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VMWare Takes Over Mozy From EMC

Virtualisation services provider VMware has announced the acquisition of cloud based data back-up software maker Mozy, from its parent company EMC.

The acquisition boost VMware's cloud ambitions by allowing it to improve its existing product line to work seamlessly with the cloud. VMware also plans on using Mozy's technology to offer services to the emerging small and medium businesses market.

“We believe 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,” Steve Herrod, the chief technology officer at VMware said in a statement.

Mozy's data back-up service is used by more than a million users including 70,000 business customers who have stored more than 70 petabytes of data on Mozy data centres around the world.

EMC's decision to move Mozy to its wholly owned VMware outfit has got analysts worrying about the company's cloud and virtualisation strategies.

“I believe that EMC has made this move to align VMware with their most successful cloud offering in order to potentially use it as a jumping-off point for more cloud services. From a back-up perspective though, I don’t see this as a smart move on EMC’s part,” Rachel Dines, an analyst with Forrester Research said in a statement to IT Pro.