Japanese IT systems manufacturer NEC and U.S. storage system vendor EMC will announce later Wednesday an expansion to their sales alliance, NEC said.
NEC President Kaoru Yano and EMC President and CEO Joe Tucci will detail a plan to work more closely together at a news conference in Tokyo scheduled for 4 p.m. local time (07:00 GMT).
No further details of the expanded alliance were immediately available. However, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun business newspaper reported in its Wednesday morning edition that the companies have agreed to jointly develop data storage products. NEC will manufacture the devices for EMC and will also help sell them in Japan, the newspaper said.
The partnership will focus on small and mid-size storage devices up to a capacity of about 50T bytes and the first devices could be on sale as early as next year, according to the report.
NEC said the basic outline of the story was correct but deferred any comment on specific parts of the report until the news conference later in the day.
The two companies have a relationship stretching back at least seven years. In late 1998 they reached an agreement under which NEC would resell EMC storage systems with its own computer server systems in Japan.