Singing praises for the cloud

More than 1 exabyte of files are stored in the cloud today, as reported by Neowin news.

So what’s an exabyte? First, consider that the prefix exa means 1 billion billion. A good way to think of an exabyte is to think of it in terms of bytes. An exabyte is equal to 1 quintillion bytes. That’s 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes! One exabyte is equal to more than 1 billion gigabytes. To be precise, 1,073,741,824 gigabytes.

What if you had an iPod that could store an exabyte? Yeah, we know, that’s some kind of super iPod. It’s like the power of every superhero transformed into the world’s largest iPod EVER! But just for fun, let’s say you had a iPod with that much storage. What could you store?

Are you a music lover? In terms of CD-quality tunes, a superhero iPod with an exabyte of storage could hold 214,748,364,800 of your favorite songs! Come to think of it, with that many songs, they wouldn’t all be your favorites. In fact, we’re pretty sure you would hate some of those songs. We’re also thinking that there aren’t that many songs written. But just think about the possibilities. For example, you would have plenty of storage for songs of the future.

And speaking of tunes, remember the slogan Apple used when it released its first iPod, “1,000 songs in your pocket” back in 2001? That device took advantage of a 5 GB hard drive. A lot has changed since then. For example, today’s smartphones typically come equipped with 32 gigabytes of storage. That’s a lot of songs to carry in your pocket! Enough storage for your favorite, almost favorite, and not-so-favorite songs, including songs you hate! And plenty of other files.

As we witness all of the changes that technology brings, we never cease to be amazed by the amount of data associated with those changes. To be sure, there isn’t any pocketable device on which you can store 214,748,364,800 tunes. But one thing we know for sure: Files (such as all of those songs!) and other data still need to be backed up and protected. And that’s one reason why the cloud will continue to grow by petabytes, exabytes and zettabytes, and why it is more relevant today than ever before. Consider that by 2018, more than three quarters of workloads will be processed by cloud data centers, according to the Cisco Global Cloud Index. The index predicts that annual global cloud IP traffic will reach 6.5 zettabytes by the end of 2018.

So, what’s a zettabyte? One zettabyte equals a lot of exabytes! To be precise, 1,024 exabytes. Now that’s a lot of songs—yesterday’s, today’s, and everything in our future. The cloud is ready to back them all up—and all of your other data. And that’s worth singing about.

The Mozy Cloud Is the Cat’s Meow

Domestic cats don’t depend on their owners to feel secure when they’re in unfamiliar environments. According to a recent University of Lincoln study, adult cats are more autonomous than dogs and not as dependent on humans to provide a sense of protection.

When it comes to cat owners, that’s probably not news. After all, you know how cats are. They like to put on that air of confidence: “Hey, I don’t need you. I’m independent.” And there’s nothing at all to be done about that!

But cats certainly have their appeal, as the study pointed out. For pet owners who work long hours, many see a cat as an ideal pet. Autonomous. Independent. Economical. And practically maintenance free. No wonder the domestic cat has recently passed the dog as the most popular companion animal in Europe.

And speaking of cats, the Mozy cloud is a lot like the domestic cat. Autonomous. Independent. Economical. And practically maintenance free. For a moment, let’s consider some of the benefits of backing up to the Mozy cloud.

Autonomous: When you back up your data to the Mozy cloud, it’s self-contained. You never have to worry about where your data is. You own it, and it’s always safe and accessible. Kind of like your pet cat: out of sight, but always still around.

Independent: People who back up to the Mozy cloud are the independent sort. We’re not saying you’re like cats, but like you, cats do cherish their independence. Backing up your data to our cloud puts you in charge of how often you back up, when you back up, and which files you back up.

Economical: Backing up your data to the Mozy cloud offers plenty of options. You purchase the storage space that works best for you. No expensive long-term contracts. Check up on your plan every now and then, increase storage space as necessary, and you’re always good to go. Just like feeding a kitten. As it grows, feed it more.

Maintenance free: IT is busier than ever. So much to do, but rarely enough time (or budget) to do everything. By backing up to the Mozy cloud, you free up valuable in-house IT resources. Automatic backups mean peace of mind and time to focus on more important things, like running your business.

