Lenovo, EMC both to sell EMC's small-business NAS devices

The storage systems made by EMC's Iomega unit target small and mid-size businesses, initially in China

EMC and Lenovo Thursday extended a strategic partnership to include sales of co-branded network-attached storage (NAS) devices to small and mid-sized businesses and corporate branch offices.

The companies had created a joint venture called LenovoEMC in August to build and sell servers storage systems, starting in China.

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The two firms announced today that they will each sell co-branded NAS boxes built by EMC's Iomega division.

Iomega has grown from a maker of consumer and small business storage systems to one that also makes rack-mounted systems with up to 12-drive bays supporting up to 48TB of data. The Iomega NAS storage devices run EMC's LifeLine operating system, which combines advanced notification and management support features.

For example, EMC LifeLine supports fault notification through e-mail and supports more advanced notification through SNMP (simple network management protocol) as well as disk drive spin-down features to save power when NAS devices are not in use.

Lenovo holds a majority interest in the jointly-owned LenovoEMC Ltd.

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