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EMC outlines technology strategy

At its annual EMC Technology Summit event, EMC executives outlined a partnership with Microsoft and a shift from a one-size-fits-all strategy to a choice of tools for a specific task.

Dave Donatelli, executive vice-president of storage platforms operations at EMC, said the same fibre channel-based drives could be used in all of the company's products. He added that the company's SANcopy software will soon permit customers to replicate data between EMC'sSymmetrix and Clariion family of products.

Donatelli said EMC will soon permit users with new software to simply replicate only the data that has changed on a Symmetrix array since the last copy.

EMC also plans to support the recently ratified iSCSI standard. Donatelli said iSCSI is a technology that will "come in the middle" between FC and IP-based Nas in terms of performance.

Joe Tucci, president and chief executive officer of EMC and Microsoft chief executive officer Steve Ballmer announced a Nas appliance based on technology developed by Microsoft.

The appliance, dubbed NetWin 200, will be built using Microsoft's Windows-powered Nas software, which EMC has licensed. EMC joins Dell Computer, Hewlett-Packard and IBM as licensees of Microsoft's Nas offering.

Tucci also announced that the companies have worked together to more tightly integrate their APIs to ensure improved interoperability.

The two companies will also work together to develop APIs that allow further interoperability between Microsoft's recently announced Windows Server 2003.

The two companies will also jointly sell and market the product, and as Tucci explained will also work to ensure much of the functionality is pre-integrated.


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