Is your cloud backup enterprise-ready?

Is Your Cloud Backup Enterprise-ready?A new IDC White Paper, sponsored by Mozy, highlights the risks and challenges that enterprises face if they fail to carefully evaluate vendors before selecting a partner for cloud backup and access.

“There has been an explosion in the number of vendors offering backup services and, while some of these have been designed to meet the needs of large businesses, others are designed with SMBs, consumers or individuals in mind,” said Laura DuBois, Program Vice President, Storage at IDC. “Enterprises that fail to dig beneath the surface with a given solution could find themselves risking their data in unsuitable environments or having the rug pulled out from under them by a provider that doesn’t stay the distance.”

The new IDC White Paper, entitled “Entitled Key Criteria in Selecting a Cloud Backup Provider Built to Last”, offers a checklist for business to use in their selection processes. The document also offers an overview of industry trends and information.

The IDC White Paper’s hotlist of cloud backup “must haves” for enterprises includes:

  • Financial stability
  • Proven infrastructure
  • Established enterprise customer base
  • Geographically distributed data centers
  • Third-party validation and accreditation
  • SLA terms and execution
  • Robust encryption
  • Centralized management

“As more enterprises begin investing in a cloud backup provider, the trust placed in that provider to offer a solution that’s truly enterprise-ready becomes all the more critical,” said Dave Robinson, Mozy’s VP of Marketing. “That’s why we wanted to provide organizations with the information and thought-leadership of IDC in both learning how a cloud provider can help them and how to decide where to place that trust.”

To find out more about these topics and the key questions to ask a cloud backup provider, get a copy of the full IDC White Paper.

What’s in a Meme?

Memes on the Internet are like puddles on the sidewalk after a rainy day – if you don’t look where you’re going, you’ll step right in one before you know it. So what is a “meme”, exactly? And how do you pronounce it? What goes into a successful meme (and how long has humanity been… “meme-ing”?) Our latest infographic takes a look at this technology phenomenon that has grown up with the digital generation. So sit back, relax, grab a cheeseburger and peruse the important Internet history of laughing cats, dancing baby emails, and first world problems.

What's in a Meme?

 

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Technically Speaking: Stories of the Week – June 4

Each week we scour the internet to find the best stories on technology, digital living and news of note. This week features a mask with super powers, the start of 5G technology, and a flying car. All that and more in this edition of Mozy’s Technically Speaking.

Travel Like the Jetsons: Flying Cars Are Only a Few Years Away

Flying Car

In about eight years, sitting in traffic on the roadway could be a thing of the past. That’s because a thing of the future, flying cars, is looking like a reality, according to Chris Taylor of Mashable. The Massachusetts company Terrafugia is working on a full-on futuristic flying car, the TF-X, which it expects to start selling in the early 2020s. It’s being called a cross between a helicopter, plane, and self-driving car. For the most part,the TF-X will be a self-driving vehicle, using a system like autopilot works on a plane. The company predicts that learning to operate one will take as little as five hours of training.Right now no cost has been announced, but Terrafugia has hinted that it will pre-sell models to a select few customers in 2015 for $270,000. Is it worth that much to beat the traffic?

Does Facebook Make It Harder to Move on From Past Relationships?

Breaking up is hard to do–but with Facebook it’s even harder. Changing a Facebook status from “in a relationship” to “single” is an extremely painful process for manybroken-hearted people, says Chris Matyszczyk of CNET. A University of California Santa Cruz study found that Facebook users had difficulty deleting their digital memories. Half of those surveyed for the study said they immediately get rid of all signs of their exes (photos, posts, etc.), but they end up regretting it later. A third of those surveyed said they can’t bring themselves to delete the photos at all–hoping to cling to any memories they have.

Samsung’s New 5G Technology Would Be Several-Hundred Times Faster than 4G

Samsung announced this week that it has developed the blueprint for 5G mobile communications technology. Dave Thier of Forbes says that the company is saying that 5G would be so fast that movies could be downloaded in mere seconds. According to Samsung’s announcement, the new technology ”will allow users to transmit massive data files including high quality digital movies practically without limitation. As a result, subscribers will be able to enjoy a wide range of services such as 3D movies and games, real-time streaming of ultra high-definition (UHD) content, and remote medical services.” If this 5G technology materializes, it could be powerful enough to take over all wireless Internet connections, causing some concern for cable companies and Internet service providers alike.

