The relationship between Bull and NEC has been in place for many years. Significant milestones in the relationship included two-way exchanges of technologies in the 80's and 90's for mainframe systems. More recently, the relationship has focused on servers, storage sub-systems and security.
An OEM and collaboration agreement for a range of servers leveraging x86 processors was put in place in 1997.
NEC and Bull launched a joint initiative in the area of IT systems infrastructure, notably through the creation of a European Technology Center demonstrating joint technologies.
Since 2001, NEC disk storage technologies have been marketed by Bull’s StoreWay storage business unit under the brand names FDA and Optima. An extensive technical co-operation programme ensures the full integration of NEC storage technologies within Bull mainframe and open server environments.
In 2005 Bull and NEC, wishing to develop their long-standing relationship, decided to strengthen their industrial partnership, expanding their collaboration into new solutions business opportunities in high-growth market segments.
A first target, security and identity management has been identified. Both companies have been working on mutual enrichment of product/solutions portfolio and initiated a technology co-operation. Bull Evidian is central to this co-operation,
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