CeBIT 2007: Fujitsu Siemens and EMC form European power bloc

Storage and computing giants to collaborate on products and services for next generation data centres.

Fujitsu Siemens and EMC have announced a new deal to collaborate on services and products for the next generation of data centre architectures.

Under the deal both companies will continue to integrate products from the other into their sales lines both fo. Fujitsu Siemens already rebadges the EMC CLARiiON brand under the FibreCAT brand while EMC sells Fujitsu Siemens CentricStor Virtual Tape Appliance through its Select program.

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Less than a year after being acquired by Fujitsu Siemens, IT Product Services (ITPS) has become both profitable and achieved EMC Certification status allowing it to join the EMC Authorised Service Network.

Both companies are targeting SAP and intend to collaborate on extending their current solutions for SAP customers. This will be based on Fujitsu Siemens FlexFrame technology. Microsoft is another vendor that will be targeted as both companies integrate their products targeted at Exchange 2007 and SQL Server onto the Fujitsu Siemens BladeFrame platform.

Dr Helmut Beck, vice president Fujitsu Siemens' storage product division said: "This is not just about reselling product it's a major strategic alliance. We are already the most significant partner in Europe for EMC and now we are taking that relationship a little further. With this announcement we are also extending the relationship into other areas through ITPS who will take the lead on delivering many of these new services to customers of SAP and Microsoft."

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