Internet holding company CMGI has teamed up with storage leader EMC to increase the use of EMC's storage equipment with several CMGI interests.
The partnership will focus on three CMGI companies: search engine vendor AltaVista; Tallan, which provides business-critical application services; and NaviSite, which offers managed application hosting.
CMGI will become a member of EMC's development programme and have access to EMC's application programming interfaces (APIs). AltaVista will share technology with EMC, while NaviSite and Tallan, under separate agreements, will each promote EMC as the preferred storage solution for their customers.
NaviSite is currently a member of EMC's xSperience Provider Programme and offers managed storage services based on EMC solutions.
AltaVista and EMC will work to integrate AltaVista's patented search software and APIs with EMC's Symmetrix Enterprise Storage systems and software. The two companies are already working on joint product development and will also involve AltaVista technology acquisitions by EMC.
David Wetherell, CMGI's chairman and chief executive, said the company is focused on leveraging strategic partnerships with industry leaders such as EMC that support its operating companies and their goals.
"Led by our Strategic Partnership Group, this relationship with EMC is the first of many world-class introductions that CMGI intends to make for the benefit of its operating companies," he said.
EMC rivals, which include IBM, Sun Microsystems and a partnership of Hitachi Data Systems and Hewlett Packard, are struggling for the top spot in sales of high-end storage devices.
According to analyst IDC, EMC holds the top position both for market share and revenue for externally located disk storage systems.
CMGI has seen its stock slide from a 52-week high of $163.50 to about $7.50 on Monday.
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