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What's IBM Doing With NetApp?

A document posted to IBM Corp.'s (NYSE: IBM) Website -- which was later removed -- described the use of Network Appliance Inc.'s (Nasdaq: NTAP) gFiler NAS gateway to front-end Big Blue's SAN storage.

And while IBM has been unable (or unwilling) to explain how or why the document ended up on its public Website, the company insists that it doesn't mean a partnership with NetApp to resell the NAS gateway is in the works.

"We have no plans at the present to resell this product within our storage business," says IBM spokeswoman Lisa Lanspery.

NetApp last year inked a deal with Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), which sells the gFiler NAS gateway in conjunction with its SAN storage systems (see HDS OEMs NetApp: Big Deal? and Hitachi Gives NetApp Hot Wheels).

The NetApp NAS gateway was described in a document, titled "gFiler Gateway Series," posted on IBM's PartnerWorld business partner Website. The gateway offers the same functionality that NetApp's filers do -- providing CIFS and NFS access -- except "the primary difference is that the gFiler uses IBM Storage," the document said.

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