Tools for Storing and Retrieving Digitized Information
its early days, EMC has focused its engineering skills on developing better tools
for preserving and managing digitized information. Dick Egan and Roger Marino,
two seasoned executives (and friends since their 1961 graduation from Northeastern
University's engineering school) founded EMC in 1979. They had no business plan
or products, just a strong desire to run their own company and provide information
technology users with better solutions to their needs.
At first, they
sold Intel's memory products to customers in the fast-growing minicomputer industry
throughout New England. In doing so, they uncovered a widespread dissatisfaction
with the minicomputer vendors who forced these customers to buy all of the minicomputers'
components, including add-on memory, from only one supplier. When they hit upon
the idea for developing a better memory at a cheaper price, Dick and Roger spent
weekends over the next five months designing and testing- on a computer loaned
to them by one of their customers at the University of Rhode Island-their first
product, a memory module that plugged into Prime computers.
on, success came from providing a similar solution to other types of minicomputers
and later expanding into larger and more complicated disk-based storage systems
for mainframe computers.
The focus on fast and reliable access to information
led EMC to re-think computer storage in the early 1990s. With successive waves
of computer storage hardware and software products, EMC went on to create a fast-growing
segment of the information technology industry.