EMC, Sun put differences aside for Solaris support

Sun and EMC are placing their storage arena rivalry aside and collaborating to help customers running EMC software on Sun's Solaris 10 .

Sun Microsystems and EMC, sometime bitter rivals in the storage arena, are collaborating to make life simpler for customers running EMC software on Sun's Solaris 10 operating system, the two companies announced Thursday.

The pair have agreed to ensure compatibility between EMC's networked storage products and Solaris 10 running on both Sun Sparc and Advanced Micro Devices's (AMD's) Opteron x64-based systems, according to a joint release. EMC is also planning to add support for Solaris to its PowerPath and Legato NetWorker software, and also to unspecified Legato products and software from its Documentum and Smarts families.

Sun and EMC have extended an existing agreement for Sun to sell the OEM (original equipment manufacturer) version of EMC's Legato NetWorker as its backup and recovery software repackaged as Sun StorEdge Enterprise Backup Software.

Sun had a long-standing relationship with Legato Systems, which was acquired by EMC in 2003. Sun made a significant move further into the storage business at the beginning of this month when it announced its intentions to acquire Storage Technology (StorageTek) for US$4.1 billion.

EMC and Sun said in the release that they are also beginning to talk about further collaboration in other areas, notably in relation to Sun's Sun Cluster software.

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