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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.