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By eweek  |  Posted 2003-04-28 Print this article Print

The NAS move in particular makes EMC more of a competitor to its sales and manufacturing partner, Dell Computer Corp., of Round Rock, Texas. "Todays announcement underscores the power of the Windows platform and importance of networked storage in meeting business-critical requirements for customers of all sizes, today and in the future," Dell President and Chief Operating Officer Kevin Rollins said through EMCs statement today. For EMC, "Some customers Im sure are comfortable with one company as their vendor," noted Evaluator Group Inc. analyst Dennis Martin, regarding NetWin 200 and future Windows NAS products. But EMC "needs to be and is going to be careful" not to intrude on Dells customers, he said, in Greenwood Village, Colo.
Todays announcements could help make EMC a more attractive acquisition target for Dell, another analyst said, asking not to be named.
Seperately, EMC on Wednesday will announce new software to help customers build and troubleshoot storage networks. The new products include SAN Architect, similar to Computer Associates International Inc.s Netreon tool, and AutoAdvice, a Web-based tool for comparing technical glitches to past issues in a knowledge base, officials said. Latest Storage News:
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