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So what: NetApp will market and sell Quantum's StorNext File System and Storage Manager software worldwide, effective immediately. Combining Quantum's software with NetApp's hardware will create a system that makes it easier to share, manage, archive, and distribute on-demand videos -- a win for both companies.
Now what: Quantum's software will be peddled by a well-respected and rapidly growing company almost seven times its size. The deal should provide a meaningful boost to Quantum's sales of high-margin software and further benefit the company's earnings. The announcement did not hint, however, about whether the deal might stem years of revenue decline at Quantum.
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