EMC owns VMware, maker of the most popular x86 hypervisor. But VMware is operated as a separate company, to an extent, and is free to partner with EMC's rivals in the storage business just as EMC partners with Microsoft to ensure that its storage meets the needs of Microsoft's virtualization technology.
"They're a separate company in that regard," Napolitano said. "They work with NetApp. In the same way we go to Microsoft and work with Hyper-V, and they hate that."
"We try to be the partner of choice," Hauck added. "We want their stuff to work best on our stuff, and we have to fight for that."
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