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Mustaches – Who Made Them Famous and Who Followed

As part of our celebration of Movember, we’re excited to present this quick study of “Mustachios”. This infographic looks at some of the most popular mustache styles, who made them famous, and then who followed in their footsteps. Be sure not to miss out on the rest of the festivities here at Mozy, including a chance to help us donate $5,000 to the Movember cause. This cause also gives us a chance to share our favorite new Mozy feature – Mozy Stash. Stash compliments your existing back up and lets you sync files between computers and devices with ease. Please share the infographic and help us spread the word – long live the ‘stache!

Mustaches - Who Made them Famous, and Who Followed

Frightful Haiku Contest 2.0 Winners!

Mozy Frightful Haiku Contest WinnersThe winners of our Frightful Haiku contest have been chosen! Everyone who entered did a great job capturing the fear and devestation that a hard drive crash, viruses, and other computer problems can cause. For a scary good time, be sure to read through all of the entries here.

Congratulations to our winners!

Grand Prize Winner:

Wind whips through the cloud
Malware-wolves lurk in shadows
Full hard drive tonight

- chelroos

Runners Up:

Windows crashes hard.
Screen flickers. Zombie attack?
Did I save my work?

- Darryl L.

Writing an essay
Without a computer is
The one true nightmare

- Ryan H.

Mom tries to cut, paste
Deletes a picture from screen
Thinks it’s in the mouse.

- Describli

We’ve attempted to contact all winners – if you haven’t heard from us, please email contest@mozy.com by 5:00 pm MST on Nov. 2 to claim your prize! Congratulations again to our winners, and thanks to everyone who participated. Stay tuned for an upcoming contest right around the corner!

Mozy Stash Video Contest Winner!

This past summer, we asked our MozyHome customers to re-create a movie, while incorporating Mozy Stash into the plot.  We were overwhelmed with all the responses and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves watching each of them.  Although it was difficult to narrow it down to one winner, we finally chose the winner.

Congratulations to Phil Berry from Winston-Salem, North Carolina!

Grab a bowl of popcorn, sit back, relax, and watch a re-creation of “Back to the Future” featuring the perfect sprinkling of Mozy Stash throughout the movie.

Want to be participate in Mozy’s latest contest? Try our Scary Haiku Contest!

Mozy Summer Photo Contest Winners!

Earlier this year in one of our newsletters we asked Mozy users to submit one of their favorite summer photos. We had a ton of awesome submissions, and choosing our favorites was not an easy task. Take a look at the winners and let us know which one is your favorite!

Each winner recieves a $25 Amazon.com gift card.

Here are the winners (in no particular order):

Judy O. “I took the attached photo from atop of my Tennessee Walking Horse, “Baybay” during our camping trip at Montana de Oro State Park, California.”

Marge M. “Three cousins competing in a 4th of July watermelon eating contest.  An annual event in Sunriver, Oregon!”

Hans D. “I’m only an amateur photographer who was in Lisbon some months ago and took this photo of clothes drying high on a building. I liked the wind playing with the robes. And of course the color! When I see the picture, I immediately want ot be there again.”

Scott P. “Mt. McKinley taken from the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge on July 8, 2012. We missed our summit plane flight excursion due to clouds the day before but on this day McKinley revealed itself!”

Gerald W. “At another Granddaughter’s wedding this summer in Charlotte, N.C., snapped a picture of my Great Granddaughter chatting with her Aunt in a window sill. She was the flower girl for the wedding.”

Thanks to everyone who submitted, and congratulations to the winners! We’ll have some more contests coming up soon – make sure to enter to win!

Back up those Halloween Memories

Here’s a clip from one of our favorite Halloween movies:

Halloween is one of our favorite times of year! We enjoy the costume parties, the scary movies, and of course, all the candy!

While you’re out having a good time, remember to back up those memories! Whether you’re out with your little trick-or-treaters and taking pictures with your phone, or recording the annual family pumpkin carving catasthophe festivities, Mozy has you covered. Happy Halloween!

Mozy is MSPWorld MVP

Members of the Mozy team spent last week in Austin, Texas. In addition to the world class BBQ, bats, and Texas Longhorn football, Austin is also renowned for hosting the largest gathering of MSP’s (managed service providers) in North America. We had a great time meeting with the MSP community this past week, and had a great time at MSPWorld.

