Re: Dell / CommVault
Absolutely true, they even rebrand the commvault support docs:
Commvault essentially jumps into bed with whoever they need at the time (which leads to interested conversations when you sell Hitachi kit, seeing as a lot of VAR's prefer to put in standard Commvault instead of HDS's OEM flavour since the margin is higher / less paperwork / free training etc.)
As soon as it becomes "awkward" (such as the Exagrid partnership for deduplication before they could do it in v8.0) they just forget it even existed (cue lots of marketing material stating how crap hardware de-dupe is, etc etc)
I think the only benefits of this deal will be the "side effects" - NetApp will get a *few* extra sales through directly bolting on the software for a particular task, and CV will get better integration into NetApp kit, giving the CV resellers a better pitch into sites with existing NetApp kit...