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EMC launches Mozy online backup service with Lenovo into UK

Simon Quicke

The number of vendors offering hosted solutions has been bolstered by the addition of EMC which has started from today to offer its Mozy online backup for SMEs using Lenovo as its hardware partner.

The service is being offered to Lenovo customers for a 90 day trial and then annual costs of $60 a year. The service is backed up by the opening of a international data centre for Mozy located in Ireland.

EMC's online package offers encrypted backup that is available as the Lenovo Online Data Backup service in the UK from today.

The Mozy service has been running in the US since last year with the company recently reporting it had doubled the numbers of business users that were subscribing to the service to 20,000.

Vance Checketts, Chief Operating Officer of EMC's Mozy business unit, said that it had turned to the Chinese PC vendor to get its user numbers ticking over: "The Lenovo partnership accelerates our plans to expand the Mozy service worldwide, and we look forward to offering international customer support and localised language versions."

One source said that the customer interest and concern around data back-up and restore remained a constant feature of the industry.

"I have been in the market for ten years and backed then it topped the list of customer concerns and it continues to do so," he said.

He added that it indicated there was a continued need for education and marketing to assist resellers promoting solutions that solved that problem.

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