Dell, Microsoft Expand Relationship into Storage

Dell Computer and Microsoft on Monday announced a strategic alliance to develop NAS (network attached storage) systems powered by the computer maker's PowerVault storage line and the software giant's Microsoft Windows 2000 technology.

Officials for the couple said the resulting products would be due out early next year.

A late-comer to the storage market, Round Rock, Texas-based Dell has been aggressive in playing catch-up, posting a 70 percent growth rate in external storage sales over the last year, a figure that earned Dell the title of sixth largest external storage producer world-wide, according to figures by Framingham, Mass.-based International Data Corp.

The new alliance fortifies an already strong relationship between Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft, and Dell, which makes available the full gamut of Windows products for its corporate computer lines.

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