RIP RMSG, long live Ionix!

For a couple months now we here at EMC have been getting teases of a big announcement in July, but it wasn’t until EMC World that I started to hear the pieces come together.  A month ago, I found out the whole story.  And now that it’s July 8, I can spill the beans.  There is no more Resource Management Software Group at EMC.

Well, that’s not entirely true.  The group’s here still, but it’s got a spankin’ new name: Ionix.

And what comes with that name (besides business cards and new splashscreens)? I’m glad you asked.

Ionix is a full family of applications that are designed around the Big Idea for EMC’s IT Management – helping people get from the physical world into the virtual, and beyond into the cloud.  Perhaps you’ve heard of some of what makes up Ionix?  We’re talking about products and technologies used in Smarts, nLayers, Voyence, Infra, ControlCenter, and ConfigureSoft.  What you might not have known is that we haven’t been content to just leave these products alone on little islands in the EMC sea.  They’re all part of the same strategic solution which addresses the four major pains your IT management might suffer:

  1. What do I have?
  2. Where are my problems?
  3. What’s changing, and am I still in compliance with internal/external rules?
  4. Am I meeting my service levels?

I won’t sit here and paraphrase the whole press release. You can read it here.  You can also check up on the EMC IT Management Blog for their take on the story, and see what our twitter folks are saying.

In addition, we’re taking the integration that’s already present between these products and building on it.  There are changes afoot within my immediate organization, as we try and arrange our teams to give us the best possible chance to keep ControlCenter successful while building out the future applications that take Ionix integration to the next level.

I’ll be writing about some of these changes as they come up, but if you want a more unfiltered view at the impact this has on our ControlCenter product family, make sure you join our private user community.

In a recent behind-the-firewall blog post, EMC blogger extraordinaire Chuck Hollis said that the Ionix product family was coming around at exactly the right time.  I can’t wait to see where we go with it.