At the EMC Technology Summit in Las Vegas last week, EMC President and CEO Joe Tucci was joined by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to announce plans to build on a strategic global alliance their companies formed in February 2000 and to extend their partnership. The partnership between the companies includes technology sharing and product licensing. Starting this summer, EMC will offer Windows Powered Network Attached Storage (WPNAS) systems, starting with a new product called EMC NetWin 200. EMC joins the ranks of many other companies in the storage industry, including Dell, Hewlett-Packard (HP), and IBM in licensing Microsoft's NAS OS. The NetWin 200 will range in price from $7000 to $50,000. EMC will continue to offer its high-end Celerra NAS systems.
Other key points of the expanded relationship include additional technology sharing. EMC will integrate Microsoft's new Windows Server 2003 storage APIs into its storage platform, including its ControlCenter open storage management applications. The two companies will also work together to support development of the emerging storage management standards. EMC and Microsoft will both ensure support for enterprise deployment of EMC products in Windows environments, which includes EMC licensing technology from Microsoft to enable protocol interoperability between EMC's storage devices and Windows client PCs. The companies plan to initiate joint sales and marketing efforts to sell customers on the benefit of integrated Microsoft and EMC technology in networked storage environments and drive adoption of EMC's new Windows Powered NAS (WPNAS) solutions.