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EMC, Intel ink OEM agreement for SMBs

Posted: 06 Apr 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:EMC? Intel? OEM? storage? SMB?

EMC Corp. and Intel Corp. announced a multi-year storage OEM and expanded technology agreement focused on the growing storage requirements of small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).

As part of the agreement, Intel will offer a networked storage system based on EMC's CLARiiON AX150 to Intel resellers and distributors worldwide. Resellers will offer the easy-to-use, cost-effective system to customers under their own private brands and labels.

According to the press release, EMC's CLARiiON networked storage systems utilize Intel processors to achieve price performance leadership in the midrange storage segment. As part of this relationship, EMC and Intel have agreed to future collaboration that will help Intel enhance its processors to meet the increasing requirements of networked storage systems and help EMC to enhance its storage architectures and identify future market requirements.

"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, vice president 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."

The Intel SSR212PP Storage System based on EMC CLARiiON AX150 technology is expected to be available from participating Intel channel members worldwide beginning next month (May 2006). Featuring up to 12 serial ATA II (SATA II) disk drives in a 2U rack mountable enclosure, the Intel SSR212PP networked storage system can support a maximum capacity of 6Tbytes in a single array. Offered in single- or dual-controller configurations, the press release further said, this easy-to-install storage system provides SMBs with advanced features and the security of redundant power and cooling functionality. It is available for iSCSI or Fiber Channel for flexible direct attached storage (DAS) or storage area network (SAN) connectivity.

The newly announced EMC-Intel OEM agreement is the latest in a recent series of collaborative activities between EMC and Intel. In March, Intel and VMware, an EMC subsidiary, announced a broad collaboration to bring the benefits of virtualization to enterprises and new market segments.

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