EMC's Buying Spree Snares Interlink

By Brian Fonseca  |  Posted 2006-05-11 Print this article Print

The purchase of Interlink Group gives EMC another weapon to bulk up its professional services arsenal to attract and satisfy SMB storage customers.

Moving quickly to seize its second vendor acquisition in just three days, EMC announced May 11 that it has acquired Interlink Group, a privately held IT services firm focused on Microsoft technology offerings. Financial details of the transaction were not released.

The purchase of Interlink gives EMC another weapon to bulk up its professional services arsenal to attract and satisfy SMB (small to midsize business) storage customers, many of whom rely on Microsoft software to help run their organizations.

Interlink joins Internosis, another Microsoft-centric IT services firm acquired by EMC last November, as recent additions to the growing Microsoft practice within the EMC Technology Solutions group.

Interlink's Microsoft environment professional services capabilities canvas application development, enterprise integration, CRM (customer relationship management) and ECM (enterprise content management).

The services firm is certified as a Microsoft Gold Partner and was awarded the 2005 Microsoft Partner of the Year in the Western United States.

Featuring almost 180 IT professionals and headquartered in Englewood, Colo., Interlink fits the exact "small regional-based" IT services company profile, which EMC president and CEO Joe Tucci has described as being on EMC's near-term acquisition radar to fill out the storage vendor's professional services arm.

Click here to read more about EMC's purchase of Kashya.

"We're going to make sure for our market—for goods and services—there is plenty of room for our partners to make good profits for themselves, or what they get for reselling our software and hardware. For services [that means] combining them to make bigger solution sets," Tucci said.

Read the full story on eWEEK.com: EMC's Buying Spree Snares Interlink

Brian Fonseca is a senior writer at eWEEK who covers database, data management and storage management software, as well as storage hardware. He works out of eWEEK's Woburn, Mass., office. Prior to joining eWEEK, Brian spent four years at InfoWorld as the publication's security reporter. He also covered services, and systems management. Before becoming an IT journalist, Brian worked as a beat reporter for The Herald News in Fall River, Mass., and cut his teeth in the news business as a sports and news producer for Channel 12-WPRI/Fox 64-WNAC in Providence, RI. Brian holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Submit a Comment

Loading Comments...
eWeek eWeek

Have the latest technology news and resources emailed to you everyday.