Compaq and IBM Storage Relationship Hits Some Bumps

An agreement between Compaq and IBM signed in July 2000 appears to be coming to an end. In two separate announcements, IBM and Compaq have each announced plans to discontinue use of each other's technology, but pledged to continue support for each other's products.

IBM will no longer sell Compaq's mid-range storage system MA8000, instead choosing to sell its own T700 unit. Compaq is dropping IBM's high-end Enterprise Storage System (referred to as Shark) in favor of its own new Enterprise Virtual Array.

Compaq's new Enterprise Virtual Array product will compete with EMC Symmetrix, IBM Shark, and Hitachi Data Systems' Lightning products. Compaq's product has a capacity of as much as 17TB across 240 drives.

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