IBM vs. EMC for Wal-Mart
Big Blue wins latest round, but EMC wants to set the record straight.IBM and EMC are both claiming victory in a showdown to meet Wal-Marts IT needs. IBM on Monday disclosed that Wal-Mart plans to standardize its "worldwide data center infrastructure" on Big Blues Enterprise Storage Servers (code named Shark) and eServer z900 mainframes. The announcement was a thinly veiled assault on EMCs enterprise storage business. But within hours of the IBM announcement, EMC was asking for equal time. In an unsolicited e-mail to Smart Partner, an EMC spokeswoman wrote that IBM "bundled the storage [systems] into what was primarily a mainframe and services deal, [which] enabled [IBM] to sell the storage at a deep discount. Storage represented a small fraction of the entire transaction."
"EMC continues to be Wal-Marts primary information storage provider," the EMC spokeswoman wrote. "And [Wal-Mart] continued to invest in EMC information storage systems, software and networking throughout 2001."