We were encouraged by the stories from Mozy resellers who stopped by the booth and shared experiences about how being a Mozy reseller have changed their business. We were also very honored to receive the MVP award as voted by the community (pictured below, complete with Mozy ‘Back the F:\ Up!’ t-shirts in the background).

MSPWorld MVP Award

Hearing great feedback from our resellers validates all the work we’ve done the past few years to build a cloud services channel program where our partners come first. Our awesome resellers have contributed to significant channel growth over the past year. Over 5,000 Mozy resellers are now protecting their customers’ data with trusted MozyPro Online Backup.

Get more information about the Mozy Reseller Program here: http://partners.mozy.com.

Frightful Computer Haiku Contest v 2.0

Two years ago, we laughed and we cried as we read through your submissions in our first edition of the “Frightful Computer Haiku Contest”. This year, we’re bringing the contest back. We want your scary computer related haikus! Comment on this post with your haiku to enter to win $50!

Mozy Frightful Haiku Halloween Contest

Need a refresher on how to create a haiku? It’s simple. Line one is five syllables, line two is seven syllables, and line three is five syllables. If you need to, you can make sure your haiku has the right arrangement of syllables using haikuchecker.com.

Here is an example:

My awesome laptop
Had no chance in a fight with
My neighbor’s dumb cat

We’ll choose our four favorites, and here are the prizes you could win:

  • Grand prize: $50 Amazon.com gift card
  • Three runners up will receive $25 Amazon.com gift cards.
  • The winning haikus will also be featured on our Facebook page and Twitter account.

To enter: Simply comment on your 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. 26, 11:59 PM MDT. Winners will be announced on Monday, Oct. 29.

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

Life in the Cloud

Be sure to enter to win a 1-year free MozyHome account by leaving a comment on this post, telling us how you use the cloud!

These days data is always available to us, never no more than a click or a tap away. Cloud computing is quickly becoming a mainstream part of everyday life, and we find ourselves banking, updating Facebook from our phones, sending emails from taxis, and backing up our data — all because of “the cloud”.

We’ve talked about this all-knowing cloud before, reviewing how to make your important information available to you online, how you can use cloud backup to customize your Android phone, how the cloud is helping accountants, and even how the cloud is relaxing concerns about when employees are arriving or leaving the office.

So, what is cloud computing? Let’s take a look.

Life in the Cloud

(This image was grabbed from our “Life in the Cloud” infographic)

There are quite a few cloud computing companies that play a major role in our every day lives, including Google, Facebook, Pandora, Netflix, and Twitter. Each of these companies stores a variety of different information in the cloud, including some information about you.

Where do these companies store all of this information?

Cloud computing companies store users’ information in giant storage centers called “Data Centers“. Data centers contain row after row of servers filled with hard drives with your data on them.

Data Centers

(This image was grabbed from our “Where Oh Where is the World’s Data Being Stored?” infographic)

These data centers are secured with various types of security (both physical and technological), to ensure that your information can’t be access by someone coming into the data center, either in person or via the web.

Because your information is stored in the data center, you can access it using any device that has the ability to connect to it (your laptop, your iPad, or your Mom’s typewriter. Ok, just kidding on the last one.)

I want to get in the cloud!

So, have you decided it’s definitely time to upgrade and enter the cloud?

If you’re still holding out and you need more convincing, here’s a recent post on 5 more signs that it’s time to upgrade and enter the cloud (and yes mixtapes do make the list).

If you’re ready to join the digital age, want to help you on this exciting journey. Trusting your family pictures and your tax documents to a someone you don’t know well can be an unnerving experience. We’ve put together some guides to help you make sure you’re considering all the factors when choosing a cloud backup vendor.

After reviewing these posts, you’ll feel much more confident in evaluating and choosing someone to trust with your important data.

Mozy has made it very easy to access your files (whether backed up OR synced) via your computer, your mobile device, or a web browser on a friend’s computer. Currently backing up over 90 petabytes (What’s a petabyte?) of data for over 3,000,000 home users and 80,000 business, Mozy is the leader in cloud backup and storage. We’re big fans of the cloud and the amazing things it lets us do. We’ve put together this guide to help you learn more about cloud computing and what it can do for you. We promise that once you’ve tried it, you’ll never go back. We hope you’ll consider the online backup leader for all your cloud storage needs.

