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Cisco & EMC Close NAS Deal

Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) and EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC) officially became NAS partners today, ending weeks of speculation.

As anticipated in Byte and Switch last week (see Cisco Said to Resell EMC NAS), Cisco will resell and support EMC's Celerra NAS, specifically the NS500 and NS700 NAS filers beginning in the second quarter of the year(see Cisco, EMC Seal NAS Deal and Cisco NAS Options Mulled).

Cisco will brand the EMC NAS systems and integrate them with its own Cisco File Engine wide area file services (WAFS) appliance, which Cisco launched last month (see Cisco Wades Into WAFS). Cisco got into the nascent WAFS game by picking up Actona for $82 million in June (see Cisco Acts on Actona).

Most agree that WAFS is a good fit for NAS. WAFS appliances replace file servers at branch offices so workers in those branch offices can access storage from the corporate data center. That improves performance at remote sites, and requires more NAS file servers to deal with increased demand at the data center.

The deal has obvious benefits for EMC and Cisco. It gives EMC wider distribution for its NAS systems, and it helps widen Cisco's storage presence.

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