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Storage 'Clouds' Gather Over SaaS

By James Rogers, February 14, 2008 1:25 PM

EMC's apparent plan to develop "storage cloud" supporting applications such as SAP as a service is a shrewd move at a time when CFOs are nervously eyeing their technology budgets.

Cloud computing uses a distributed collection of hardware to support software services for end-users. You need a cloud to offer software as a service (SaaS) -- get it?

The idea of cloud computing, and the attendant SaaS outgrowth, should resonate at a time of growing economic uncertainty. Instead of throwing vast sums of cash at server and storage hardware to support their applications, users are now scoping the possibility of phoning up the nearest service provider.

But at least one analyst warns that building an extensive "cloud" strategy is harder than it might appear, even for EMC, which has refused to talk about its "cloud" efforts.

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