EMC has appointed Jeff Nick, the former chief architect of IBM's grid computing initiative, as its senior vice-president and chief technology officer (CTO).
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Nick fills a position that had been vacant at the storage supplier for more than a year.
As head of EMC's Office of Technology, Nick is responsible for setting the technical direction of EMC's software, systems and services organisations.
In hiring Nick, EMC gains crucial expertise in developing industry standards. While at IBM, Nick led the company's work on the Open Grid Services Architecture standard for grid computing. He was also the lead architect for IBM's zSeries mainframe servers and is credited with bringing the Linux operating system to the mainframe.
Nick left IBM in June.
Robert McMillan writes for IDG News Service