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AppIQ & Engenio Join for Software

AppIQ Inc. and Engenio Information Technologies Inc. have banded together in a partnership that could boost them both (see Engenio, AppIQ Announce OEM ).

The companies plan to jointly develop monitoring software for systems that Engenio sells to IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM) and other OEM partners. The software will analyze resources such as fabric switches, HBAs, and Engenio arrays.

Engenio hopes the software will differentiate it from competitors such as Adaptec Inc. (Nasdaq: ADPT), Dot Hill Systems Corp. (Nasdaq: HILL), and Xyratex Ltd. (Nasdaq: XRTX), which target the same systems OEMs as Engenio (see Adaptec Unveils OEM, Revs Guidance, US Dept. of Health Gets SANitized, and Have Patents, Will Travel).

For AppIQ, the deal adds a fourth storage system OEM partner -- following Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), Sun Microsystems Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW), and Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI) (NYSE: SGI).

The deal also represents the second piece of partner news this week for AppIQ. Its software is rebranded as the Enterprise Storage Manager (ESM) upgrade that Sun rolled out Monday (see Sun Shines on AppIQ, Sun Streamlines Storage , and Sun Hopes to Shine ). AppIQs SRM software is also included in Hitachi’s HiCommand and SGI’s InfiniteStorage suites (see HDS Expands Software, Services and SGI, AppIQ Ink OEM Deal).

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