Enter to win a 1-year free MozyHome account by leaving a comment on this post, telling us how you use the cloud! (Comments must be submitted by 9/28/12, winner will be emailed.)

September is National Preparedness Month

The concept of being prepared is a bit like insurance – it doesn’t really matter and you don’t really need it until something bad happens. Because it’s not always an urgent need, it’s easy to forget about it.

MozyHome customer Beth Lutz found this out when her home caught on fire and she lost valuable family pictures:

“It’s easy to imagine the impact of a disaster on the physical items in your home or business, but we often overlook the value of what’s stored on our computers, servers, and tablets,” said Dave Robinson, VP of Marketing at Mozy. “The irreplaceable photos, videos, financial documents, and business files on your laptops and servers are just as susceptible to fire and water damage as the furniture, printers, and file cabinets. Both are important and need to be protected.”

Mozy recommends a few simple steps to make sure your digital assets are protected:

  • Store copies of important physical documents in a safe place locally as well as offsite.
  • Sign up for an online backup service – to protect everything important on your computer.
  • Make sure your antivirus software is up to date.
  • Consider investing in an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) if your area is prone to power surges or failures.
  • Scan important physical documents so you have a digital copy as well.
  • Keep a hard copy list of your important passwords, and consider using a password manager program.

Disaster can strike businesses, too. Pelindaba Lavendar farm in the San Juan Islands lost their building to a fire:

No matter the emergency, September is an ideal time to get started with your preparation. A good place to start is the FEMA checklist found at www.ready.gov. Mozy’s secure online backup offers you peace of mind, knowing that your files are protected in the case of a disaster.

 

Mozy Celebrates National Small Business Week

Mozy Celebrates Small Business WeekAccording to a recent survey  we conducted, over 90% of entrepreneurs and small business owners feel cloud-based backup could help their business the world’s most trusted provider of data protection and availability for consumers and businesses. The survey revealed that a mere 15% of small companies actually use online backup to protect their business.

Approximately two-thirds of the businesses surveyed do have some form of backup, but most of these onsite methods, such as tape or DVDs, are antiquated and susceptible to failure in the event of an on-site disaster. Other studies have shown that companies that lose their data often go out of business. Many traditional backup methods cost up to 80% more than a cloud backup solution like Mozy.

This week, Mozy is celebrating National Small Business Week by reminding small businesses everywhere that there’s never a better time to back up online than now – to protect their business with an affordable online backup solution.

Small businesses are a major driving force behind the current U.S. economic recovery, and more small businesses are using cloud services to be more efficient, save money, and offer better service to their customers. Mozy is honoring small businesses in the U.S. by offering 10% off MozyPro® if they sign up for a one or two-year plan during National Small Business Week, May 20-26. (Use the promotion code mozySMB.)

“At Mozy, we celebrate small businesses every day,” said Russ Stockdale, General Manager of Mozy. “We hear story after story of businesses who were saved thanks to online backup, and feel fortunate to be helping many of them reduce the time and money spent on IT, allowing them to focus on their business operations and growth.”

With millions of users, including more than 80,000 businesses, Mozy celebrates a few of its valued business customers who have use MozyPro to help their company grow:

Bone-a-Fide Dog Ranch. Lauren Rick learned from experience that hard drive failures lead to data loss. Because of this, when she took over as owner of a dog care business she turned to MozyPro to protect her data. Watch Bone-a-Fide Dog Ranch’s story.

Pelindaba Lavender, a farm in the San Juan Islands, WA, had a fire in May 2009 that destroyed everything, including the company’s building, servers and business data. Luckily owner Stephen Robins was prepared with MozyPro and quickly rebuilt his business. Watch Pelindaba Lavender’s story.

PC911 is an eco-conscious computer business based in Las Vegas. They use retired ambulances that run on waste vegetable oil to visit customers to help “heal” their “sick” computers. Owner Chad Stone prescribes that all his business customers use Mozy. It’s one thing that is not negotiable with PC911’s service. Watch PC 911′s story.

Advance Insurance dealt with a burglary in its Las Vegas headquarters that could have ruined its business. A computer with valuable data was stolen. Thankfully, the company was using MozyPro to back up and so was able to easily restore the data and get back up and running. Watch Advance Insurance’s story.

National Small Business Week allows us to recognize the contributions small businesses are making every day – from the entrepreneurs who built the businesses, to the employees that make them go.