NEC and EMC are to work together on developing storage products and enterprise content management systems.

The companies plan to develop products based on the recently announced Storage Bridge Bay technology, of which EMC is a primary backer. Storage Bridge Bay aims to drive standardisation in external disk subsystems, to bring equipment traditionally aimed at enterprise customers to smaller businesses.

EMC, along with Dell, Intel, LSI Logic and other companies, recently launched a working group to develop the technology, and NEC has been invited to become the first Japanese member of the group, said Howard Elias, executive vice president of EMC.

The joint work between NEC and EMC also involves cross-licensing resource management technologies, they said.

The companies have worked together in Japan on sales and support of storage products since 1997. The alliance announced Wednesday grew out of talks that began between the companies about two years ago.

"For any company to be truly great in this global world, with the pace of technological change, it's impossible to go it alone," said Joe Tucci, EMC's president and CEO.