VMware, best know for its virtualization software, is taking over Mozy enterprise/consumer data backup service, further cementing the company's cloud aspirations.
VMware's Chief Technical Officer Steve Herrod has details of the deal on the company's blog:
Today it is my pleasure to announce that VMware has hired the team and acquired assets behind EMC's Mozy cloud-based data protection service. VMware will operate the Mozy service on behalf of EMC without interruption.
It's clear that VMware is very impressed with Mozy's achievements:
The scale of the Mozy service is impressive. Let's talk some numbers... today they have more than 1 million users, 70,000 business customers, and a worldwide network of datacenters storing more than 70 petabytes of data. 70 petabytes! That's enough to store the entire written works of mankind from the beginning of recorded history... in all languages... with 20 petabytes to spare. But it's about more than simple backup of all of this data. Mozy has taken the base technology that keeps you from losing your data and turned it into a scalable, fail-safe way of building out a collection of highly-automated datacenters with strong security and 24/7 operations fronted by elegant, user interfaces across many client types. This is the foundational architecture for the many cloud-based services being delivered today.
VMware clearly has its sights set on the clouds. It'll be interesting to see where VMware takes Mozy.