EMC and IBM on Wednesday announced another step in their joint technology
agreement, which will now include the midrange iSeries server.
The licensing agreement will provide EMC with interfaces for storage
interoperability and technical support for the iSeries--IBM's best-selling, midrange workhorse.
The five-year agreement will help customers to deploy combinations of EMC
storage and iSeries systems, which EMC says will "enable compatibility between
the IBM i5/OS operating system and the EMC Symmetrix networked storage systems
IBM will provide technical specifications and new releases of software for
the technicians at EMC, which should enable EMC networked storage systems to
attach to IBM iSeries systems. The financial details of the agreement were not disclosed.
"This agreement underscores IBM's commitment to open innovation and is
consistent with our drive towards industry interoperability," said Brian
Connors, vice president for intellectual property licensing at IBM.
IBM has been aiming
to extend the appeal of the iSeries in recent months by beginning to move it
outside its completely proprietary framework. Support for EMC storage is another
step along a path that is slowly moving the range away from an all-IBM
processors, hardware, storage, operating systems and systems software approach.
As part of this, in January, IBM announced support for iSCSI for the first time on the iSeries.
EMC and IBM first announced a licensing agreement in October 2003 that gave
EMC access to a range of IBM storage interfaces and utilities. The two companies
also agreed to a mutual exchange of open standards-based interfaces.
It also recently emerged that EMC Chief Executive Joe Tucci's pay more than
doubled last year, mainly through a huge grant of stock, according to the Boston Globe.
Tucci's compensation totaled US$29.8 million, the paper reported, of which
US$22.8 million was in restricted stock--shares he can only sell under the
condition that he meets certain targets over the next three years.
Tucci's base salary remained unchanged at US$1 million in 2005 with a bonus of
US$2.15 million. He has been widely credited with turning EMC around over the past
three years into the highly profitable company it is today.