• Press Release

    March 22, 2006

    EMC and IBM Extend Interoperability with Licensing Agreement for System i Storage Interfaces

    Hopkinton, Mass. - Wednesday, March 22, 2006

    Hopkinton, Mass. - March 22, 2006 -

    EMC Corporation, the world leader in information management and storage, today announced a licensing agreement with IBM Corporation that provides EMC with interfaces for storage interoperability and technical support for the IBM System i platform. The five-year agreement will help customers more easily deploy combinations of EMC storage and IBM Systems technologies by enabling compatibility between the IBM i5/OS operating system and the EMC® Symmetrix® family of networked storage systems and software.

    As part of the agreement, the two companies' engineering teams will work together and IBM will provide technical specifications and new releases of software to enable EMC networked storage systems to attach to IBM System i products running the current and future versions of the IBM i5/OS operating system. Financial terms are not being disclosed.

    Brian Connors, Vice President Intellectual Property Licensing at IBM, said, "This agreement underscores IBM's commitment to open innovation and is consistent with our drive towards industry interoperability."

    Chuck Hollis, EMC Vice President, Technology Alliances, added, "This agreement with IBM will help extend the benefits of EMC's information lifecycle management solutions to IBM System i customers. Through efforts such as this, EMC is furthering its commitment to providing System i customers with industry leading storage systems, software and services."

    In October 2003, EMC and IBM announced a licensing agreement that provided EMC with access to a range of storage interfaces and functionality for other IBM Systems lines and agreed to a mutual exchange of open-standards based interfaces for improved manageability and interoperability. In June 2005, the companies extended their cooperative support agreement, which facilitates a mutual response to joint customer issues including the IBM System i and all other IBM Systems lines.

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