BANGALORE, INDIA: EMC Corp. today announced that Vodafone has selected EMC as a preferred partner for storage and storage-related products in its European markets.
The deepening of the strategic relationship between the two companies will result in EMC receiving preferred vendor status for the next three years.
Under the terms of the agreement, EMC’s solutions will represent a significant proportion of the overall external storage capacity for all new storage-related purchases within Vodafone Information Systems’ data center control. This will help to ensure that Vodafone continues to provide continuous availability of all customer and corporate data – with an optimal Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) –- across Europe.
Vodafone currently uses EMC high-end and mid-range Storage Area Network (SAN) and Network-attached Storage (NAS) systems in its global data centers, as well as EMC storage management software and services.
With this agreement Vodafone and EMC have expanded their existing partnership to unify the maintenance and service for Vodafone’s European storage environment, and to help increase efficiency by consolidating around –- and upgrading to -– EMC’s industry-leading information infrastructure technology.
“Both Vodafone’s global brand and its established reputation are founded on technical excellence. EMC recognizes the significance of the endorsement that Vodafone has made in moving to work with us as a preferred storage solution partner in the European theater,” said Frank Hauck, EMC’s Executive Vice President, EMC Storage Division, Global Marketing and Customer Quality.
“We look forward to working with Vodafone more closely than ever, in this and in other areas of the EMC Information Infrastructure and Management portfolio.”
EMC has been a Strategic Supplier to Vodafone for several years, and was honored in 2006 with Vodafone’s Global Supplier Award in the “Best Performance in IT” category. EMC attained the company’s number one ranking in corporate responsibility, financial stability, commercial performance, technology, quality management, and delivery capability.