The partnership will center on three CMGI subsidiaries: Tallan, which provides business applications services; NaviSite, which offers managed application hosting; and AltaVista, which has struggled to make money.
AltaVista will integrate its search software and application programming interfaces with EMC's storage systems and software, the companies said in a joint statement. EMC will also let its technology work with software and services provided by NaviSite and Tallan. The companies did not provide further details.
CMGI and EMC representatives could not be immediately reached for comment.
Just last week, AltaVista said it would reorganize into two units, one focused on consumers and the other on businesses. AltaVista has been retreating from its ambitions to become a Web portal and instead working to sharpen its focus on search technology.
AltaVista has stumbled through the last year and a half, since CMGI purchased it from Compaq Computer for $2.3 billion. CMGI had viewed the Web search pioneer as a key part of its plans to take on industry-leading Web portals Yahoo, Lycos and America Online but has failed to make the expected headway.
To cut costs and restructure its Web business efforts, Andover, Mass.-based CMGI, which has seen its stock slide from a 52-week high of $163.50 to around $8, in November shuttered its online entertainment site, iCast, and said it would pull the plug on its free Internet service provider, 1stUp.com.