Dell Ends 10 Year Partnership with EMC

Dell announced that it has ended a ten-year partnership with storage appliances maker EMC.

Dell, in an effort to expand its business lines, made a series of storage acquisitions which put it in direct competition with its former partner EMC.

Under the agreement, which was first signed in 2001, Dell used to resell EMC storage products under its own brand name. The agreement had been renewed twice before the companies decided to part ways; two years before the most recent contract was about to expire.

Dell, which has spent close to $2 billion in acquired storage companies, sold Dell branded EMC OEM and resell EMC products like CLARiiON, Celerra, Data Domain and VNX.

"Dell is making serious investments in both acquisition and internal development to assemble a competitive storage portfolio that provides customers with superior technology, such as automated tiering, virtualisation and content aware deduplication and compression," said Dell Storage Vice President and General Manager, Darren Thomas, as reported by eWEEK.

"Our customers are seeing the benefits of Dell's storage portfolio and the context within a broader data center strategy as compared to storage products built around costly and old architectures," he added.