PLUGGED IN: EMC Goes on the Offensive by Mark Veverka
Summary: When storage giant EMC Corp. (NYSE:EMC) bought email security vendor RSA 1/2 year ago, Wall Street's reaction was luke warm. Investors complained that storage and security-token authentication were incompatible. At this week's "RSA Conference" in San Francisco EMC is expected to do its best to demonstrate the two companies' integration is coming along faster and cleaner than investors expected. EMC, it's speculated, will unveil a line of its high-end Symmetrix storage arrays with RSA's authentication systems pre-loaded. This is a big deal for companies that operate PC centers to which numerous IP, maintenance and service providers need access -- but not to the storage arrays. Built-in authentication provides an extra line of defense. Shares dropped as low as $9.44, but have bounced back near early-year highs of $14.5.
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