CEBIT: Fujitsu-Siemens and EMC extend integration tie-up

Fujitsu-Siemens Computers and EMC have agreed to extend a longstanding partnership by more closely integrating their respective products in a bid to improve customer satisfaction, the companies' top executives have announced.

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Fujitsu-Siemens Computers and EMC have agreed to extend a longstanding partnership by more closely integrating their respective products in a bid to improve customer satisfaction, the companies' top executives have announced.

The agreement will give Fujitsu-Siemens' customers "flexibility and choice in storage infrastructure", the vendor's chief executive, Bernd Bischoff, said at the Cebit IT trade show in Hanover, Germany. "Customers can rely on one company providing a more diverse set of services across the whole IT stack," he said.

Under the terms of the agreement, Fujitsu-Siemens will integrate storage and management technologies from EMC with its own FlexFrame, BladeFrame and Primergy servers. The two companies will also develop a set of products for SAP users based on the FlexFrame server. A similar initiative will develop a set of products based on the BladeFrame server for companies running Microsoft software, such as SQL Server and Exchange 2007.

These products will be offered alongside consulting services from Fujitsu-Siemens IT Professional Services group, which has been certified as an EMC authorised services network partner.

By integrating EMC and Fujitsu-Siemens' products, the companies hope to improve end-user satisfaction, said Joe Tucci, chairman, president and chief executive of EMC. "That's what it's really all about," he said.

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