High-Tech Mask and Helmet System Allows You to Adjust Your Senses

Edios Mask

It’s users may look a lot like Bane from the latest Batman movie, but a new mask and helmet combo created by the group Eidos offers up some really unique features. James Plafke of Extreme Tech reports that the device allows its users to manually adjust their sight and hearing on the fly, changing the two senses based on specific environments and circumstances. At a sporting event a user could turn the volume up or down; change the view to closer up or farther away. At a convention it could be used to hear a presenter from the back of a crowd. The device is put on by placing it over each ear, and wrapping across the lower half of the face, including the mouth and nose.

 

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My name is Todd and I work for Mozy

In the past few months, we’ve introduced you to some of our amazing team members who dedicate their skills and talents that make Mozy an amazing company. This month we would like to introduce you to Todd Esplin, one of our very talented product managers. Todd is based out of Pleasant Grove, Utah offices and has provided tremendous insight and direction to making our competitive offerings world-class.

My name is Todd and I work at Mozy

I define my workspace as …
Doing product strategy, management, and development to build competitive products, roadmaps and features.

A device I can’t live without …
iPhone (yes, still) but a whiteboard is a close second.

When I arrive at work, I typically start off by …
Meeting with a project team or business team to report out on active initiatives or plan new ones.

My work routine is …
Active. We’ve adopted an agile process for getting things done. So, at the beginning of each week I write down on 3×5 cards what I want to get done for the week, prioritize them and decide how long each will take to get done. Then, each day I review the list with my team and move the cards through their progression. I leave additional time for routine things like email and meetings. During the day, I spend a lot of time writing down ideas about our products and features and then talking to others about the ideas.

I do/do not listen to music at work and it helps me work better because …
I listen to music when I need to write and really concentrate. . We were work in an open environment and I get easily distracted by interesting conversations and . . . well, birds flying past my window, so music helps me block out many distractions. I usually listen to classical music while I’m writing – it also prevents me from singing out loud which apparently my colleagues find harmful (I think they are just jealous).

The best advice I can give a recent college graduate looking to do what I do is …
Get a good technical education, couple that with a business education and top it off with compassion for those who buy and use your products. Customers may not always be able to tell you what they want but they can definitely tell you when they don’t like what you give them and you need to listen, ask good questions, and use their feedback to make the product better.

Outside of work, I am passionate about …

  • My family. I have a great wife and four cool kids. We are in the mix of it all right now – high school, middle school, and elementary. Boys, girls, a dog, and a bearded dragon. Music lessons, sports teams, family vacations. It’s not always easy but it’s awesome. My wife and I love to go to movies and find great places to eat.
  • Learning. I read a lot whenever possible through all types of tools (real books, digital books, magazines, web). Current topics include: architecture, sports, psychology, mysteries, and adventure fantasies. I love reading books to my kids.
  • Sports. I’ve run a couple of marathons and relay races. I love to play golf with my dad, brothers, and kids.

My eating habits are …
Quirky. Because of my awesome body, I get to eat six times a day in order to keep things, um … right. I love breakfast (lots of fiber) and occasionally some protein. I like most types of food with a heavier emphasis on Mexican, Thai, and Italian. Oh yes, I do love a good hamburger too.

If I could be someone for a day – I would be …
A grand prix driver. While there are many people and professions to choose from, but a professional driver would be a rush. I love cars, speed, and endurance and it would be so fun to feel the power and adrenaline of driving fast and technically maneuvering around a track.

The “secret sauce” that makes me who I am …
Hmmm . . . I guess it’s that I really want people to be happy and fulfilled. If they are buying something from me, then I want them to love it and get value out of it. If I’m going to lunch with someone, I want them to enjoy themselves. If I’m running a project, then I want the team to feel like they are engaged – developing themselves and improving and having fun.

This isn’t Todd’s first appearance on the Mozy blog. In fact, you can see him in action in this post about MozyEnterprise.

Could Voxer Be the Future of All Mobile Communication?

If you’re young and American, you’re likely already answering texts more often than phone calls. According to Jeffrey Kluger of Time, “Americans ages 18-29 send and receive an average of nearly 88 text messages per day, compared to 17 phone calls.” Silicon Valley startup Voxer is betting that it knows how people will want to communicate in the future…

The app does not currently include a conventional call function, it does utilize a PTT (push to talk/transmit) technology–which is essentially a “walkie talkie” or “talking text” feature. Voxer’s reasoning is that users would rather not receive so many phone calls.

