‘She got the ring, I got the finger’

Contact: Brenon Daly

As every country and western crooner knows, relationships can build you up but they can also break you down. (Suggested listening: ‘I Fall to Pieces’ by Patsy Kline.) That’s as true in love as it is in business, as my colleague Kathleen Reidy notes in a new report. Specifically, she takes a look at the future for StoredIQ, which got dumped by EMC last month when the tech giant acquired rival company Kazeon for its e-discovery offering. (Suggested listening: ‘She Got the Ring (and I Got the Finger)’ by Chuck Mead.)

It was undoubtedly a big blow for StoredIQ, which had a longer-standing and deeper relationship with EMC than Johnny-come-lately Kazeon. EMC has been reselling StoredIQ under its SourceOne brand since 2008. But obviously, StoredIQ will be a bit of a third wheel following the Kazeon acquisition, and the relationship with EMC is effectively over. (Suggested listening: ‘If the Phone Don’t Ring, Baby, You’ll Know It’s Me’ by Jimmy Buffet.) While the official reason has never surfaced as to why EMC passed on StoredIQ in favor of Kazeon, we might chalk it up to the difficult task of parsing out revenue in any reselling agreement, and how to value those sales. That’s always tricky.

In any case, StoredIQ is moving on. (Suggested listening: ‘How Can I Miss You if You Won’t Go Away’ by Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks.) The eight-year-old startup has solid technology to identify and manage data that lives outside companies’ managed repositories, which is a key part of e-discovery. And StoredIQ may well be a good fit for Symantec, which also had a relationship with Kazeon and may now be in the market for a new partner. (Suggested listening: ‘I May Be Used (But Baby I Ain’t Used Up)’ by Waylon Jennings.)