EMC Buys Interlink
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EMC has acquired the Interlink Group which consults on integrating Microsoft software applications.

EMC has acquired the Interlink Group which consults on integrating Microsoft software applications.

The companies did not initially reveal transaction terms. Interlink had $21.5 million in revenue in 2004, according to VARBusiness Magazine. EMC sells information storage and management systems. It was the company’s second acquisition this week, following a $153 million deal to purchase California data-replication software firm Kashya Inc.

Interlink was founded in 1989 and is based in Englewood, Colo. The firm adds 180 people to EMC’s professional-services workforce, which numbers more than 9,000 people.  In January, EMC acquired Internosis of Greenbelt, Md, which similarly consults on Microsoft platforms. EMC recently expanded an alliance with Microsoft.

EMC had 26,500 employees at the close of 2005, but has laid off 500 employees in the past two quarters and plans that many more job reductions before year end. EMC indicates it expects to exit 2006 with a higher head count from acquisitions and hiring in other areas.