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EMC and Intel strike global OEM agreement

Storage giant EMC and components vendor Intel have struck a multi-year global original equipment manufacturer (OEM) deal, focused on meeting the growing storage needs of SMBs.

Storage giant EMC and components vendor Intel have struck a multi-year global original equipment manufacturer (OEM) deal, focused on meeting the growing storage requirements of small and medium sized businesses.

Under the terms of the deal Intel will offer a networked storage system based on the EMC Clariion AX150 to Intel’s 160,000 resellers and distributors worldwide. Resellers will be able to push the product under their own private brands and labels.

“EMC and Intel are sharply focused on driving platform innovation and efficiencies that solve the IT challenges of small and medium businesses in today’s competitive business environment,” said Hans Geyer, VP and general manager of Intel’s storage group.

“By working with EMC to deliver standards-based storage platforms, we are bringing leading enterprise storage value and technology to Intel customers worldwide,” he added.

Joel Schwartz, EMC senior VP and general manager, EMC Clariion, added, “We expect that the reach of Intel’s channel will help give EMC an edge in serving a much broader set of SMBs in emerging markets around the globe. This collaboration also provides the foundation for future engineering collaboration between EMC and Intel for this growing market segment.”

The EMC Clariion networked storage systems use Intel processors and the vendor claims that the partnership results in price-performance leadership in the midrange storage segment. The two vendors have also agreed to future collaboration that will help Intel enhances its processors to meet the increasing requirements demanded from networked storage systems.

The deal marks the latest move in a series of joint activities between Intel and EMC. In March, Intel and VMware, an EMC subsidiary, announced a broad collaboration in the virtualisation arena.

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