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EMC Stakes SaaS Claim

EMC unveiled its first enterprise SaaS offering today and finally added flesh to the bones of its long-term services strategy using technology acquired when it bought Mozy for $76 million last year.

The vendor has now formally launched its software-as-a-service business unit and unveiled EMC Fortress, a technology platform, which provides centralized billing and metering for specific services.

"EMC Fortress is actually the platform that we're using for SaaS," says Harsha Ramalingan, vice president of products and operations with the SaaS business unit. The exec would not go into technology specifics, confirming only that Project Fortress is built from EMC's own intellectual property.

EMC gave the first hint of this strategy at its Innovation Day in Boston last fall, briefly describing its then-secret "Project Fortress" initiative, which aims to define security, authentication, billing, and usage tracking across SaaS applications.

The first of these applications is Mozy Enterprise, an online backup offering aimed at users looking to protect data held on desktops, laptops, and remote Windows Servers.

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