Brad Anderson, Dell senior vice president of commercial products, contends that the EqualLogic products are "complementary" to those offered jointly by Dell and EMC, but pointedly said Dell won't use any EqualLogic technology to enhance Dell's EMC product line.
While the Dell/EMC partnership remains lucrative for both companies, Dell can be expected to put more emphasis on EqualLogic's product line, Forrester analyst Andrew Reichman says.
"In the long term, there is the potential for some conflict and some overlap, and maybe rationalizing the product line down into fewer models," Reichman said, following a panel discussion he lead at the Dell-hosted event. "You have to figure the emphasis [for Dell] is going to be on what it owns. I think Dell will have to pick a direction."