A friend of mine sent me this MSN Money article last night, A Tech Stock To Own Now. It discusses the rise, fall, and steady growth of EMC stock. He knew I was into virtualization and that I might be of some help. He wanted to know if EMC would be a smart investment for his stock portfolio. At a previous employer, I was a Network/VMware/SAN administrator for an EMC NS40 and NS352, so I have a little bit of experiance playing with EMC products. It's no V-Max, that's for sure, but here was my response.
Take in mind, he doesn't know anything related to virtualization or SAN technology and that I know nothing about the stock market or investments. I'm also not an EMC guru, so I don't know the ins and outs of EMC, this is just my own opinion.
"EMC is the largest SAN (storage area network) player in the game. Back in the 90s they were one of the ONLY players in the game, and they did it the best. They gained a huge market share and once you go with EMC, it's hard to turn back. The whole IT world is headed towards virtualization. Currently, Data Centers are being virtualized so servers are more robust and have greater efficiency. It is already common that organizations have adopted virtualization, or they are messing with it. Up next is going to be desktop virtualization, which might only be 2-4 years away from hitting mainstream because its almost ready for wide-scale deployment. VMware is software that enables virtualization, while EMC is the storage behind all of that. The fact that EMC owns VMware, lets them see a profit from that, even though you can buy VMware stock.