EMC Planning Subscription Storage
EMC officials say they are preparing for metered billing with the company's OpenScale service.Enterprise IT administrators have heard of Web-based software from Microsoft Corp. and grid computing from IBM and Sun Microsystems Inc.and now, according to EMC Corp. officials, its time for subscription storage. On the heels of the launches of AutoAdvice and SAN Architect services, respectively, for technical support and infrastructure design, EMCs now preparing for metered billing with its OpenScale service, officials said. OpenScale itself has existed since 1999 as "a series of financing options," said spokesman Dave Farmer, in Hopkinton, Mass. "The newer aspect is the metering, automated billing functions. Well be saying more about it in the future," he said, declining to specify timing or other user benefits.
The new features are tailored for large customers, Farmer said. Also, EMC will limit its services to software and administration; becoming an actual storage service provider, a fad of the dot-com era, is not the plan, he said.
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