EMC, Netezza to Team in OEM Deal

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2008-05-19 Print this article Print

Exclusive: A partnership will combine EMC's Clariion storage with Netezza's data warehouse appliance.

LAS VEGAS-Data warehouse appliance vendor Netezza May 20 will announce its biggest business partnership to date, an OEM agreement with EMC, the world's largest storage infrastructure company.

Netezza will include EMC's Clariion network storage in its data warehouse appliance as part of the OEM deal to deliver new appliance-based packages designed to simplify the aggregation of business intelligence across the enterprise.

BI in this sense is the aggregation of information stored in an enterprise system that can be used to business advantage by the system owner.

"This a great opportunity for both companies," Phil Francisco, Netezza's vice president of product management and marketing, told eWEEK. "This new partnership bolsters our capability to automate enterprise data management operations for our customers and will allow us to further increase our footprint in the market through comarketing initiatives." 

EMC enters data warehousing

EMC, strangely enough, has no data warehousing products and services leading up to this partnership.

EMC President and CEO Joe Tucci, responding to eWEEK during a question-and-answer press conference on May 19, denied that his company would be getting into the BI sector anytime soon, however.

"There's already a lot of players in that market," Tucci said. "We're going to stick to the infrastructure side of the business and partner for the BI needs."

Hence the deal with Netezza, EMC's newest partner. The companies' corporate headquarters are located near each other in Massachusetts, with Netezza's in Framingham and EMC's in Hopkinton.

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Netezza will combine the EMC Clariion AX4 network storage array with the Netezza Performance Server data warehouse appliance to deliver new configurations that address new enterprise operational demands, Francisco said.

These configurations will deliver near-line storage capacity and data staging capability for loading, backup and disaster recovery activities, allowing customers to stage large-scale data movement operations at whatever time they deem best, he said. Most large-scale conventional data movement operations must be conducted late at night or on weekends, mandating inconvenient work hours for IT staff members.

"By offering customers a flexible and scalable way to fundamentally simplify critical and complex data center operations, Netezza will provide a simplified way for customers to approach these functions," said Chuck Hollis, EMC's vice president and global marketing chief technology officer.

These configurations will be sold, delivered, deployed and supported as integral capabilities of the Netezza appliance. The new EMC-Netezza configurations will be available in the second half of 2008, Francisco said.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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