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“The Secret Origins of Stash”

Last week, I presented about the results-so-far of the Stash public beta at our bi-weekly Mozy-internal all-hands presentation. As part of it, my buddies in Marketing armed me with the new Stash t-shirt. It looks a little like this:

Mozy Stash

Within a couple hours, a friend and former Mozy colleague contacted me via Twitter asking:

@reverendted Hey, I really want a stash shirt. What do I need to do to get one?

To which I replied:

@tommetge Ask.

To which Tom replied:

@reverendted I am definitely asking. Maybe pleading. Does that work?

How could I say no? Tom was instrumental to making Stash happen. In fact, Tom’s latest blog post provides insight into The secret history of Mozy Stash. Tom sports his Stash shirt for the occasion.

Maybe you’re wondering the same thing that Tom originally came to me about. If so, then here’s a hint: we send an occasional shirt out to some of the Stash beta participants who are most active in the Stash forum.

Be Safe, and happy Stashing,


2011 – A Mozy Year in Review

As 2011 draws to a close, we pause to take a moment to review some of the biggest Mozy news of 2011. Here are the things we’re the most excited about:


With the Mozy mobile apps, you now have access to your data on the go. Whether you’re on an iOS or an Android device, your backed up files (and the files in your Stash) are only a few taps away. The most recent update allows users to utilize personal key encryption for added protection.

Both MozyHome and MozyPro customers can now utilize the mobile app, and MozyPro admins have complete control over which users can access their device on their mobile device.

Get Mozy mobile apps for iOS and Android devices.


Participants in this year’s private beta for Mozy Stash have been able to get hands-on experience with Mozy’s latest innovation in data backup and storage. Stash, Mozy’s file syncing feature, allows users to sync files between multiple computers or devices quickly and easily.

Stash extends the availability of your files even more – even if a file isn’t being backed up on your computer you can access via Stash.

Interested in joining the Mozy Stash private beta? Get started here.

Data Shuttle

In late 2011, Mozy announced the Mozy Data Shuttle, along with major enhancements to the MozyPro service, allowing for much better server performance.

Customers using the Data Shuttle are able to perform their initial backup to a Mozy provided hard drive, which is then overnighted back to Mozy, greatly reducing the amount of time needed to complete the first backup. With the Data Shuttle, the days (and weeks) of waiting for your first backup to complete are history.

Learn more about the Mozy Data Shuttle.

As we move into 2012 we look forward to continuing the evolution of the Mozy experience that customers have valued for years.  We’ll be broadening the beta—and ultimately releasing—the Stash sync functionality.  This will be a key cornerstone on which we plan to build additional features in 2012.  In addition, we plan to add additional enhancements to MozyPro to make it easier to deploy and operate for our larger customers while at the same time adding additional enhancements for the mid-size and smaller businesses.  Our plans are to make it a more complete solution for the full range of customer backup needs while expanding how people access and use the data that they are mirroring in the cloud.  We look forward to an exciting year ahead of bringing additional value to our customers.

Mozy’s Christmas Gift Ideas 2011

It’s that time of year again! People around the world are struggling with what to buy for that certain family member or friend. In a time-honored tradition, we skipped the guessing part and went straight to the source–we asked people what they wanted!

Here are some of our favorite responses, as well as a few of our own gift-giving recommendations. Let the gift-giving begin!

Here’s the list:

@ramkumarh: ”kindle fire”

We’ll start with an easy one. The heralded Amazon Kindle Fire Tablet (starts at $199.99 – is a new player on the tablet market, running a modified version of the Android operating system. Amazon is expecting to ship 3.9 million units in the last few months of this year, and the buzz has catapulted the Fire into the running for hottest gift of the year. If you haven’t made the plunge with an iPad or a Galaxy Tab, this could be an interesting alternative to consider.

BTW… Yes, you can download the Mozy app onto your Kindle Fire from the Amazon App store.

@juanjosaurio: “some baby-proof gadget with some cat-repellant-cables and a wife-approving price”

We couldn’t do this all in one (please let us know if you can), but here’s how we’d combine!

Button Shield ($8.99 at Toys R Us) – to keep little fingers away from TV buttons, a Cord Concealer ($19.99 at Amazon) to keep those pesky cats away from the cables connecting your TV to your brand new Roku (starting at $49.95 – A setup like this is a great way to keep your gadgets safe from babies and cats, and enjoy Netflix and other online entertainment in HD directly on your TV! Seriously though, let us know how it goes.

@sillytweet55 and @cbebop both said they were in the market for a new laptop. Specifications required: a big hard drive. This Asus Laptop ($799.99) comes with a 750 GB hard drive – enough space to store quite a few movies and pictures. It also features a 14 inch display, 8 GB of RAM, and up to 7 hours and 44 minutes of battery life per charge. Feast your eyes here.

