EMC jacks up prices for hosted storage services

EMC has notified customers of a hefty price increase for users of its hosted MozyPro backup and recovery service.

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EMC has notified customers of a hefty price increase for users of its hosted MozyPro backup and recovery service.

EMC acquired the storage services operation last year with its purchase of Berkeley Data Systems. Just last month, EMC unveiled MozyEnterprise, which incorporates technology from three Mozy services along with pieces of EMC offerings such as RSA Security tools.

The company said it has contacted all MozyPro users to announce plans to change from a single licensing model for all systems to separate schemes for desktop and server computers. EMC said the current model is not a sustainable business model. All customers that sign up for the service from 1 March onward will be charged under the new pricing scheme, the company said.

The monthly cost of a single server license and 10GB of storage goes up from $8.95 to $24.45 (£4.50 to £12.50). For five servers and 20GB of storage, the increase is from from $29.75 to $69.75. For 10 servers and 100GB of storage the rise is from $89.50 to $244.50 and for 20 servers and 500GB the price is up from $329.00 to $1,014.

EMC said it will "grandfather" current holders of MozyPro licenses to the current price list. These customers have 30 days to buy additional storage capacity at current prices.

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