Data storage specialist EMC
EMC normally keeps a tight focus on the enterprise sector, so this is a move in a new direction for the company. Decho starts out with 900,000 customers from its components' old customer lists. At $5 per month per paying customer, we're looking at a $54 million annual revenue base, assuming no volume discounts or free trials. That's a drop in EMC's more-than-$14-billion sales bucket -- but virtualization expert VMware
It seems like everybody is jumping onto the cloud computing bandwagon these days. Microsoft
But while the business world sat up and took notice of this paradigm shift early on, the Joe the Plumbers of the world seem largely unaware of what's going on -- or what new products are available to simplify their computing lives in an increasingly online world.
EMC alone won't change the world, but the company runs at the bleeding edge of a total revolution. Plaudits to the company for grabbing some brand recognition and market share early in the race, because I think that Main Street will catch on soon enough and change the computing world forever. Bye-bye, clumsy desktop systems -- and hello, svelte notebooks connecting to beefy central servers.
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