VMware is taking over the operations of the Mozy cloud-based storage service from mutual parent company EMC, once again expanding its cloud offerings and further signaling its intent to be a major player as a cloud IT service provider.
At first glance, virtualization users may be a bit confused as to VMware's plans and intentions for the product line. Mozy, after all, isn't known for its ability to back up virtual machines. In fact, the Mozy product line currently has no virtualization awareness built in. Instead, the company focuses on backing up data from physical Windows and Mac clients and moving that data into the cloud.
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But if you've been following VMware these last two years, you'll know the virtualization giant has been trying to transform itself from a pure virtualization platform play into a cloud services-oriented company.
VMware and Mozy will continue to work together to achieve their short-term goals. Mozy COO Charlotte Yarkoni writes on her blog that "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."
In a different blog post, VMware CTO Steve Herrod writes, "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."