IBM and NetApp sign storage deal


IBM and NetApp sign storage deal

Antony Savvas
IBM and Network Appliance have joined forces to offer an alternative to EMC storage products.

As part of the relationship, IBM and Network Appliance, also known as NetApp, have signed an OEM agreement that will enable IBM to sell IBM-branded products based on Network Appliance's network attached storage and iSCSI/IP storage area network products.

These include Network Appliance's Nearstore and NetApp V-Series systems as well as associated software offerings.

The agreement promotes enhanced integration of NetApp software with IBM Tivoli Storage Manager. IBM Tivoli Storage Manager is now a preferred back-up and recovery system for Network Appliance products and a key offering of the IBM Totalstorage 0pen software family.

In addition, with Network Appliance users increasingly seeking a complete tiered storage system, Network Appliance will position IBM as its preferred supplier of tape systems for NetApp users.

"The IBM relationship with Network Appliance is a prime example of how two industry-leading companies, both of whom actively support open standards, can team up to offer information on-demand solutions," said Andy Monshaw, general manager, IBM Storage Systems.

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