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EMC, BMC Bond Over Software

The software news from EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC) keeps on coming: Just a day after announcing its intentions to acquire Documentum Inc. in a deal worth an estimated $1.7 billion, the storage giant said today that it will tighten its partnership with management software vendor BMC Software Inc. (NYSE: BMC) (see BMC Names EMC Its Storage Partner and EMC Cops Documentum).

As an extension of their existing partnership -- which the two companies entered into in July when EMC purchased the rights to BMCs Patrol Storage Manager software -- BMC said today that it has named EMC the "Foundation Partner" for its Software Business Service Management (BSM) initiative (see EMC Chews & Swallows BMC Unit).

So what does that mean, you may ask? Primarily, the companies said, they are working together to tightly integrate the EMC ControlCenter (ECC) storage management software with BMC’s Patrol software for managing IT infrastructures.

The announcement should come as no great surprise. EMC and BMC said this summer that they would work on integrating their technologies, and that BMC would start reselling EMC’s ControlCenter products.

Still, Dan Hoffman, BMC’s director of storage solutions, claims that today’s announcement is an important one. “We wanted to show that this integration is reality, and that it’s not just slideware,” he says. “Integration is possible and has been demonstrated.”

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