Building on a long-standing relationship of integrating enterprise-class systems, software, services and shared best practices, EMC Corp. and Microsoft Corp. today announced a significant expansion of their alliance to further simplify the delivery of information life-cycle management (ILM) solutions for Microsoft® application environments. EMC and Microsoft will work together to develop and deliver a portfolio of integrated solutions that will help business customers cost-effectively manage information on the Microsoft server platform.
The expansion includes significant investments and commitments by both companies to joint solution delivery and sales engagement support to accelerate customer adoption and simplify deployment of Microsoft’s Exchange Server 2003 and SQL Server™ 2005 Enterprise Edition. In addition, a worldwide network of partner account managers will be established to drive predictable joint engagement and solution delivery.
EMC and Microsoft have committed to this new framework, which will facilitate the delivery of an ongoing portfolio of joint solutions. The alliance will initially focus on the following three initiatives:
• Simplified Exchange Upgrade and Deployment. Assessment, design and implementation services enhance the Exchange Server 2003 collaboration architecture and accelerate the implementation and upgrade process. An optimized information infrastructure with a centralized e-mail operation will enable customers to back up and rapidly restore Exchange Server information for disaster recovery, archiving and compliance.
• SQL Server 2005 Upgrade and Deployment. Database design and implementation services streamline customer upgrades to or new deployments of SQL Server 2005. This solution also results in an information infrastructure optimized for scalability, performance and availability.
• Accelerated Lotus Notes to Exchange Migration. Migration assessment, design and implementation services help Lotus Notes customers migrate to Exchange Server 2003 on an optimized EMC information infrastructure.
This is on the service side of EMC’s business. They still compete with Microsoft on products like VMware and continuous data protection, while having a strained relationship in low end network storage.
Update: And today EMC was one of the founders of the OpenDocument Format Alliance.