, private or hybrid cloud solution, CloudArray provides the connections they need.
A refreshed set of hardware appliances ranging from 12TB to 80TB of onboard, usable cache storage. CloudArray has refreshed its hardware appliance to better meet the needs of customers. This new generation of appliances features faster CPUs and bus architectures that enhance performance and improve throughput.
Usability improvements. In addition to hardware upgrades, this release of CloudArray also offers significant usability changes to improve customer experience. More robust network configuration tools support expanded network topologies that include proxy configurations. A new interface helps simplify certificate management. To make performance tuning a snap, a WAN/cloud performance optimizer now automates adjustments based on available bandwidth to the cloud.
A sleeker user interface. In addition to the appliance and performance enhancements, this release also includes an updated user interface that includes an easier rapid configurator and cleaner, more intuitive navigation
Despite these improvements, what hasn’t changed is CloudArray’s sophisticated caching capability and its rich feature set. CloudArray continues to enable customers to take advantage of the scalability and affordability of object storage to save themselves both time and money. Local caching, physical and virtual form factors, and API translation, make CloudArray the perfect choice for customers looking to integrate public and private cloud storage into their existing infrastructure.
This release represents a cloud-integrated synergy that is the start of even deeper integration with the EMC product portfolio. As I said in a prior blog post, the proliferation of CloudArray technology enables virtually any organization to enjoy the operational and economic benefits of a hybrid cloud storage strategy. Today, we have taken another step closer to that reality!
To learn more about EMC CloudArray and for a more detailed look at the product’s features, please visit EMC.com/CloudArray
Marketing and IT Consultant, Data Protection and Availability Division at EMC Corporation
I’m often asked how a political science major at Tufts wound up in the IT world, covering backup, storage, virtualization and cloud of all things.
Truth is, it’s really a love for learning, a need to understand the “bigger picture” and a desire to share that view with others that’s steered my path over the past 20 years, from campaign manager to editor, analyst and marketer.
After hours, you’ll find me hanging with family, running 10ks through Peachtree City’s 90 miles of cart paths, watching football or reading. I’m a New England transplant enjoying life in the South.
In my previous life, I also blogged for ComputerWorld, Enterprise Strategy Group and Hitachi Data Systems, but The Backup Window is my baby. It's been great watching it evolve.
Third platform applications are changing the way organizations manage, consume, deliver and protect storage. They are increasingly cloud-enabled, use sophisticated development frameworks, and are instantly available from any device. However, many existing applications are still in traditional and dedicated storage silos with restricted protection policies and provisioning has one basic purpose – connect well-known users to on-premise enterprise applications. Provisioning 1.0 operates with only an IT focus, with no business context and is in the dark ages. Provisioning 2.0 has emerged as a modern and agile way to fill the provisioning gap and is guided by a few key characteristics: business-driven, simple user experience, intuitive process, easy to deploy and maintain, and meets cloud and mobile demands. (more…)
A couple years ago, fresh out of Business School at Boston College, I started at EMC and dove head first into all things backup and archive, focusing on Data Domain systems. I love the challenge of communicating complicated technologies in innovative and engaging ways and there is certainly no shortage of inspiration at EMC’s Data Protection and Availability Division. Outside of the tech world, I am an artist, animal lover and sufferer of wanderlust. You can also find me on Twitter achieving the perfect balance of data protection and cat gifs.
According to a recent survey by Vanson Bourne to over 3300 IT decision makers globally, 87% of businesses are behind the curve for data protection maturity and 71% of businesses are not fully confident of restoring their data and applications. Collectively, these enterprises are losing $1.7 trillion through data loss and unplanned downtime. The more data protection vendors they throw at their problems, the more data loss they experienced and the cost of downtime exploded to 5X the level of using just one vendor. Sounds like the ground is swampy to me. (more…)
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