EMC and BMC Software have formed a partnership to strengthen the companies' enterprise software product lines. Under the partnership agreement, EMC will acquire BMC Software's PATROL Storage Management software and BMC Software agrees to resell EMC's storage management software. BMC Software develops and sells enterprise management software. Joe Tucci, EMC president and CEO, said, "\[EMC's\] ControlCenter family will enhance and complement BMC's leading enterprise systems management and services offerings. Customers will benefit both from BMC's deep knowledge at the server and application level and from EMC's expertise at the storage and storage network level, providing an end-to-end management solution handling nearly every layer of the IT infrastructure." <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

   Under the agreement, EMC will provide maintenance service and support to existing PATROL Storage Manager customers. The companies have set up a program that will let BMC offer its PATROL Storage Manager customers an upgrade and migration option with equivalent EMC ControlCenter licensing. The partnership also includes cooperative marketing and technology initiatives.