EMC chief points up data access effect on war

EMC chief points up data access effect on war

Mike Ruettgers sees an interesting link between information technology and the length of time the United States has engaged in wars.

"There seems to be a correlation between how long it takes you to move the information and how long wars last," said Ruettgers, executive chairman for EMC Corp. of Hopkinton, Mass. "Conflicts have been reduced from decades and years down to months."

The extent of information exchange will become even more pervasive, Ruettgers predicted yesterday during a keynote address at the Air Force Information Technology Conference in Montgomery, Ala. Likewise, he said, data storage needs will continue to increase as well.

Ruettgers said his company is extending what storage can do. He said EMC could help the Air Force reach its "One Air Force, One Network" goal by automating the service's labor-intensive record-keeping activities.

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