The Persistence of Memory

The Forrest Gump of IT has a down-to-earth approach to cloud computing

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When data storage professional Richard Napolitano took his first postcollege job, with Digital Equipment Corp. (DEC), in 1983, 10 megabytes of hard-drive space cost US $1000. Today you can get a USB drive with 1000 megabytes for $10. Yet for Napolitano—now president of EMC Corp.'s unified storage division—the industry has cycled back around nearly to the place where he began.

Back in the 1980s, mainframes and PCs from the likes of DEC and IBM held the marketplace, and looming on the horizon were the disintegrating forces of Unix and Microsoft. Today, Napolitano says, the industry behemoth may be different (hint: rhymes with "Boracle"), but disintegration is in the air again—literally—in the form of cloud computing.

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

His pivot from defense helped a tiny tuning-fork prevent SUV rollovers and plane crashes

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

In 1992, Asad M. Madni sat at the helm of BEI Sensors and Controls, overseeing a product line that included a variety of sensor and inertial-navigation devices, but its customers were less varied—mainly, the aerospace and defense electronics industries.

And he had a problem.

The Cold War had ended, crashing the U.S. defense industry. And business wasn’t going to come back anytime soon. BEI needed to identify and capture new customers—and quickly.

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