Mozy by EMC not only protects endpoints and remote offices, the solution helps increase workforce productivity with file sync and mobile access. And IT stays in control of corporate data. Mozy’s cloud backup solution for desktops, laptops, and small servers gives you more complete data protection for users on any network, and the administrative console lets you manage it all from anywhere. No wonder Mozy by EMC is the most trusted name in cloud data protection.

With all of those benefits, Mozy cloud backup is truly the cat’s meow.

Mozy Summer Photo Contest 2015 winners announced!

WINNER!!! “Staying cool in the city”

Judging by the photographs you submitted to this year’s Mozy Summer Photo Contest, it’s pictorially obvious that you are enjoying the summer. Take a look at this year’s submissions.

We received lots of wonderful images that made us want to be where you were! There were so many fun photos that we wish we could award everyone a prize. But you knew the rules when you entered our contest: $25 gift cards for three runners-up and a $50 gift card for the grand prize winner. Images were voted on by members of the Mozy Marketing team. The most votes per photo determined the winners.

After all the votes were counted, here are the winners:
•   Grand Prize: “Staying Cool in the City”
•   Runners-Up Prizes:
     º   “U9 West Seattle Steelheads”
     º   “Dude with Venus, Jupiter, and a Waxing Crescent Moon”
     º   “The Marina at Chula Vista”

U9 West Seattle Steelheads

Dude with Venus, Jupiter, and a Waxing Crescent Moon

The Marina at Chula Vista

Congratulations to each of our winners! And a warm summer thanks to each of you for sharing some of your favorite summer memories with us. If you didn’t win a prize this year, there is always next summer. In the meantime, continue to enjoy the summer…it’s almost over. Be cool, have fun, and be safe!

And don’t forget: Because you back up to the cloud with Mozy by EMC, you will always be a winner.

Congrats to all of our winners! If you are one of the winners, please send an email to and include your snail mail and email addresses.

Using Microsoft Windows 10? Yes, Mozy Backs That Up!

Excited about Microsoft Windows 10? If you’re a Windows user, you may be considering upgrading to the latest version. Mozy has been extensively tested on Windows 10 and you can be confident that your Mozy backup software will work with Microsoft’s latest operating system. For the latest Mozy features and benefits, be sure that you’re using the latest Mozy backup software, which you can download here.

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What’s in a name? You wouldn’t know these companies by their first names

Brad’s Drink

In 1893 Caleb Bradham opened a pharmacy in North Carolina after dropping out of medical school due to a family crisis. While running his pharmacy he concocted a “healthy” cola, which was thought to aid in digestion. This refreshing drink was concocted of sugar, water, caramel, lemon oil, nutmeg, and other additives and was called “Brad’s Drink.” That name only lasted for five years and in 1898 it was renamed to…Pepsi Cola.


BackRub it. Yeah, that sounds way weird, but if one well-known company had kept their original name, we would be saying “BackRub it” instead of “Google it.” Way back in 1996, Ph.D. students Larry Page and Sergey Brin created a search engine they called BackRub. Taking up too much bandwidth on Stanford University’s website, Page and Brin eventually moved the company to a friend’s garage and registered the Google domain name, which originated from the word “googol,” which is the number 1 followed by 100 zeros.

Computing-Tabulation-Recording Corporation

The merger of four companies in 1911 created the Computing-Tabulation-Recording Company. The company manufactured a wide range of products, including employee time-keeping systems, weighing scales, automatic meat slicers, and punched card equipment. In 1924 the company was renamed to International Business Machines, otherwise known around the world as IBM.

Marufuku Co. Ltd

Originally named Marufuku, this company produced and marketed Hanafuda cards.  In 1951 the company’s name was changed to “Nintendo Playing Card Co. Ltd.”

After the president of the company visited the largest playing card company at that time and saw how small the offices were, he decided to explore other ventures that could be more profitable. In 1963 the company dropped the “Playing Card Co. Ltd.” from their name and simplified it to Nintendo. Nintendo tried to find an industry where they could establish a solid business, even dabbling in the hotel industry, taxi services, and other ventures that continued to fail. Testing various markets, they finally hit gold with Nintendo Entertainment Center in 1986.

