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EMC execs must love the month of May, when the company can host and feed scores of partners and customers, do some razzle-dazzling of potential buyers, and share news of new products and services at its EMC World conference.

Usually, the event is staged in a resort-like place like Orlando, Fla. This year, the world’s largest independent storage maker, based in Hopkinton, Mass., elected to stay close to home in Boston. Nothing wrong with that, but anybody wishing to soak up some near-tropical sunshine will simply have to wait until another day.