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EMC Turns Mozy over to VMware

It’s going to leverage Mozy’s 'globally distributed, large-scale cloud'

EMC has sent Mozy, the Utah-based consumer-y cloud storage operation it acquired in 2007, over to live at VMware, its majority-owned enterprise-geared virtualization operation, leaving observers to wrestle with what, if anything, the move signals about VMware.

VMware CTO Steve Herrod - who didn't say VMware bought the joint or anything, merely that VMware would operate it "on behalf of EMC," blogged that "by being directly engaged with the delivery of such a service, VMware will further ramp our own cloud-related learning and accelerate new IP, scale and capabilities into the products that we provide to our customers and public cloud partners."

So it's going to leverage Mozy's "globally distributed, large-scale cloud."

Mozy is supposed to have upwards of a million users, 70,000 business customers (reportedly mostly SMBs) and a worldwide network of data centers storing more than 70PB of data.

Herrod described Mozy as a "foundational architecture for the many cloud-based services being delivered today" and suggests that VMware will use it to get in tighter with the SMB crowd.

"In the past year," he wrote on Monday, "our customer base grew by more than 50,000 customers, the majority of which came from the SMB community (many through our "VMware Go" offering). It's clear that organizations of this size (with little or no IT staff) are moving even more rapidly to adopt IT services via the public cloud. We'll make sure that these customers have easy access to the Mozy back-up service as well as other related data services to come. I'm also excited about some of the core data-handling technologies developed by the Mozy team. The Mozy future roadmap is going to excite consumers and businesses alike, and we also see the opportunity to leverage Mozy's data compression, synchronization, client integration, and analytic tools to extend several existing and not-yet-announced VMware products."

Mozy COO Charlotte Yarkoni, who didn't say anything about VMware paying anything for Mozy either, did say "staff from both companies will begin to integrate longer-term development plans central to building and delivering hybrid cloud solutions. EMC retains the Mozy business as it has been delivering it for over four years now. An operational support agreement between EMC and VMware is in place to make this possible and ensure no impact to Mozy customers. We've developed a strong partnership with VMware and over these past several months it has become increasingly clear that moving to VMware will allow us to take advantage of and extend the synergies we've been building between the companies. VMware and Mozy share a vision for how cloud computing will transform IT and help businesses achieve greater agility. By joining forces, we believe we can accelerate the development of offerings that businesses are looking for."

She said customers could "expect greater interoperability between Mozy and VMware environments, and complementary end-user and server-related services" down the road.

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