Jerry’s Guide to the World Wide Web

Once again Stanford University makes an appearance on our list. Two graduate students were putting off finishing their doctoral studies and playing around on the new phenomenon known as the World Wide Web. As they found new sites that they liked they would index them in a directory on their website. As the list began to grow, they decided to call their website “Jerry and David’s Guide to the World Wide Web,” after Jerry Yang and David Filo, the two students. The site was renamed in 1995 to Yahoo!, a backronym for “Yet Another Hierarchically Organized Oracle.”!

Did you get that life-changing bonus? No? But you are backing up your data, right?

Did you hear about the CEO of a successful food delivery company who sold his 15-year-old company for $589 million? That’s exciting for him, no doubt. But did you hear what he did with $27 million of his new fortune? He shared it with more than 100 employees who were high performers and who had been with the company for more than two years. The average bonus worked out to be 150 months of wages.

Most of us love to hear stories like that, probably because those who received the bonus happened to be at the right place at the right time and otherwise would never have imagined themselves receiving such an unexpected windfall. We share their joy in part probably because we can picture ourselves in that situation. And maybe that gives us hope that it could happen to us. Think about what you would do with 150 months of wages!

The truth is, your chances of winning the lottery, or being left a multi-million-dollar inheritance, or receiving an extraordinarily large bonus, or being the recipient of some other windfall are, well, slim to none. In other words, don’t bet on it. Take for example the lottery. A recent Mega Millions lottery jackpot that was worth more than $250 million had winning odds of about 1 in 100 million. You know what they say about those odds: You have a better chance of getting struck by lightning (odds: 1 in 280,000).

More than likely, you will never be attacked by a shark, though the odds of that happening (1 in 11.5 million) are probably more in your favor than, say, winning the next Mega Millions jackpot. You have a better chance of losing your computer data because of a hard drive failure; leaving your computer (or smartphone or tablet) on a plane, train, or taxi; having someone steal it; or causing a user error that ultimately results in a permanently deleted file. Of course, any one of those beats getting hit by lightning or sharing the water with a hungry shark.

Sure, we will be happy for you if you win the lottery or receive an unexpected bonus equal to 150 months of salary. But that’s probably not going to happen. We will not be happy for you if you lose your data because you have not backed it up. So, just to increase your odds of never losing an important file or other valuable data, be sure that you’re backing up your files with the latest version of the Mozy backup software. If your hard drive fails; if someone steals your computer; if you survive a plane crash but your laptop doesn’t (yes, that really happened to a Mozy customer); if you accidentally delete a favorite photo—or an entire folder structure—if your home or business burns down; if you experience a catastrophic flood; or if you forget your laptop on a plane, train or taxi…. No matter what disaster happens, we hope that (1) you or your loved ones are safe and unharmed, (2) you are able to get back on your feet quickly, (3) you’ve backed up your important data.

So as you continue to enjoy the rest of the summer, be safe!

Microsoft Server 2003 end of life and how Mozy can help

If you haven’t already heard, Microsoft ended support for Windows Server 2003 on July 14, 2015. If you’re running Windows Server 2003, be prepared to take action, if you haven’t already. Microsoft is no longer issuing security patches for any version of Windows Server 2003, which could open up your business to potential security risks. You have a number of options:
   •    Deprecate the applications you are currently running on Windows Server 2003
   •    Migrate to a newer version of Windows Server (Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2, or Windows Server 2012 or 2012 R2)
   •    Purchase extended custom support from Microsoft for Windows Server 2003
   •    Migrate to Linux or VMware vSphere

Whichever option you choose, be sure you’re backing up with Mozy! In addition to backing up Windows, Mozy backs up common Linux distributions, including CentOS, Debian, Fedora, Red Hat, and Ubuntu. And not only does Mozy back up physical servers, Mozy also backs up VMware vSphere VMs.

Migrations even under the best of conditions can cause glitches, including those caused by user error. Again, whether you choose to migrate to a newer version of Windows Server or to Linux or vSphere, be sure that your data is backed up to the Mozy cloud.

If you have questions about backing up with Mozy, please contact Mozy Support. For more information about Mozy’s Client Software Upgrade and Retirement Policy, click here.

