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EMC's Mark Lewis Takes Software Unit Torch

EMC , a leader in the market for data storage systems, Thursday said that it would soon move Executive Vice President of New Ventures and CTO Mark Lewis to head the software division to replace an executive who is moving overseas.

Beginning July 1, Lewis will serve as Executive Vice President of Open Software Operations under President and CEO Joe Tucci. The shift will happen because Erez Ofer decided to return to Israel following more than 10 years at Hopkinton, Mass.-based EMC. Ofer will remain an executive vice president and will continue to report to Tucci.

Lewis, who moved to EMC from HP last year, has spent the past 11 months orchestrating the outfit's technical direction of merger and acquisition activities. He also spearheaded EMC Centera, a suite that harnesses content-addressed storage (CAS). Centera provides online access for a wide range of fixed content, including X-rays and MRIs, electronic business documents, e-mail archives, check images, electronic statements, and completed CAD/CAM designs.

Lewis' new position dictates that he will have a more broad range of responsibility, spanning automated storage software products such as AutoAdvice, a suite of hosted solutions tailored to provide simple monitoring and expert advice for managing Oracle, SAP, Windows, Linux, UNIX, SQL, and Exchange environments. His sphere of command will also include the ControlCenter family, which includes storage management software that automates multi-vendor storage device, storage network, and storage resource management.

"The ease with which we are able to make this transition really speaks to the depth of our management team," said Tucci in a public statement. "Erez has made great contributions to EMC's technology leadership over the past decade, and has helped us build a strong foundation for our very promising open software business under the AutoIS strategy."

Tucci also said Erez will help guide strategic initiatives and spend time with EMC's European customers to deliver the company's automated networked storage products.

EMC competes with fellow storage system vendors Hitachi Data Systems, HP and IBM.