Mozy has moved it’s Mozy Stashfile synchronisation service into Public Beta – a step closer to full public release which is due in mid 2012 for Home users and later in 2012 for Mozy Pro users.
The service enables users to keep a stash (hence the name!) of files synchronised between a number of computers, personal electronic devices such as an iPhone, iPad or Android device and the cloud.
In simple terms the service allows a user to create a folder on their PC or Mac and that folder is replicated in the cloud and on the user’s other devices. Any file put into the stash folder is immediately uploaded to the web and then downloaded automatically to the other devices whenever they are online ensuring that you have the latest version of the files wherever you are.
The service is currently only available in Beta to Mozy Home users and only those on plans with a data quota – Mozy withdrew it’s unlimited data plans in 2011. The size of the stash folder is only limited to the space bundled with your plan that is not currently being used for backup files.
For example, a 50GB plan with 30GB of backup files can use up to the remaining 20GB for the Mozy stash service.
This new offering from Mozy extends their cloud services keeping them to the forefront of a competitive market alongside the likes of Carbonite, SugarSync and SpiderOak
Carbonite, one of the leading suppliers of online backup services for home and business users has expanded it’s range of unlimited online backup offerings for home users.
The popularity of Carbonite’s original unlimited data backup plan pushed it to the forefront of the retail web backup market. This introduction of a three plan strategy adds additional features for those users looking for a little bit more, including the often requested feature online back up of an external hard drive.
All three plans offer the backup of unlimited data for a single PC or Mac with the basic ‘Home’ plan coming in at $59 per year. For the higher price of $99 per year the HomePlus plan adds the ability to backup data from an external hard disk drive. The drive must be connected via USB or FireWire as backing up of Network Attached Storage (NAS) drives is only available as part of the Carbonite Business packages.
Both Carbonite Home and HomePlus permit the backup of video files but they must be manually added to the list of files to be transferred to the online backup.
The top of the range package is HomePremier, coming in at $149 per year, offers everything in the HomePlus plan and additionaly the automatic backup of video files as well as a courier recovery service to get your files back if you need them – this is only available in the US and subject to a shipping charge.
Both the HomePlus and the HomePremier plans also permit a mirror image backup which includes your operating system and application files for a complete restore on a blank hard drive.
BackBlaze is the latest online backup software provider to confirm it's support for the new Microsoft Windows 7 Operating System.
The company confirmed that it has tested it's product for compatability with the new OS and provided guidance for users upgrading from older systems such as Windows XP and Vista. According to BackBlaze, 6% of it's customers are already using the new operating system just a short time after it's launch.
Users upgrading to Windows 7 from Vista who are able to use the 'In-Place Upgrade' option get the easiest transition with BackBlaze web backup continuing to work without any changes required by the user.
Anyone upgrading from Windows XP or using the 'Custom Install' option when upgrading from Vista need to follow some steps on the BackBlaze website to ensure that their backups continue but, don't worry, the steps are actually pretty straight forward providing you follow them carefully – we recommend reading them through before starting the upgrade as there are important notes about ensuring you don't have multiple copies of BackBlaze running at one time.
Carbonite web backup is increasing in popularity for both PC and Mac users. In this vides Carbonite co-founder and CEO David Friend gives an introduction to the online backup service and the importance of automatic, offsite backups.
Mozy has confirmed that it has been testing it’s web backup software with Microsoft Windows 7 and is now able to confirm that the products are compatibile.
The news comes very shortly after the launch of the new Windows 7 operating system and repeats Mozy’s speed in confirming it’s support for the new Apple OS X Snow Leopard system that was released in September. Snow Leopard take up was faster and more widespread than many expected and Mozy’s quick repsonse will please it’s users.
Mozy is keen to recommend that users of new hardware and software get off to a good start by installing their online backup software system.
Yesterday, the software developer also released a new version of it’s web backup product for both Windows and Mac OS X giving improved backup of external hard-drives for Mac users and minor reliability improvements for both PC and Mac systems.
Mozy, the web backup software company, has begun working with McAfee – one of the largest providers of anti-virus and onine protection software.
McAffe is best know for it’s anti-virus product which also includes other online security threat protection such as identity theft, spyware and phishing scams. So far, the company has concentrated on stopping user data loss via malicious means but the new tie-up with Mozy sees them entering a new market.
Mozy’s leading online backup software product looks at protecting data from other threats – namely, theft, accidental damage and hardware failure. The Mozy system works silently in the background and uploads user data securely to a remote online server. This keeps the backup away from the original and allows users to ‘fire-and-forget’ when setting up their backup solution.
No hardware is required and the software can be downloaded for free from the internet. Mozy already offers this service to over a million users for a low monthly or annual fee and a free trial is available.
At present the service from McAfee is only available to US customers but the company promises that other countries will get the web backup offering over the next year.
Mozy claims to be the worlds most trusted online backup service and competes with Carbonite, Backblaze, SugarSync, iDrive and SpiderOak amongs others in the fast growing market.
Improved memory usage, simpler options and performance improvements are just some of the changes that have been made by the Web Backup software provider, Mozy, in it’s latest release of the company’s online backup offering.
The new version, Mozy 1.5, for Mac OS X is part of ongoing improvements to this popular web backup solution and comes during a time of great expansion for EMC Company as it announces a raft of partnerships with organizations ranging from Chinese internet service providers to mobile phone giants.
Mozy 1.5 for Mac has better memory usage which reduces the resources it requires allowing both the software and your Apple Mac to run that little bit faster (not that many of us complain about the speed of our awesome Macs!). The menu options bar has been simplified and the overall stability and performance of the software has been improved.
Users can choose to download the update immediately or just allow their existing Mozy software to update itself which usually happens within a few days.
Competitors such as Carbonite, Backblaze and SugarSync are also improving their online backup offerings but the pace or Mozy’s expansion keeps them up there as a big contender in this evolving market.
Mozy, the web backup services company, has teamed up with China’s largest telecommunications and broadband privider, China Telecom, to launch a new service called eYun.
eYun is chinese for eCloud and the product iteslf allows users to backup their data online over the internet. Based on the Mozy platform which is in use by over 1 million users worldwide it is hoped that the new service will appeal to China Telecoms 214 million fixed line and 47 million broadband users as well as it’s 35 million mobile users.
Mozy and China Telecom have been running a trial of 15,000 users and now say they are ready for mass release of the online backup service which will go on sale immediately. Providing secure web backup services to the largest internet market in the world will push the already successful Mozy backup service to the forefront with it’s competitors such as BackBlaze, SugarSync and Carbonite surely keen to make a place for themselves in this emerging market also.
Mozy is a Decho Corporation product. Decho is an EMC company based in Seattle, USA. The eYun website is www.51eyun.com
Mozy, the web backup service provide for home and business, yesterday announced that it was upgrading the status of Apple’s new Snow Leopard OS X operating system to the ‘preferred’ OS for its online backup application.
A representative of the company confirmed on their website that the new operating system provided extra stability and speed for their application and they were also keen to encourage users to switch to Snow Leopard as soon as possible with the comment that “The sooner we get the majority of our Mac users on Snow Leopard,
the sooner our engineers can take advantage of Snow Leopard’s 64-bit
Their confidence in the new operating system will come as welcome news to users of the Mozy backup software who may have been waiting to upgrade but keen to ensure that their data would be safe.
Mozy, the Utah based software company, competes against industry leaders like Carbonite, Backblaze and SugarSync to provide low cost unlimted web backup storage to the home and SME market.
Backup is not just for those with laptops and desktops. This is a great little article for those of you looking to back up your mobile phone which is definitely becoming more important as we store more of our data this way!