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EMC Goes SaaS

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EMC has started monetizing its four-month-old, $76 million acquisition of Mozy, the online backup software that claims GE as a client, a move that catapults the old storage denizen into the software-as-a-service business.

The property, which is expected to meet competition from Symantec’s promised (and delayed) Protection Network among other brand names like Amazon, is now called MozyEnterprise powered by EMC Fortress and will back up and recover remote desktops, laptops and Windows servers to an EMC-owned off-site location. It will also move through channels like Verizon

Come to find out EMC Fortress is a secure, multi-tenant, scalable, enterprise-grade SaaS delivery platform constructed with centralized billing, management and metering that EMC is selling out of a new SaaS business unit run by Tom Heiser.

EMC is expecting to add other SaaS services. MozyHome and MozyPro will continue to be offered.

IDC estimates that the so-called managed storage market will hit $15 billion in 2011, a 33% compound annual growth rate.

EMC added RSA security to Mozy, enterprise-wide deployment options, availability and support options and data protection. It claims comparable solutions can cost up to 10 times more.

The service is initially available in North America at monthly no-contract rates of $5.25 a month for a desktop or laptop plus 70 cents a month per gigabyte and $9.25 a month for a Windows server plus $2.35 a month per gigabyte.

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