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EMC and Dell users react to proposed merger at Dell World

AUSTIN, Texas -- EMC and Dell storage customers aired a mix of reactions to Dell's proposed $67 billion deal to purchase the storage giant during a series of interviews at Dell World 2015.

Rick Colen, senior director of IT infrastructure and security at New Century Health in Brea, Calif., was surprised to learn of the acquisition because his company had purchased $200,000 worth of Dell's SC Series/Compellent storage during the same month. He wondered if Dell would put the same effort into the product or transition the Compellent line into EMC.

Mikko Peltoniemi, director of IT at Congers, NY-based Star Kay White, which makes dessert flavoring ingredients, worried that Dell might feel pressure to raise prices across the board in the wake of its costly acquisition. Star Kay White uses a PS Series/EqualLogic storage array from Dell.

Other Dell storage customers were largely unconcerned about the impact of the blockbuster deal on their companies. Shawn Streett, vice president of IT managed hosting at Merkle Inc., a performance marketing company in Columbia, Md., was merely curious to learn more about Dell's roadmap for file-based storage. Merkle is a major customer of EMC's Isilon file storage and VMAX arrays as well as Dell servers.

Streett believes the EMC and Dell merger will benefit his company because Merkle will need to make only one call for support in the future and can centralize its IT spending to become an even larger Dell customer.

Like Streett, Austin Kuzmic, an IT manager at GS Engineering Inc. in Houghton, Mich., was unconcerned about the proposed EMC and Dell merger. He said he has been impressed with the way that Dell has slowly blended its Compellent and EqualLogic acquisitions. GS Engineering has approximately 60 TB of usable storage space in Dell's PS Series/EqualLogic storage systems and PowerVault servers.

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