“We believe there’s a time and a place for every form of communication–but every form of communication also has its drawbacks,” said Nicole Strada, the Director of Marketing at Voxer. “Everyone knows how annoying it is to get called when they’re in the middle of an important meeting or conversation. If that happens they have two choices, pick up the phone and be rude to people in the room, or let it go to voice mail which people hate checking.”

Given the obtrusive nature of phone calls, Voxer perhaps addresses this by prompting users to listen to the message live, or just keep it for later. There’s no longer the guilt associated with screening calls, or the immediacy of taking a call either.

In addition to the PTT function, users can also send normal texts, photos, location messages, and even start conversations with groups of friends. But unlike most texting, which access your cellular carrier, Voxer can be accessed with a simple WiFi connection–and there’s no expensive roaming or international charges.

“We’ve heard stories of people from all over the world entering in a group chat through Voxer,” said Strada. “[This] allow[s] them to connect with their friends who are in other countries simply and easily because Voxer works on either 3G, 4G, or WiFi. [For instance], soldiers in Afghanistan are connecting with their family members stateside and college friends are reconnecting with past classmates scattered all over the world.”

Yet as interactive as Voxer appears to be for the average user, the app company is also actively looking to attract small, medium, and larger businesses to make the switch.

“Voxer Pro (the ‘business account’ version of the app) works on iOS and Android phones, providing live and recorded voice, multimedia messaging, location stamps, and administrative control,” said Strada. “[The] unique admin portal [...] makes it easier for businesses to keep control of who is using their system, [and] to communicate with employees or customers. [...] Other PTT solutions only work in limited geographical areas, and as WiFi and data networks become more ubiquitous this will improve Voxer Pro accessibility even more.”

It’s a far easier sell for the average user to integrate Voxer into their daily communication routine, but attracting businesses will certainly present the larger hurdle. Even though Voxer has “considered” adding a VoIP feature into the fold, the app company is content with how they’ve currently presented a new, more creative way to interact with friends, employees, and even prospective clients.

Voxer is a free app that can be downloaded in the iTunes Store or Google Play Store.

 

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Technically Speaking: Stories of the Week – May 28

Each week we scour the internet to find the best stories on technology, digital living and news of note. This week features a shirt that cleans itself, a bigger Kindle Fire, and a keyboard for people prone to spilling drinks. All that and more in this edition of Mozy’s Technically Speaking.

How to Build a Movie Theater in Your Backyard Without Going Broke

Open Air Cinema

With the warmer weather rolling around, wouldn’t it be nice to have an open-air movie theater in the backyard? The idea seems a little far-fetched for those without deep pockets, but with the right hardware it’s probably less expensive than many people would think. Rick Broida of CNET explains how an outdoor cinema can be created for about $1000. Components needed for the setups include a projector (approximately $700), a blue-ray player ($40-$50), a screen (around $170), and a sound system (around $200). Many of the items can be found for less (especially if purchased used or refurbished ones) and some can even be built.

New Kindle Fire will Have 10-Inch Screen

Amazon is preparing a new Kindle Fire that will be 10 inches, increasing more than an inch in size from last year’s 8.9 inch model, says Brandon Russell of TechnoBuffalo. Other features will include a 2,560 x 1,600 resolution screen, and an affordable price tag. The device is expected to help Amazon continue to compete in the tablet market with big guns like Apple and Nexus. Amazon also plans to release newer versions of its 7-inch and 8.9-inch models.

Logitech Creates iPad Keyboard Folio that Protects Against Spills

Attention spillers: Logitech has created a new keyboard folio that may protect your iPad from your clumsiness. Engadget reports that the company’s new FabricSkin model has a liquid-repellent coating.The Bluetooth keyboard also doesn’t have any openings, meaning no liquid can get inside. The product, which costs $149, is set to be released this month and can be pre-ordered on the Logitech website.

The World’s First Curved OLED Television is Here

LG1

LG has created the world’s first 55-inch OLED television which is designed to bring ”IMAX-like” experience, with the entire screen surface being equally distant from the viewer’s eyes. The television is currently available for pre-order in South Korea and should be available in other markets in “the months ahead”, according to Mashable’s Stan Schroeder The TV is 4.3 0.17 inches thin, and weights just over 37 pounds. It features LG’s WRGB and Color Refiner technologies, and its clear stand doubles as speakers due to its baked-in transparent film speakers. The current price in South Korea is 15 million KRW, roughly $13,500, but prices have yet to be announced for other markets.

