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Comcast Capitalizes on Cloud BusinessFebruary 25, 2013
By Madhubanti Rudra, TMCnet Contributor
Today, small and medium businesses (SMBs) are embracing cloud in a huge way. In most cases, these companies prefer to do business with a single provider that offers bundles of cloud-based business applications. So, Comcast (News - Alert) Business is now offering an assortment of third-party cloud-based business applications from companies in key categories such as data backup, data security, document and Web collaboration, all through its Upware marketplace.
This B2B marketplace allows the SMBs purchase cloud business solutions via one easy-to-use Web portal. Mozy by EMC (News - Alert), a provider of cloud backup services is the latest to enter the Upware marketplace, making it easy for the SMBs to purchase its popular Mozy backup service, which has been designed to address any company’s desktop, laptop and server backup needs.
An increasing number of SMBs are using cloud applications to simplify IT and reduce costs. The AppDirect-powered Upware marketplace not only makes it easy for these companies to purchase the cloud solutions, it provides a wonderful platform to manage those applications all in one place – with a selection of business apps, one administrative console and one consolidated bill.
The partnership with Mozy makes an important value addition to Comcast’s offerings, giving its customers easy access to data protection and backup solution that can keep information securely stored in the cloud. It will be worthwhile to mention that Mozy is being used by more than three million customers, including 80,000 business customers and more than 90 petabytes of information stored at its multiple data centers around the globe.
“Comcast has sought out the best providers of business applications that our SMB customers need to run their business. We're proud to partner with Mozy to offer a data protection and backup solution that can help our customers keep their information securely stored in the cloud,” senior vice president/general manager at Comcast Business Services Kevin O'Toole noted in a statement.
“By including Mozy in this marketplace we're enabling Comcast Business Class to offer their valued customers the world-class cloud backup service they're looking for,” GM of Mozy Russell Stockdale explained.
Recently, Comcast Corp finalized the acquisition of NBCUniversal. The company is going to pay $16.7 billion for the 49 percent of the entertainment, news and film conglomerate that it doesn't already own. The deal is expected to close within the next six weeks. The seller is General Electric Co., which sold Comcast 51 percent of NBCUniversal in 2011.
Edited by Amanda Ciccatelli
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