IBM, NetApp announce tie-up

DQW Bureau
11 Apr 2005
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IBM and Network Appliance (NetApp) have announced a strategic storage

relationship to drive information on demand solutions and to expand IBM's

portfolio of storage solutions. As part of the relationship, IBM and NetApp will

enter into an original equipment manufac-turing (OEM) agreement that will enable

IBM to sell IBM branded solutions based on NetApp unified and open network

attached storage (NAS) and iSCSI/IP SAN solutions, including NearStore and the

NetApp V-Series Systems, as well as associated software offerings.

According to IDC, NetApp was the revenue share leader in both NAS and iSCSI

for calendar year 2004. Under this agreement, IBM will reach into more countries

than any other OEM reseller for NetApp.

The agreement also pro-motes enhanced integration of NetApp applications with

IBM Tivoli Storage Manager, aimed at delivering additional customer value. In

addition, with NetApp customers inc-reasingly seeking a complete tiered storage

solution, NetApp will position IBM as its preferred supplier of tape systems in

its solutions for NetApp customers.

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