On this important day when millions of people across the globe gather together for Earth Day, I sit at my desk and look at the scanner I picked up a few weeks ago. I think about the continuing trend where more of us are trading our filing cabinets for scanners, where old shoe boxes of photos have found their way on our computers )and sometimes on our wall on Facebook). In our own small way, we work together to protect the environment by digitizing our information and recycling the original copies.
As we move to a digital world where our documents, music, photos, video and personal information is digitized, we reduce our waste and environmental footprint. Unfortunately, all that information can be lost in an instant if our hard drive crashes or if a drink gets spilled on our computers. Just yesterday I received an e-mail from Mark Fuerst who lives in Brooklyn, New York. He told me he accidentally erased his records of his earnings from last year while preparing for this year’s taxes. Within a few minutes, he recovered all his information through his Mozy account. He said both he and his accountant are “eternally grateful.”
So whether you’re backing up online with Mozy or backing up to an external hard drive with an Iomega device, we encourage you to keep your data safe and keep being green.
- Devin Knighton
Just one month after Snow Leopard’s release, we’ve learned that just over 30 percent of our Mac users are running Snow Leopard. This puts our adoption rate right along with the adoption rates reported by The Omni Group (27.5%) and Adium (28.43%). Although these don’t represent the entire Mac community, they do give a general idea of how many people are migrating to Snow Leopard.
The idea to look at our customer’s adoption of Snow Leopard came from Daring Fireball and Macworld. Both collected similar data for their sites. We find it significant that our adoption rate puts the Mozy service closer to the mainstream Mac audience. By bringing the first unlimited online backup service to the Mac, Mozy has been embraced by more than just early adopters and techies. Mac users from different geographies and age groups are gathering more and more irreplaceable digital content they can’t risk losing, and they’re backing that data up with Mozy. In fact, we currently back up over 15 petabytes of data.
Our engineers were so excited about the new operating system that they had Mozy ready to support Snow Leopard before it was officially released. With Snow Leopard, Mozy can run faster and use less memory, meaning a quicker and more enjoyable backup experience for our users.
Here is a chart to show Snow Leopard’s adoption among our Mozy for Mac users. Enjoy!
From time to time, we hear from customers with hundreds of gigabytes of data who complain about the length of time it takes to complete their initial backup. We realize that it can be painful to get all your data backed up for the first time, and we’re constantly working to alleviate that pain, including optimizing bandwidth distribution for blazing backup speeds.
However, a customer may still face limitations from his or her own Internet service provider. The problem is that providers often compete with one another by providing faster and faster download speeds, but they don’t often provide faster upload speeds. As a result, initially backing up hundreds of gigabytes online can take quite a bit of time.
The good news is twofold. First, if Mozy is interrupted in the middle of a long backup, it will automatically pick up where it left off the next time it resumes. So don’t worry if you have to restart your desktop, or you need to close your laptop. Second, once the initial backup is complete, the subsequent backups run much faster because Mozy backs up only the incremental changes to the files or folders. In addition, if you’re worried about a long backup taking up all your system resources, Mozy provides customers with bandwidth throttling and scheduling options, so customers can control how many resources Mozy consumes and when.
While backing up hundreds of gigabytes takes some patience, the benefit of having automatic, secure off-site protection is worth it. And now with our new bandwidth optimization, you can get through that first initial backup faster than ever before.
We store a lot of data here at Mozy (15+ petabytes, in fact), but how much is that really? We put together this series of stats to help you understand just how much data that really is. Enjoy! (Update: since this infographic was originally published, Mozy has grown to store more than 90 petabytes. We’ve also put together a new interactive infographic that takes a fresh look at the petabyte. Check it out!)