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EMC ends 2011 on a strong earnings note

CEO Joe Tucci touts EMC's ability to hit the key movements--cloud computing, virtualization, and big data--that are revamping enterprise IT.

Storage giant EMC reported strong fourth-quarter results with a 2012 outlook that was in line with Wall Street expectations. The company also expects to grow twice as fast as information technology spending overall.

EMC reported fourth-quarter earnings of $832 million, or 38 cents a share, on revenue of $5.6 billion, up 14 percent from a year ago. Non-GAAP earnings were 49 cents a share. Wall Street was expecting fourth-quarter non-GAAP earnings of 46 cents a share on revenue of $5.49 billion.

For 2011, EMC reported earnings of $2.5 billion, or $1.10 a share, on revenue of $20 billion, up 18 percent from a year ago.

As for the outlook, CFO David Goulden projected non-GAAP earnings of $1.70 a share on revenue of $22 billion. Wall Street was expecting $1.71 a share in earnings and $22 billion in sales.

In a statement, CEO Joe Tucci touted the company’s ability to hit the key movements—cloud computing, virtualization, and big data—that are revamping enterprise IT.

By the numbers for the fourth quarter:

  • Information storage revenue was up 12 percent in the fourth quarter with high-end systems up 11 percent.
  • VMware’s results were strong. See: VMware Q4 shines: Aims to ‘go beyond cost reduction’
  • EMC’s RSA security business saw revenue growth of 16 percent in the fourth quarter.
  • EMC’s VNX unified storage family had 2,000 new customers.
  • U.S. revenue in the fourth quarter was $3 billion, up 16 percent from a year ago. The U.S. accounts for 54 percent of revenue. International revenue was $2.6 billion, up 12 percent from a year ago.

This story was originally posted at ZDNet's Between the Lines under the headline "EMC: Strong Q4, 2012 outlook on track."