@ItsMeRoryYT: “an Apple Mac…”

Well you sure can’t go wrong with an Apple. The Mac Mini ($599.99) is a favorite, and we love it for its flexibility – best hooked to a TV!  Start your shopping here.

@pshearduk: “a stormtrooper outfit please Santa”

This suit on Amazon is quite pricy at $899.99, but the reviews were much more positive than the $40 version. If you get this for Christmas, Paul, you’re very lucky. Make sure to keep an eye out for Wookies.

The Mozy Team Recommends:


This little printer actually isn’t out yet, but if you don’t mind giving a (very) late gift, this would be a lot of fun for the smart phone owners you’re buying for. The Little Printer ($TBA) from BergCloud will print out receipt-size printouts from a smart phone app. RSS feeds, Sudoku games, contact information, upcoming appointments from your calendar, all nicely formatted and easy to use as a bookmark, fold up and keep in your pocket, or proudly display on the fridge. It looks much cooler than it sounds – check out the video on their site, you’ll be glad you did.

Calling all music lovers! Online options are endless, but we’re still big fans of Pandora ($36). In our opinion, it’s still the best service for new music discovery, and the recent update to the look and functionality have kept things fresh and interesting. Get a 1-year subscription and the lucky recipient will be able to enjoy music ad-free and other advanced functionality, such as a desktop player.

The Book of Secrets ($5.99) It’s amazing. We can’t tell you what’s in this book (because it’s full of secrets), but anyone would be thrilled to unwrap this on Christmas morning. Added perk: you can be honest when they ask you what you got them. You can say, “It’s a secret!”


Have a fashionista on your list? Someone who won’t be caught in anything but the latest designer names? Make sure to check out our Mozy Online Backup Store ($24.99 and up). Classics like the “Mozy Saved My Bacon” and the “Back the F:\ Up” t-shirts are perennial favorites this time of year, and options can be found for everyone from babies on up.


If you haven’t spent an afternoon at your desk playing with BuckyBalls Magnetic Building Spheres ($24.99 and up), you’re missing out. These amazingly versatile little toys can make a slow afternoon fly by. Arrange and connect them in any shape (2D or 3D) you can imagine, and hang them from a shelf or display them prominently on your desk so your co-workers can admire your handy work.

You know what the problem is with ping pong? You have to find a table, and two paddles, and a ball. Not exactly stuff you can fit in your wallet or purse. However, someone has solved this problem! The Pongo Instant Ping Pong Set ($39.99) allows you to set up a ping pong game anywhere you have space – a countertop, the floor, a table, a bench, a mountain top – now you can pong away anywhere your heart desires.


You knew bacon was going to make an appearance somewhere on this list, right? But, we bet you didn’t guess that it would be Tactical Bacon We can’t make this stuff up. This delicious canned bacon will last up to 10 years, and has approximately 18 servings. Sounds like a premium stocking stuffer to us.

Mozy is all about preparedness, so what would this list be without a Roadwise Emergency Kit ($36.95)? Contains matches, toilet paper, survival whistle, first aid kit, water, and so much more. This is a gift that says, “I really hope you don’t get in an accident in the middle of nowhere, but if you do – we’re thinking of you!” Packaged in a nice red backpack, this is a very useful gift that can easily be stored in your trunk and could come in very handy.

There you have it – our 2011 Christmas gift recommendations. Happy shopping, and don’t forget to check back next year for our new and improved 2012 list!

The Mozy Cloud Security Team

Learn more about our Cloud Security Team here at Mozy, a major part of our efforts to keep your data safe and secure.

Q: Can you tell me about the Mozy Cloud Security team?

A: The Cloud Security team at Mozy consists of 5 members with a combined 75 years of information security experience. We have a lot of fun at Mozy, but when it comes to securing our customers’ data, we’re dead serious. We hold ourselves to the highest standards in providing the safest, most reliable online backup service on the planet. The team is comprised of security experts from a variety of information security backgrounds with the common goal of keeping our customer data secure. This goal has been a driving force behind building Mozy’s Cloud Security program to where it is today.

Q: What is the role of the Cloud Security team at Mozy? 

A: It’s our job to ensure security of our customers’ data. As technology and threat vectors continue to change and evolve, so must the team. The Mozy Security team provides training, thought leadership and consulting to the rest of the organization. We’re constantly making incremental changes to improve the security footprint.

Q:  What audits, certifications, or other security measures has Mozy achieved?

A: Mozy applies a risk-based methodology to its Security program. A SOC 1 SSAE 16 Type II audit (formerly called a SAS 70 Type II audit) is performed on an annual basis as well as surveillance audits between ISO 27001 certifications. We’re proud of the fact that Mozy is the first online backup vendor to achieve ISO 27001 certification.

