Maxtor and Linksys plan to collaborate on developing and marketing new storage products and technologies for home networking users.
Stacey Lund, executive director of client computing at Maxtor, said the Milpitas, Calif.-based hard drive maker and Linksys, an Irvine, Calif.-based networking hardware division of Cisco Systems, have signed an exclusive agreement to co-develop technology, but the companies aren't yet releasing details of their projects.
"We both have a vision of home networking products. They need to be easy-to-use, elegant solutions," Lund said. "If we were to give away what we were doing, it would be a pretty good future road map for our competitors."
Lund did say that the joint solutions would be centered around the SOHO side of the home market. "We mutually recognize each other as leaders in our space--Linksys in home networking and Maxtor in home storage," she said. "The truth is, most home consumers today are afraid of home networking."
Maxtor plans to begin promoting the Linksys Network Storage Link, or NSLU2, which allows hard-drive storage to be linked to a wired or wireless home network. Linksys, for its part, is slated to start promoting Maxtor's OneTouch external hard drive, which connects to the NSLU2.