Never Do Laundry Again; The Shirt that Cleans Itself

An entrepreneur has come up with a button-down shirt that never wrinkles and stays odor free–so it can be worn over and over without being washed. The “better button-down” is made of wool that’s three times thinned than a human hair, CNET reports. The founder claims that the thin wool makes the shirts extra resistant to moisture. So far on Kickstarter the shirt has been a huge success, as $290,000 has been raised in just over a week.

 

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New ‘Bondsy’ App Aims to Create Trade Marketplace / Social Network Hybrid

The Bondsy AppGrowing up, many people had hobbies focused on collecting, whether it was stickers, sports cards, pogs, or even Beanie Babies. But arguably the most important aspect of a hobby was the ability swing trades with friends. The objective, of course, was to acquire a coveted collectible– the thrill was in the hunt.

The new app Bondsy is the grown-up version of this. The iPhone app is a unique, user-friendly marketplace-meets-social -network that enables users to list unwanted items (e.g. a pair of pink headphones) to a trusted environment of interested people.

There doesn’t appear to be much competition either. Craigslist, the internet’s reigning place to quickly (and cheaply) pawn off unwanted goods, is often too seedy for even the most genuine transaction. And while Facebook’s “Marketplace” is certainly a more friendly online community, any “available items” status would inevitably get lost in the mix with the incessant influx of Buzz Feed links, funny cat videos, and ex-girlfriends’ tropical vacation photo albums.

The app itself is simple to use. To get started, a user just needs to snap a photo, write a caption, and add one or more price tags. Price tags are completely free form, allowing users to ask for whatever they might want (not just money). In addition, users can also set different price tags for friends, and even friends of friends.

But perhaps the most interesting feature of Bondsy is its “trade” option. While people can use Bondsy to sell items, the app encourages users to make a trade. To help facilitate this, users can create a list of “wanted” items as a potential return. This truly brings everyone’s childhood full circle in the mobile age.

Bondsy’s origin only adds to the genuine nature of the transaction-based social network. Diego Zambrano, the co-founder of Bondsy, accidentally came up with the app idea out of personal necessity.

“In 2007, I was moving from Brazil to New York and I didn’t want to bring anything with me. So when I decided to get rid of all my stuff, I had an insight. There were a lot of marketplaces out there, but I wanted to offer my things to my friends first. So, I came up with a hack.”

Zambrano used Flickr to upload photos of his unwanted items, and then emailed all his friends a link to it. However, instead of responding to his email, Zambrano noticed that people were directly commenting on the photos. At that moment, he knew he had created a new social experience.

The proud co-founder believes that Bondsy will be a success since users are naturally more comfortable transacting with friends, but also because there are more layers to the app than people think.

“You stumble upon things you might need and want, but didn’t know it. You can get to know more about your friends and their taste. It sparks conversations.”

 

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Technically Speaking: Stories of the Week – May 10

Each week we scour the internet to find the best stories on technology, digital living and news of note. This week features the tenth birthday of the iTunes store, pajamas that read to kids, and an app that keeps tabs on man’s best friend. All that and more in this edition of Mozy’s Technically Speaking.

iTunes Store Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary


It may not seem like it, but the iTunes store has now officially been around for 10 years. With iTunes, Apple forever changed the music industry, providing fans a way to legally access and own music online, says Megan Gibson of Time. In a time where many companies were trying to fight off illegal downloads, Apple developed an alternative that stuck around. This marked the birth of a digital music revolution, which later led to advancements and other services like Pandora and Spotify. iTunes continues to thrive 10 years later and there’s no sign of things slowing down anytime soon.

AT&T Launches App-Based Home Security System

AT&T has jumped into the home security market with its new “Digital Life” a wireless, personalized, app-based home security solution, according to eWeek. The solution allows users to remotely check in on their homes in real time, receive emails or texts alerting them to an issue, and remotely unlock or lock doors and windows. It’s an all-IP solution, running over AT&Ts 3G network. The company is offering several different packages ranging in price from $29.99 a month with a $149 setup fee to $39.99 with a $249 setup fee. There are also a variety of add-ons available. Digital Life is currently available in 15 markets and should be in 50 by the end of the year.

