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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Online Backup Service Mozy Discontinues Unlimited Backup Plans - My Plan Now Costs 1390% More Money

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 12:37 PM

Up until today, I've been an extremely enthusiastic supporter of Mozy for the past several years. For $93.56 USD, I was signed up for a two year plan that worked wonderfully. That works out to only $3.90 per month, which is affordable for anyone who has a computer and an Internet connection. Even if you were paying the $4.95 monthly fee, it was still cheap. I was such a fan of Mozy I was constantly evangelising their service to friends and family; I've seen the effects of data loss first hand and wouldn't wish that anger and frustration on anyone. For the price of a Starbucks coffee per month, Mozy would protect all of your digital information...until now. Read more...


Saturday, May 29, 2010

Mozy 2.0 Adds "2xProtect": Local Hard Drive Backup

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 11:00 AM

http://mozy.com/landing/win-2

"Mozy, the industry-leading online backup service from EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC), today announced general availability of MozyHome 2.0 and MozyPro 2.0 on Windows. New enhancements include faster upload speeds and decreased bandwidth usage, new convenience and access features, and Mozy 2xProtect - a new feature which allows Mozy users to back up to a local external drive in addition to Mozy's online data centres at no additional cost."

I'm a Mozy [Affiliate] user myself, and a relatively happy one, so this update impacts me directly - and for a full dot release, I have to admit I was a bit underwhelmed. Not many visible changes in the client software; it's not immediately apparent how the local back angle figures in, though I don't need to use that anyway (I use SyncbackSE). I'm very interested in the 25% faster backups - I'll have to do a little test and see if it's noticeable. What doesn't seem to be fixed yet is the most incredible flaw in the software/service I can imagine: confirmed for me by Mozy tech support agent Rovin Shukla a few weeks ago, if any metadata changes are made to a file, the entire file needs to be backed up again. That 800 MB video file that you added a single new keyword to? Mozy apparently needs to back up the whole thing again. Yeah, that sucks. That one big issue aside, I'm really happy I have 450+ GB of data backed up with Mozy - I do not fear the Data Loss Reaper!


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Mozy is NOT Working on a Windows Home Server Software Client

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 12:00 PM

http://www.mozy.com/?ref=3f9a896b&k...=30184&m=4&i=75

UPDATE: James Jolley, Marketing Manager at Mozy, emailed me to say that everything I was told below was 100% false. Mozy is not working on a Windows Home Server version of their software. The tech support representative gave me false information - I have no idea why he'd do that, so I'm pretty upset at feeling duped. I asked Jolley for a quote regarding Mozy's stance on Windows Home Server and why there's no solution for it yet, but after five days I haven't heard back from Jolley and I suspect I'm not going to.

UPDATE #2: Devin Knighton, who does PR for Mozy got back to me and provided the following quote: "Mozy supports Windows Server with its MozyPro offering, not MozyHome. We do not have any plans at this time to include server support in our MozyHome Unlimited offering." To give you some perspective on how unrealistic this is, I have 418 GB of data backed up with Mozy right now. If I were to back up that same amount of data using MozyPro, it would cost me $215 USD/month. Right now I pay $4.33 USD/month. Those numbers speak for themselves, so I guess I'll continue to use my current setup to back up my data to Mozy. I think there's a market her for someone to come along and win customers away from Mozy, so hopefully someone will step up and provide a great backup solution for Windows Home Server customers.

Every few months, if I happen to remember to do so, I'll email Mozy and beg ask them to create a version of their software for the Windows Home Server platform. I think Mozy is fantastic (here's an affiliate link if you want to sign up) but I've been irked that they haven't had a Windows Home Server version of their software since that's where all my data is centrally stored. Every time I've emailed them in the past, they've told me that since it's a server, I'd need to use their MozyPro service, which is much more expensive. That's missing the "home" part of the product name of course, because it's a product aimed at home users and those users can't going to pay the rates that MozyPro charges. When I emailed Mozy again a few days ago, I was expecting the same canned response, but imagine my surprise when I received this response instead:

"Our Research team is working to develop a client for Windows Home Server for MozyHome customers. Once it is developed you can switch back to MozyHome and back up Windows Home Server."

That's great news! I'm not sure when they'll release it - one would hope sometime this year - or what it will cost, but at least they're working on it. I'm willing to pay a bit more for a Windows Home Server version, but not much more. I hope Mozy doesn't price this in the range of MozyPro.

Oh, and as a side note, if you're not already using online backup service, ask yourself this question: if you lost everything on your computer today, including the backups you probably keep in your house or even attached to your computer, would you pay $5/month to get it all back? If so, then sign up for Mozy today and save yourself from that feeling of regret.

I heard back from the Mozy support tech was shared this information with me and he said it "should be launched very shortly." Sounds like it won't be much of a wait after all!


Friday, April 10, 2009

My Lop-Sided Bandwidth Chart

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 03:00 PM

I happened to be poking around the Web-based control panel from my ISP today, and I figured I'd check out my modem bandwidth stats. I'll give you one guess which month I installed Mozy in. ;-) I blew past my ISPs 100 GB bandwidth cap that month, but you have to do that three months in a row before they drop the hammer on you. I have to chuckle when I hear people complaining about Comcast's 250 GB bandwidth caps - I bet only people that are complaining are the ones running bitorrent clients 24/7. Unless someone is downloading an Xbox Live HD movie every single day in a month, it's almost impossible to blow through that much bandwidth with legitimate use. But I digress...have a great weekend everyone! And if you want to check out Mozy, use the coupon code APRIL to get 10% off. [Affiliate]


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