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It’s All Over Between Dell and EMC
The Dell-EMC relationship started coming apart in 2007 when Dell bought EqualLogic

Dell and EMC have finally split after a profitable 10-year run.

Dell's not going to resell anymore EMC products like its Clariion SAN arrays, Celerra NAS servers, Data Domain deduplication appliances and VNX NAS/SAN combo arrays. Instead it will sell its own widgetry in competition with EMC.

The Dell-EMC relationship started coming apart in 2007 when Dell bought EqualLogic. Dell's attempt to buy 3PAR last year strained it some more and it's buying Compellent Technologies a few months later for its Clariion-competitive mid-range storage really tore it. There's been expectations of a divorce ever since.

The end has now come two years before their latest contract was supposed to expire.

In the past EMC product (mostly Clariion) represented 50% of Dell's storage revenue and Dell contributed 8%-9% of EMC annual revenues.

Dell has spent upwards of $2 billion the last three-four years on iSCSI SAN merchant EqualLogic, Fibre Channel storage company Compellent, scale-out NAS house Exanet and data compression vendor Ocarina. It's also got partnerships with Symantec, CommVault and Caringo. It's now supposed to get close to 80% of its storage revenues from its own IP and most of its profits.

Dell means to support EMC products past 2013 through EMC's end-of-life dates. Most of the Clariion and Celerra lines were supposed to be discontinued anyway at the end of the year and replaced by VNX and VNXe.

About Maureen O'Gara
Maureen O'Gara the most read technology reporter for the past 20 years, is the Cloud Computing and Virtualization News Desk editor of SYS-CON Media. She is the publisher of famous "Billygrams" and the editor-in-chief of "Client/Server News" for more than a decade. One of the most respected technology reporters in the business, Maureen can be reached by email at maureen(at)sys-con.com or paperboy(at)g2news.com, and by phone at 516 759-7025. Twitter: @MaureenOGara

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