Dell's global sales organisation will now be offering moreBrocade networking kit in addition to its storage solutions after the two firmssigned an expanded partnership agreement.
The two firms said they also plan to collaborate ondeveloping management and virtualisation solutions for next-generationdatacentres.
Dell already resells its own-branded Brocade storage gearand Fibre Channel blade switches, and the latest agreement adds several othercomponents, including Fibre Channel host bus adapters and FCoE switches to thepackage.
The two firms claim the addition of their joint datacentresolutions to the portfolio will provide significant CAPEX and OPEX savingsthrough "deploying server and storage virtualisation more broadly across thedatacentre".
Brocade senior vice president of products and offerings,Marc Randall, said the move demonstrated the company's commitment to an "ecosystem-centricpartner model in developing and delivering best-in-class solutions thatcustomers need and want".
Brocade has been particularly critical of its rivalsapproach to the datacentre environment, laying into Cisco's UCS designs. Backin April, senior vice president of worldwide sales Ian Whiting told MicroScope:"There are people working for open standards and collaboration, and peopleworking for closed proprietary systems. We think open standards will win out."