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New Restore Interface Is More than Just Good Looks

What do you get after research, testing, and valuable feedback from the best customers around? Good looks and improved performance! While it’s true that Mozy’s web interface has been updated and streamlined, there’s more to the changes than a new look. Performance is better than ever. You might have thought that finding and accessing your files couldn’t get easier, but leave it to Mozy to do just that.

Mozy Restore Interface

Here’s what to expect when you download a file or restore your entire backup:

  • All capabilities from the previous version have been retained, though some have new names or locations—with one exception. The important actions and links from the Dashboard Summary tab have been moved to the new Account options menu, which appears when you click or tap your user name.
  • Emergency Restore is now named Restore All Files. When you want to restore all files from any backed-up device, just select the device, and then in the Actions pane click Restore All Files. It’s that easy.
  • Download History also has a new name: Event History, which you can see by clicking Event History in the new Account options menu.
  • Notifications are now available by clicking the badge adjacent to your user name. Note that the badge appears only when new notifications are available. In addition, you can now choose to view the page in the default light theme or a new dark theme. Simply click Preferences in the new Account options menu.
  • Are you using Mozy Sync? Now you can set your start page to be either the Devices tab or the Synced tab by clicking Preferences in the new Account options menu. (By the way, if you’re not using Mozy Sync, you should be! Mozy Sync lets you access your files quickly and easily from all your devices. What could be better than that? Learn more about Mozy Sync.

We’d love to hear your experience with the new interface. Let us know what you think.

Then and Now – The Next Generation of Mozy

In this snapshot infographic, explore Mozy’s fast-paced “then and now” journey since 2006 — its growth of online backup customers and their data that has paralleled the explosion of the digital world.

Mozy Then and Now Infographic

Mozy Partner Success Story – Vito Farelli

Computer VirusOne of the most enjoyable things we get to do here at Mozy is hear about how our service has helped people avoid catastrophes. Individuals and businesses trust us to protect their most important digital information, and nothing is more comforting in a time of disaster than to know your files aren’t more than a couple of clicks away. We often hear stories from our customers and partners, and received one recently that we’d like to pass on.

I’ve been reselling Mozy to my clients for years now and I stress over and over again on how important backups are. Well today I was recipient of the greatness of MozyPro backup. One of our computers got infected with the CrytoLocker virus and it went in to all the shares of the network and started locking down all MS Office files. Once I identified the culprit computer and removed it from the network I then went to work on how to fix these now corrupt files. I logged onto the server and started restoring my files from the previous night Mozy backup. We have a lot of MS Office files that get used daily. This includes MS Access Front Ends with SQL backend and the Access file was affected. I was able to restore all my programs without any data loss and restore productivity to our busy office within hours.

If not for Mozy backup this day could have truly been my “Black Friday.” I am in the process of now restoring the non-essential files that were on the server other than for storage. As I stated before I have been reselling MozyPro for years to my clients. Today is just another example on how well your product performs. I extend to you my highest praise and recommendation to anyone that would have any doubts of your product.

Thank you very much

Sincerely

Vito Farelli

This experience is a great reminder that even if you’re careful, you might find yourself in a situation in which, through no fault of your own, the data you have is lost or destroyed. If you aren’t protecting your business data already, you should consider cloud backup. MozyPro makes it easy and affordable to back up your data and make it easily accessible to you no matter where you are. If you’re interested in helping others use Mozy to protect their information, you can learn more about our Reseller program.

 

3rd Annual Frightful Haiku Contest Winners!

Mozy Haiku ScaryWe’re happy to announce the winners of our 3rd Annual Frightful Haiku Contest! We had over 30 awesome entries, which made choosing the winners that much more difficult.

And now, the winners, as voted on by the Mozy Marketing Team:

Grand Prize Winner

Sandra Rowe:

Great-Grandma’s pictures–
Gone–but now back from the dead!
Wish she was back, too.

Runners-up

Elana:

What a fiendish trick -
A werewolf ate my hard drive.
Mozy was my treat!

ChrisZel:

Lurking…in the dark,
Like the Data Grim Reaper.
The blue screen awaits.

Frisbee Winners (Honorable Mention)

Sue:

The heart-sinking sound
is your hard drive dying but
Mozy has you backed.

Shawn Hannan:

Diskpart, clean, format.
All ready to start anew.
Wait! Uh-oh… Wrong drive.

Emily Cooper and Tom Hendren:

ZERO BYTES
Dissertation done!
Years of work. Just needs printing.
“This file is empty.”

If you’re a winner, please email stories@mozy.com to claim your prize. Thanks to everyone for the awesome submissions, and be thinking about next year, it’ll be here scaring us before you know it!

Mozy at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2013

Members of the Mozy team had a great time earlier this month representing Mozy at the 2013 edition of the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo. We were able to meet with a bunch of great people at the booth and enjoyed the warm, overcast Orlando fall weather.

MozyEnterprise customer Florida Virtual School presented on their experience with MozyEnterprise on the first day of the event. Florida Virtual School (FLVS) is an innovative public school offering accredited K-12 online education, free to Florida residents. Keeping the digital classroom running smoothly means keeping the 2,000 teachers in the FLVS faculty online and with consistent access to their classroom data. After struggling for years with complex and sluggish external hard drive backups and laptop replacement processes, which took a week or more, FLVS switched to MozyEnterprise and has cut the delay in data restoration by over 75 percent.

