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Storage Shows Its SaaS

Despite some skepticism from users, more storage vendors are throwing their weight behind software as a service (SaaS), planning managed services around archiving, security, email, and online backup.

EMC is the latest vendor to pin its colors to the SaaS mast, revealing its plan to offer SaaS-based archiving services during its recent Innovation Day in Boston.

The vendor is also working on an initiative called "Project Fortress," which appears to include some form of platform for creating and/or managing SaaS. Though specifics are scarce, a recent EMC job ad describes the initiative as a technology platform that "will define security, authentication, billing, and usage tracking across SaaS applications."

EMC gave another clear indication of its SaaS intentions last month, when it spent $76 million to acquire online backup specialist Mozy.

With former Mozy CEO Josh Coates now heading EMC's Advanced Technology Group, it seems likely that Mozy's SaaS offerings will be part of the EMC SaaS technology roster.

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