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CRN Exclusive: EMC's Jeremy Burton Discusses Dell Bid, Cisco Relationship, And Customer Choice

A top EMC executive tells CRN that EMC's Cisco relationship and key parts of the EMC Federation are likely to survive because of the importance of customer choice, and that talk of a culture clash is premature.

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Diving In To Dell's Planned Acquisition Of EMC

As word of Dell's planned acquisition of EMC broke over the past couple days, a lot of ink was spilled over concerns about the culture clash between the two and about the rivalry between Dell and Cisco Systems, EMC's longtime server and networking partner.

Jeremy Burton, president of products and marketing at EMC, told CRN in an exclusive meeting that those concerns have been overblown, and that Dell and EMC will be keeping customer requirements in mind as they prepare for the close of the deal sometime in the next 12 months.

Burton also addressed questions about how Dell and EMC will deal with, or may not deal with, the overlap in their storage offerings, their future joint moves to bring the cloud to customers, and their different approaches to the channel.

Here's a unique look into what EMC may do as the close of its acquisition by Dell starts to shape up.

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