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EMC Chews & Swallows BMC Unit

EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC) announced today that it has acquired the rights to BMC Software Inc.s (NYSE: BMC) Patrol Storage Manager (see EMC Eats Up BMC Leftovers).

The companies didn’t disclose any financial details, but EMC revealed that it plans to discontinue BMC’s software product and migrate the existing customers to its ControlCenter products. Ten BMC employees involved in supporting the software will move over to EMC to help ease the migration process.

The deal also calls for BMC to begin reselling EMC’s ControlCenter products through its MarketZone program and calls for tighter integration of the two companies’ existing technologies and future projects.

The deal was widely anticipated. Ever since BMC announced that it was pulling the plug on its Patrol Storage Management line back in February, firing dozens of employees in the process, there’s been plenty of speculation over who would take over (see BMC Folds Storage Unit). Back in May, Byte and Switch reported that EMC was the most likely candidate (see Will EMC Salvage BMC Unit?).

“I think it’s good for both companies,” says The Enterprise Storage Group Inc. analyst Peter Gerr. “BMC didn’t want to abandon their installed base… and this opens up the possibility of selling more EMC software to more BMC customers.”

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