EMC, Dell to launch low-end storage product

Dell Computer and enterprise storage vendor EMC will celebrate the one-year anniversary of their alliance with the launch of a low-end storage system, a Dell executive said Monday.

The companies plan to unveil the Clariion CX 200, a new entry-level storage product on which they have worked closely together, later on Monday, said Steve Lewis, head of the storage division for Dell in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

The official announcement will be made in a webcast this afternoon at 3.30 p.m. Eastern Time by Joe Tucci, president and chief executive officer of EMC, and Kevin Rollins, president and chief operating officer of Dell.

"There is a tremendous amount of cooperation between the two companies," Lewis said, adding that Dell plans to manufacture the CX 200 systems in-house.

The CX 200 is the third in a line of Clariion CX Fibre Channel arrays for midsize companies and branch offices. EMC earlier this month introduced the Clariion CX 400, following the August launch of the CX 600.

The CX 200 will be available worldwide from December, Lewis said. Pricing information and technical details were not immediately available.

Dell and EMC in October last year formed a five-year, multibillion-dollar alliance to sell the cobranded EMC Clariion portfolio of enterprise storage systems. Initially only a reseller pact, the relationship has since been extended to include product development and manufacturing.

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