Q: Can we expect future blog posts from the Mozy Cloud Security team?

A: Definitely!

For more information about Mozy’s security, click here.

Mozy Mobile and the Mashable Awards

Have you found a use for your Mozy mobile app recently? From viewing backed up documents and spreadsheets on my iPhone, to syncing pictures between my phone and computer with the new Stash beta, the app is quickly becoming one of the most used on my phone.

All of the features packed in to this app make it a must-have for every Mozy customer. And the recent release of version 1.2 of the app for iOS devices even allows for the use of personal encryption keys, keeping the data on your phone that much more safe. (Don’t worry Android users – an Android version with the same capability is right around the corner!)

On top of all that, Mozy’s mobile app is in the running for two awards in the 5th Annual Mashable Awards.

The awards are partially determined by fan vote, and we need your vote! You can nominate Mozy for each award once a day between Oct. 11 and Nov. 18.

Click on the buttons below to vote – you’ll be sent to the Mashable site to finish the process.

Nominate Mozy for the “Best Branded Mobile App”:

Nominate Mozy for the “Most Useful Mobile App:”

Don’t yet have the Mozy app on your phone? Get started here:

About the Mashable Awards:

“The Mashable Awards is a community-nominated voting program that recognizes the companies, people and projects that made the biggest impact on the digital landscape this year. Millions of votes will be cast in 28 categories such as Best New Gadget, Most Social TV Show and Must-Follow Brand on Social Media.”

Recipe For A Great Mozy Employee

In order to make the perfect Mozy employee, there are a few key ingredients that are required. The finished recipe is perfect for an award-winning workplace ensemble, with satisfaction guaranteed:

1.     3 quarts of Execution – This brings out the favorable taste of design, development and delivery
2.     2 cups of Quality – This adds a perfect feel of professionalism, excellence, and customer focus.
3.     1/2 lb. Work Hard Play Hard Attitude – enough said.
4.     2 tablespoons of Innovation – This adds a necessary guilt-free sense of pride to the mix.
5.     A pinch of Awesomeness – Although it’s just a pinch, expect huge results.
6.     8 ounces of Teamwork – The heart of the recipe (adds a twist to the taste).
7.     A dash of Fearlessness – This plays a major role in the texture.
8.     4 teaspoons of Leadership – Gives the highly driven and respected look to the recipe.
9.     A sprinkle of Rock Band ability – The overall outcome will be very bland without this ingredient.

Mix together and chill.

If this sounds like you, come work with us! Mozy was featured as one of Utah’s Best Companies to Work For by Utah Business Magazine in both 2009 and 2010, and we offer competitive salaries and great benefits.

Mozy has immediate opportunities for:
·         Principle Software Engineer
·         Senior Software Engineer
·         Software Engineer
·         Senior Technical Analyst
·         Senior Software QA Engineer
·         QA Engineer
·         Systems Administration
·         Financial Analyst
·         Helpdesk Support Specialist

To learn more, go to

A Very Mozy Halloween

Here at Mozy we support scary, as long as it doesn’t involve data loss. So in honor of Halloween – the scariest of holidays – every year we have a company pumpkin-carving contest. This year’s entries were pretty awesome, so without further ado, here are this year’s scary Mozy pumpkins:

Getting To The Top

Vance at the summit with our Decho flag.On Wednesday, June 3rd at approximately 3pm I was standing on the highest point in North America—the summit of Mt. McKinley in Alaska. It was one of the most challenging and yet most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had. As COO of Mozy, I was supported off the mountain by family, friends, and co-workers to whom I am immensely grateful. I was supported on the mountain by lead guide John Race and his two assistants . They helped keep me alive and healthy for the ascent, the summit, and the descent. I carried Mozy and Decho banners with me, along with one for my plane crash survivor sister-in-law and much better blogger, Stephanie Nielson . As I reflect on the experience, there are two things I want to share with the world and customers of Mozy and Decho in particular:

  1. The importance of focus
  2. Execution, execution, execution

One of the reasons I loved my Denali adventure was because it forced me to focus. Breathe, step carefully, watch the rope, wiggle my fingers and toes to keep them warm, breathe some more, step up again carefully, and so on. I wanted to stay alive and get to the summit. There were few other things to worry about that didn’t lie directly in the path of my ultimate objective. I love that kind of focus.

Even with all the focus in the world, if you can’t execute you’ll be stuck at base camp, or in Talkeetna, or worse…on your couch. Putting all the pieces together and “making it happen” in pursuit of the goal you’re focused on requires a lot of skill and even more dogged determination.

I am happy to work somewhere that has a sharp focus and the discipline to execute accordingly. We already make the world’s best online backup software, and that is just the beginning. Join me in the figurative “clouds” of the adventure that is Decho. We’re on our way to the summit!

-Vance Checketts, Mozy COO