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EMC Puts OuterBay Inside

EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC) acquired another piece of its information lifecycle management (ILM) strategy today by ramping up its relationship with OuterBay Technologies Inc.

EMC's taking its deal with OuterBay a step beyond a reseller agreement and hinting that it could lead to something bigger. The companies say they will integrate the OuterBay Application Data Management suite technologies into EMC's storage systems.

"We're engaged now. In January, the marriage gets consummated and hopefully will bear fruit," says EMC's Senior VP of Information Management Software, Mark Sorenson.

Sorenson promises more details in January, but claims the OuterBay deal has "more depth" than a reseller agreement.

The OuterBay software allows management of structured records stored in databases. That gives EMC functionality lacking in the products it acquired by buying Legato and Documentum earlier this year (see EMC Swings Into Software Big Leagues).

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