The partners will battle for customers alongsideon Monday.
All of the companies are looking to take advantage of new regulations requiring financial and medical institutions to have back-up data centers. The regulations aim to ensure that the nation's financial and medical community could rebuild quickly in the event of a terrorist attack, military strike or natural disaster.
Nortel takes a different sales tack than Cisco, which is looking to be the sole supplier needed to build a back-up data center. Nortel will sell its Optera Metro 5200 networking gear in combination with additional equipment from EMC and software from Legato, a Nortel representative said.
Nortel did not disclose prices for the equipment.
Sales of storage equipment in thewas about $5.4 billion, up 12 percent from the third quarter. Despite the increase, the storage market saw a 15 percent decline in revenue for the full year, narrower than the 21 percent drop forecast by IDC.