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Dell's relationship with EMC, its biggest vendor partner, has steadily worsened since Dell acquired EqualLogic, and took a major turn for the worse after Dell said it planned to acquire 3PAR.
EMC took a step back from its relationship as Dell moved to acquire 3PAR, said EMC Chairman, CEO, and President Joe Tucci at a meeting with analysts in October.
EMC's Clariion business was "obviously" affected by Dell's bid for 3PAR, Tucci said. "Obviously, 3PAR was a setback in the relationship," he said.
Frink downplayed any concerns about how the acquisition of Compellent might impact Dell's relationship with EMC. He said that Dell and EMC have had a 10-year-plus relationship serving about 24,000 joint customers, and that Dell plans to work with EMC to support those customers and bring the EMC product line to them.
EMC and Compellent spokespeople were not available to comment on Dell's proposed acquisition of Compellent.
The bid for Compellent was foreshadowed Tuesday by the last-minute cancellation of plans by Compellent's CFO to appear at an investors conference, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.