LAS VEGAS: EMC is extending its partnership and customer support programmes to help firms that have embraced its virtualisation and cloud computing platforms.
EMC introduced a series of initiatives at its annual user conference which include a partnership deal with VMware and the rollout of training programmes based on large-scale enterprise data analytics.
For storage customers, the company will team up with VMware to add management tools for its VNX unified storage brand. Under the deal, EMC will become a certified VMware OEM and will offer the VMware operations management suite as a bundled deal with its VNX hardware appliances.
The two companies will also collaborate to develop the VNX connector, a software plug-in designed to offer administrators a better view of storage and network operations and analysis.
EMC has also expanded its training programmes, extending support for its latest initiatives. EMC president and chief operating officer for infrastructure and cloud services Howard Elias said that in the coming months the company students would be graduating from its data science training programmes.
Data science combines the use of large-scale database platforms with sophisticated business and financial analytic concepts.
The company believes that such data science specialists will prove vital in the use of emerging big data and business intelligence platforms.
Elias noted that the first graduates of the programme, who would be reaching their certifications in the coming months, were largely younger professionals who came from finance and statistical analysis backgrounds.
"This is an important investment, there is this gap that needs to be filled," Elias explained.
"You may know the insights you are looking for in business but most likely you are not an expert on what the technology can do. Or you are sitting in IT and you know all the great technology that can be developed, but you don't know what needs to be done on the business side."
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