EMC-Dell partnership thorny after 3Par fiasco; other news

The EMC-Dell partnership remains on ice as EMC hasn't decided if it's going to forgive and forget after Dell's 3Par bid; NCC Group buys ISEC Partners.

IT channel news in brief for Oct. 21, 2010

Irked by 3Par bid, EMC questions its Dell partnership

Dell's failed flirtation with 3Par Inc. last month has further sapped an already frayed relationship with EMC Corp. This week, CEO Joe Tucci said the EMC-Dell partnership needs healing.

EMC's displeasure stems from Dell's attempt to buy EMC competitor 3Par. Dell ended up losing 3Par to Hewlett-Packard. Dell ownership of 3Par would have been problematic for EMC because Dell sells EMC Clariion SAN, Celerra NAS and Data Domain backup systems. The EMC-Dell relationship has already been tested by Dell's acquisition a few years back of Equal Logic, another storage player.

A Dell spokesman maintains that EMC is still a valuable partner.

"EMC is a strategic partner and plays an important role in our storage portfolio," the Dell spokesman said.

Tucci also said that he doesn't think HP's 3Par acquisition will directly affect EMC because 3Par has been a longtime competitor.

NCC Group purchases iSEC Partners

The NCC Group in Manchester, England, last week bought iSEC Partners Inc., a pen-testing and security services consultancy, for $24 million (£14.4 million). ISEC provides penetration testing services as well as secure development lifecycle services such as secure framework development, according to SearchSecurity.com.

Cisco's Borderless Networks hype leaves engineers cold

Network engineers are unimpressed by Cisco Systems' feverish Borderless Networks push. Instead of the hype, the engineers would simply like to hear what the Cisco solutions actually do. Many engineers are still wading through the complex Cisco marketing speak to determine how Cisco products such as the Catalyst 4500 E-Series switch and ASR 1001 router fit together.

Cisco said that engineers may be missing the boat because the solution was intended for CIO-type executives and MBAs.

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