Refreshed Storage Line Helps EMC Have Strong Q1

By CIOinsight  |  Posted 04-21-2011

Earnings reports from storage and data protection giant EMC may be getting somewhat repetitive each quarter, but they are certainly not ho-hum for EMC management, employees and shareholders.

The Hopkinton, Mass.-based corporation on April 20 again reported revenue that exceeded Wall Street projections to go with healthy profit margins, as it has for a string of quarters.

First-quarter 2011 consolidated revenue was $4.6 billion, an increase of 18 percent compared with the year-ago quarter, a Q1 record for EMC. First-quarter GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) net income climbed 28 percent year over year to $477.1 million.

During the first quarter, EMC expanded its gross and operating margins substantially compared to 2010.  The company recorded operating cash flow of $1.1 billion and ended the first quarter with $9.5 billion in cash and investments.

Income from sales of EMC's enerprise-level Symmetrix storage arrays increased by 25 percent over Q1 2010, and the company's mid-tier storage line grew revenue by 20 percent.  Revenue from VMware, majority-owned by EMC, was up 33 percent, and revenue from EMC's RSA information security business grew 8 percent.

EMC is among a growing number if IT companies cashing in on a clear trend: Corporations large, small and midrange-sized are ramping up their tech investments following two to three years of little or no movement in IT refreshes.

EMC, which is phasing out its Clariion and Celerra storage arrays and replacing them with its new-generation VNX and VNXe products, said it is getting good responses from many of its current and potential customers, despite what could in reality be a forklift-lift changeover from the old systems to the new ones.

For more, read the eWEEK article: EMC Rides Refreshed Storage Line to Record Q1 Revenue.