MozyEnterprise’s ease of use was put to the test when a teacher unfortunately lost her work laptop in a house fire. Thanks to Mozy, she was back up and running with every file she needed in no time.

Take a more detailed look at Florida Virtual School’s MozyEnterprise experience. Below is the presentation that was given about the event. We’re looking forward to next year!

Frightful Computer Haiku Contest v 3.0

Our annual “Frightful Computer Haiku Contest” is back. If you have submitted before and haven’t won, now’s your chance! The third time’s the charm, right? Comment on this post with your haiku to enter to win $200!

Mozy Frightful Haiku Contest 2013

Haven’t written a haiku since 3rd grade? Don’t worry, it’s easy to do. Haikus are composed of three lines. Line one is five syllables, line two is seven syllables, and line three is five syllables. Haikus that don’t meet this criteria will be disqualified, so make sure your haiku has the right arrangement of syllables.

Here is an example:

I now understand
why hard drives and coffee mugs
don’t mix very well

Our four favorites will win, and here are the prizes you could earn:

  • Grand prize: $200 Amazon.com gift card
  • Three runners up will receive $50 Amazon.com gift cards.
  • We’ll also select a few honorable mentions, who will win a Mozy Saved My Bacon frisbee.
  • The winning haikus will also be featured on our Facebook page and Twitter account.

To enter: Simply comment on this post with your frightful computer haiku.

Rules:

  • Your haiku must be original. Don’t just copy one of the ones someone submitted last time (or this time), because that’s just lame. And we will be checking.
  • Your haiku must be awesome, but this goes without saying.
  • One entry per person. Please do not submit the same haiku over and over again.
  • Submit your haiku by Oct. 31, 11:59 PM MDT. Winners will be announced on Friday, Nov. 1.

That’s it! Pretty easy, right? So get your haiku on and submit away! Like this contest? Click here to tweet it!

Revisualizing the Petabyte

We’re big fans of infographics here at Mozy (evidence: mozy.com/blog/infographics and mozy.com/infographics). In 2009 we produced an infographic titled “How Much is a Petabyte?“. This post has been extremely popular, and accounts for about 15% of all traffic to the Mozy blog. It has bounced around between the 2nd and 4th position on the first page of Google search results for “petabyte”.

We’ve produced an update to that original graphic. This new infographic is interactive, meaning it changes as you scroll down. There are also places where you can change the data shown by using sliders. This is the first one we’ve done, and we’re pretty excited about it. We hope you like it as well. We’ve got more planned! View the infographic in it’s entirety here.

Revisualizing the Petabyte

 

Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Mozy Pet Contest Winners

It’s raining cats and dogs here at Mozy! We had a bunch of very cuddly entries in our pet picture contest from our August newsletter. Each entry wins a Mozy Saved My Bacon frisbee. See all of the amazing entries here:

 

In the end it was an extremely tough choice but we were able to narrow the field down to our five favorite furry friends. The five winners below win $25 Amazon.com gift cards.

We’ll be reaching out to the winners via email to help them claim their prizes. Here’s a picture of the great Mozy Saved My Bacon frisbee:

Mozy Saved My Bacon Frisbee

8 Upcoming Movie Remakes We Aren’t Sure We Need

As they’ve done time and time again, Hollywood is turning to the past to find the movies of the future.

Some people argue that with a quality initial film, you don’t need something new – that the original is something to be honored for it’s excellence. Likewise, if your original work is backed up and protected, you don’t need to recreate something you’ve already put a lot of time and effort into (unless you want to – or you think millions of people will pay to come and see it). Others say that if the original movie wasn’t that great (or, even if it is), that a fresh look could be the ticket to a film and a story that everyone enjoys.

Here are eight remakes you’ll be seeing in theaters over the next couple of years, with their original trailers and Rotten Tomato scores for reference. What do you think – are you looking forward to the remakes, or are you a tried and true “original” fan?

1. Robocop – (88%)


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2. Jumanji – (50%)

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3. The Jungle Book – (86%)

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4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – (44%)

Remake Info Source

5. Dirty Dancing – (72%)

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6. The Mummy – (55%)

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7. Overboard – (50%)

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8. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids – (75%)

Remake Info Source

Ode to the IT Pro

With this infographic, Mozy offers an appreciative “Ode to the IT Pro”. We celebrate those hard working individuals who tackle our BIOS issues and listen sympathetically while we tell them how we forgot our password or can’t remember what we need to do to get our office email on our cell phone.

One way to look at IT pros is to compare them to a car mechanic. If your engine is broken, you can somtimes still roll down the windows or listen to the radio, but you’re not going to get anywhere, and you’re going to need a lot of help to get things right. The IT team in your company has the knowledge they need to take care of all of your tech problems, big or small. The IT role has become increasingly complicated with policies like BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), laptops (taking a computer to and from work and on the road can be tough on the hardware), and employees using all sorts of backup and file sharing tools to collaborate, potentially exposing sensitive company data.

Without these hardworking individuals, much of the work that we’re able to do on a daily basis would grind to a halt, slowed by error messages, malware, email issues, and a WiFi password that nobody knows. IT professions often work in the shadows, climbing under your desk to figure out why your mouse isn’t working, or taking a flashlight to the server room to see if they can find that file you need from four years ago. They don’t often get the recognition and praise that a position like theirs deserves. That changes today – IT pros, this one’s for you!

Mozy Online Backup - Ode to the IT Pro

 

MozyEnterprise Online Backup