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Use the cloud to help create your wedding day

In recent articles we’ve highlighted a few industries that have benefited from cloud computing. Although the cloud is beneficial to SMBs and enterprises, there are many ways that consumers take advantage of the cloud. Let’s take a look at preparing for a wedding.

Today you would be hard pressed to find a Rolodex in any of our homes, thanks to the digital age. To avoid having to reach out to each of our friends and family for their information, consider taking a Wikipedia approach to collecting the mailing information for your wedding guests. I suggest using Google forms to address this need.

Google forms allow you to create a free “survey” where prospective guests can fill out their information. Google even has created some great background theme images that you can use. Once the survey is customized to your liking you can then send a link to your friends. In this case I suggest sending it in a message via Facebook (because that’s where most of us have connected with our closest friends). Once the guests enter in the info it’s compiled in an easy-to-access spreadsheet, which can be shared with your future spouse and can also be exported and sent to your local print/copy shop for printing invitations. Ten minutes to create the form can save hours of contacting each and every person.

What about the cloud and wedding gifts? Each new couple needs a few sets of matching bathroom towels, but how do you avoid getting duplicate gifts? Set up a gift registry! Target and Bed Bath & Beyond have thoughtfully created an easy way to register for the gifts that you need. The recently engaged couple can add gifts via the company’s site or by going into the store. The updated list is then accessible at any of their stores or via the registry on the company’s site. The company even stores your address for guests that are out of town and won’t be able to attend the wedding.

Helping all those involved in the wedding visualize what you want on your special day is crucial. If you or your loved one has collected hundreds of images of the perfect fairytale wedding, be sure that you have access to them anywhere you go. Mozy’s mobile app lets you sync your files from your computer to your mobile device without having to use the storage space on your phone. Within seconds you have instant access to images of the ideal bouquet or wedding dress. Why leave it to chance? Use the cloud help you create your special day!

Threats to Enterprise Businesses – Infographic

We got to thinking about the enterprise and how it’s often thought of as a modern-day venture. But the enterprise has been around a long time. In fact, historically, enterprise-sized companies have come and gone for any number of reasons, primarily because they weren’t prepared for the unexpected or they underestimated economic indicators. And today’s enterprises are no less immune from threats than yesterday’s enterprises. Whether man-made or natural, internal or external, there are persistent forces out there ready to take down any enterprise not properly prepared or protected. If you’re looking to protect your business from data loss, take a look at MozyEnterprise by EMC, a cloud-based solution that protects data and provides data restores. We’ve been around a long time and we’re here to help you do the same.

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Mozy Summer Photo Contest 2015*

Is your camera already capturing your summer fun activities? If not, now is the time to focus on entering your favorite snapshots in the Mozy Summer Photo Contest 2015. Show us all of those magical summer moments at the beach, park, mountains, desert (well, maybe not the desert in the summer time!), pool, waterpark, backyard kiddie pool…. Well, you get the picture. Yes, there will be prizes for the best photos (more on that later). And while your picture doesn’t have to involve water, it does need to say “summer fun.” Photos will be judged on the following criteria:

•   Originality.
•   Has a distinct summer feel.
•   The “Aww” factor, as in “Aww, cute!” or “in awe” of the scene…or maybe just “AWSOME!” You get the idea.

To submit your summer photo, please follow these steps:

1. Make sure the photo you submit is your own original work. Water is cool, copycats are not!
2. The photo should be appropriate for all ages.
3. In the comments section below, give your photo a title and then click on the photo icon below the text box to upload your photo.
4. You will also need to sign in to post. You can use your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, or Google login.
5. Then just wait! Your photo will be reviewed and then posted.

Once it’s live, you may also want to share it with your friends and family. Photos that have more “likes” will certainly get our attention. And you want to get our attention because here are the prizes we will be awarding for the best shots: $25 gift cards (three lucky winners!) and…drum roll, please…a $50 gift card for the grand prize winner!

Entries must be submitted before August 31, 2015. Winners will be announced in the September 2015 MozyHome newsletter and posted on this blog.

Good luck! We’re excited to see your amazing photography skills!


*Void where prohibited by law. (Yeah, we have to say that.)