10 Signs The Cisco-EMC Partnership Is Fraying

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EMC's Lenovo Pact

EMC in late July confirmed a landmark server/storage pact with Lenovo, under which Lenovo servers will be the preferred server platform for EMC VSPEX reference architectures.

Both EMC and Cisco were quick to tell anyone who'd listen that Cisco and Lenovo play in completely different segments of the server market and that the Lenovo involvement posed no threat to EMC's Cisco partnership. But some partners and several analysts cautioned that the move was a clear indication EMC was looking to put some distance between itself and its Cisco associations -- and be more diversified in its server market relationships.


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