EMC Outlines SAMSUNG Alliance, Realigns Company

   Hoping to take better advantage of the growing Asian storage market, EMC has announced details of an alliance with SAMSUNG . The alliance was announced previously, but only now are details emerging. The EMC/SAMSUNG alliance is similar to the one EMC has with US-based Dell but is aimed at the Asian storage market. The alliance's first step is to have SAMSUNG resell EMC CLARiiON storage systems under SAMSUNG's StorageMax brand name. In the future, the companies will codevelop products that, together with the StorageMax line, will target small and midsized businesses.
   In other EMC news, the company announced the formation of a new software group during a meeting with financial analysts in New York. The software group will include EMC's Documentum, LEGATO Software, and open-software organizations. Executive Vice President David DeWalt and Executive Vice President of Open Software Mark Lewis will comanage the 4000-employee group. One of the group's key goals will be to compete with VERITAS Software. "I've already been sticking pins in my \[VERITAS CEO\] Gary Bloom doll," De Walt joked. Missing from the new group is recently acquired VMware, which will continue to operate as a separate wholly owned subsidiary so it can more easily work with EMC competitors. 

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