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EMC took a step back from its relationship as Dell moved to acquire 3PAR, Tucci said.
EMC's Clariion business was "obviously" affected by Dell's bid for 3PAR, Tucci said.
EMC and Dell are in discussions about how to restore their relationship, Tucci said. However, he said, it is important that the two make sure any agreement between them benefits both of them before their relationship returns to normal.
"Obviously, 3PAR was a setback in the relationship," he said.
While HP's acquisition of 3PAR will help the company improve its storage technology, EMC is not concerned about any increased competitiveness from HP as a result, Tucci said. 3PAR has been around for 10 years, and EMC has been competing with it for a long time, he said.
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