"We give EMC credit for embracing technology shifts that appear to be disruptive to its legacy...

|By:, SA News Editor

"We give EMC credit for embracing technology shifts that appear to be disruptive to its legacy businesses," says Lazard's Edward Parker, commenting on reports the storage giant is buying ScaleIO, a company whose software-defined storage (SDS) platform does away with arrays from the likes of EMC, NetApp, IBM, and H-P (provided it makes sense for a deployment). Parker observes there are both array-supporting and array-free approaches to SDS, and that EMC already has the former covered via ViPR. He also notes the storage industry generally has a motto of "if it ain't broken, don't fix it," which could slow the pace at which array-free solutions are adopted.