Is Your Dog Too Lazy? This New Tech Product Will Help You Find Out

A new product known as FitBark is a small device that attaches to a dog’s collar and keeps track of all activity, allowing owners to keep tabs on how active their pooch is. Emily Price of Mashable reports that data from the device is transferred to the cloud either through the owner’s smartphone, or a small “home base” station placed in the house. At the end of each day FitBark provides a “Bark Score” letting owners know how much exercise their dog got over the 24 hour period. The objective is to help make sure dogs stay active and healthy. It can also be useful when taking the dog to the vet because exact details can be given about recent lulls in activity.

Father of Six Invents Pajamas That Tell Stories to Children

Pajamas Read Books to Kids

Keeping one child entertained can be quite a task. Taking care of six? Now that’s quite a handful. Juan Murdoch, an Iowa father of six, has come up with the idea for smart, storytelling pajamas, reports Wilson Rothman of NBC News. There are 47 unique dot patterns on the pajamas, and each triggers a story or an animal lesson when scanned with a smartphone or tablet. There are free apps that go with the pajamas, one that has readings of Mother Goose, the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen classics; and a second that has pictures and information about 47 different animals. The inventor says he hopes to have at least three more apps out by Christmas. The pajamas can be purchased for $25 a piece.

 

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Mozy at EMC World 2013 Recap

Mozy had a great time in Las Vegas at EMC World 2013. We’re grateful to everyone who stopped by the booth to say hi, pick up some swag and talk cloud backup with us.

We also gave away hundreds of our famous “Back the F:\ Up” t-shirts, and had a lot of fun with our “Don’t Gamble With Your Data” social media contest as well.

Here’s a look at some of the highlights (via Twitter):

 

We’re already looking forward to EMC World 2014 – we’ll see you there!

My name is Tony and I work for Mozy

To continue our series “My name is ____ and I work for Mozy” – we’d like to introduce you to Tony Patrick, PR Manager-extraordinaire. Tony is based in our London, England offices and he is the shepherd of Mozy Public and Analyst Relations and social media for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Side note from author: I should warn you that since Tony is a sophisticated Englishman, he’ll have all kinds of spelling mistakes in his English ;) … needless to say, since Tony is one of my personal favorite people at Mozy, I have to grab at every chance to razz him!

My name is Tony and I work for Mozy

I define my workspace as …
A sophisticated city desk / A posh bus stop

A device I can’t live without …
A pen – I listen with my pen and think with it too

When I arrive at work, I typically start off by …
As the majority of the team is in a different time zone, I start the day with a full inbox. By the time I get to work, I’ve gone through everything on my iPhone, replied to anything quick and prioritised what needs urgent attention. I’ll also have gone through the major news stories for the day and worked out where we should be commenting. The first couple of hours in the day are all about actioning that – and drinking tea!

My work routine is …
I really don’t have one. In PR every day is different depending on what’s happening in the world and in our business.

I do/do not listen to music at work and it helps me work better because …
I’m more likely to be listening to the news than to music during the day. I start with BBC Breakfast and Daybreak for the TV agenda first thing in the morning and then spend an hour or so on each of the major radio stations during the day. I have to turn it off when I write though or stray words from the announcers can creep into what I’m writing.

The best advice I can give a recent college graduate looking to do what I do is …
1) Start early! Take as many work-experience placements as you can whilst you’re studying, it saves you time when you’re ready to start work properly.
2) Take as many opportunities to write as possible – try blogging on a favourite topic and get a feeling for what it’s like to write to a schedule.
3) Don’t send out boring CVs – this is your chance to demonstrate your creativity.

Outside of work, I am passionate about …
I got a new puppy about six months ago and a lot of my spare time is taken up either taking care of him or repairing the things that he’s broken. I also do voluntary work and exhibit an unhealthy interest in pop culture.

My eating habits are …
Bad!

If I could be someone for a day – I would be …
Tim Berners-Lee. When I bake something or build something for the house, I get a huge amount of satisfaction from thinking ‘I did that’. I think it would be incredible to be able to think the same thing about something as huge as the Internet.

The “secret sauce” that makes me who I am …
I call it ‘creative pragmatisim’. For good campaigns, you need to think creatively – but you have to keep your goals in mind and make sure that you’re supporting the business – and there’s no room for being precious.