Favorite Files in the Mozy iPhone App

Having just released the latest version of the Mozy app, we’re doing a series of blog posts covering some of the new features in the app. In our previous episode, we looked at the new My Mozy home page, and how the app now can remember multiple Mozy accounts for faster login.

Now let’s take a look at Favorites in the iPhone app. Okay, it’s also the iPad app. And, it’s also the iPod touch app. Well, technically speaking, since it supports all three, I guess it’s the iOS app. But our marketing peeps tell me that a lot of people don’t know the name iOS. So I always end up using all three names. Anyway, let’s get to the point…

You can view offline files on iOS devices by making the file a “favorite.” Start by downloading a file. Once it downloads, tap the star in the bottom right of the viewer to mark it as a favorite.

Mozy Mobile App

After doing so, the app will keep a copy of the file on your device so you can view it even without an Internet connection.

I should note one important thing about Favorites. This version of the app doesn’t automatically update your favorites. (We’re working on it!) So, if you have updated a “favorite” file from your computer and then back it up (or sync it with Stash), you might still see the old version on your iOS device when you view it while offline. If you view it when your iOS device does have an Internet connection, then the app will download the update.

In our next post, we’ll take a look at something similar for Android devices…like your Kindle Fire, Droid X, Galaxy Tablet, HTC Desire HD, and…oh, there I go again. I guess you get the point.

Until the next post, be safe,

–Ted
Mozy Product Management

What’s in the Latest Update of the Mozy App?

Mozy mobile appAlmost one year ago, Mozy debuted the Mozy app for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android mobile devices. The Mozy App puts all the files you protect with Mozy right at your fingertips.

Today, Mozy announces the mobile app’s fourth update. The iOS version (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) is available now, and the Android version will be available early next week. For this latest update, we dedicate a series of blog posts to covering some of the improvements we’ve made.
In this post, we look at how the app now supports multiple accounts, and the new “quick access” feature.

Simplified login for multiple accounts

Admittedly, we were a little surprised to find out that many people have use more than a single Mozy account. So this feature is for those of you who use MozyHome at home and MozyPro at work, or share your iPad with others in your family, or just prefer the extra sense of security that logging out provides.

To make switching between different Mozy accounts a little easier, the updated app now remembers the login name of the past five users. Now you can just type the first letter of your email account, and then select it. (Of course, you still have to enter your password!)

As an example here’s the login screen on my iPhone:

Mozy mobile app

Quick Access

The app’s “My Mozy” home screen has been completely redesigned to help you browse and find files by type. You now have Photos, Documents, Recent, Music and Videos all right at your fingertips. And, you can tap “All Files” to use the full file system browser you know from previous app versions.

Mozy mobile app     Mozy mobile app

Here’s a look at my Android screen after clicking Photos from the home screen:

Mozy mobile app

Over the next couple posts this week, we’ll take a look at the iOS-only Favorites feature, the Android-only Downloaded option, and something cool and new for Mozy Stash in the mobile app.

Until the next post, be safe,

–Ted
Mozy Product Management

Is backup alone enough?

Mozy Online BackupInteresting question, isn’t it? For years it seemed that a simple duplicate back up of your files was enough to provide peace of mind and opportunities for your company to succeed. However, in today’s mobile world, is backup enough?

Written by industry analyst firm IDC and sponsored by Mozy, a new white paper, entitled “Make Your Backups a Competitive Advantage for Greater Productivity” shows companies how to make backups more strategic, and how accessibility is the new name of the game in online storage.

According to the paper: “Service providers are leveraging backup services to enable higher levels of worker productivity to individuals, departments, and organizations. This increased productivity comes from providing functions pertaining to collaboration and data sharing, managing accessibility, reuse and leveraging the value of the data, and improvements in disaster recovery scenarios.”

Rather than just preserving data, businesses now need to understand and implement ways to make that data more accessible and easier to share. Backups of your company’s important information are still valuable, but the more businesses can empower employees to utilize and share that data, the more productive they will be.

An example of such a service that allows businesses to easily share this data is the recently launched public beta of Mozy Stash. Stash is feature that provides Mozy customers with a simple and secure way to keep their files current and available across multiple computers, smart phones and tablets. With Stash, current Mozy customers have access to a combination of Mozy’s industry-leading online backup with the ability to synchronize files across multiple computers and devices.

Working together, Mozy online backup and Stash ensure that all files are not only protected but are available to you from anywhere you have Stash installed, as well as on your iOS or Android device through the Mozy mobile app.

Make sure to download the full IDC white paper “Make Your Backups a Competitive Advantage for Greater Productivity.”

Android: Using Stash with the Mozy App

Although mobile support for Mozy Stash is currently in its infancy, the Mozy app for mobiles includes some early features supporting Stash.

This post focuses on Android, which is currently a little bit ahead of iOS in its Stash support. (If you have an iPad or iPhone, I encourage you to check out the post “iPhone + Stash = Awesomeness” in the Stash forums.) So, let’s take a look at what you can do with Stash from the Mozy app for Android.

Uploading Photos and Videos to Stash

If you have installed the Mozy app on your Android phone (or on a Galaxy tablet, or a Kindle Fire), you can send photos and videos directly to your Stash. When the upload completes, any computers you have linked to your Stash will then download the photo to a special folder in your Stash. (Currently, the folder is called “Mobile Sync,” but this will change in an upcoming update to the app.)

Here’s how you do it:

First, launch the Gallery app and select the photo (or video) you want to send to your Stash.

Then, click the Share button, highlighted in green in the above graphic.

Next, select Mozy from your list of available apps.

Finally, select Upload to send the photo to your Stash.

Note: Depending on your wireless data plan, you might want to reserve this for when you have a WiFi connection if you plan to do it often. Photos and videos can quickly chew into your mobile data plan.

Automatic Uploads

While the Mozy app on both Android and iOS support manual uploads, the Mozy app currently only offers “automatic upload” for Android. Automatic upload is a preference setting that causes your Android to automatically upload all photos and videos on your phone. It’s kind of like having Mozy online backup for your Android’s photos and videos. As with manually uploaded media, auto-uploaded media get download on any computers you have linked to your Stash.

Let’s take a look at how to enable it.

To enable automatic upload, launch the Mozy app and go into Preferences, then select Upload Settings.

You can select whether to auto-upload photos, videos, or both. Also important is the Only on WiFi setting. If you’re a serious shutterbug, or you enable automatic upload of videos, this setting ensures that your uploads don’t eat up your mobile data plan, which can be costly. When enabled, uploads won’t happen until your Android device has a WiFi connection. (Ten seconds of HD video on my HTC Desire creates a 5 megabyte file!)

Note: The auto-upload feature is that it’s currently in an early beta stage. Consequently, it may upload images from other applications. (My HTC Desire HD device uploads four images of buttons used in some other app.) We plan to improve this in an upcoming release.

That’s it for this Stash update, but since you’re still reading, you’re probably an avid fan of the Android platform. So, perhaps you will find this next section informative.

Android fun fact

The term “android” was originally coined in 1919 by Isaac Asimov. It was a typo, in which he accidentally swapped the article “a” for “an.” He actually meant, “a droid.” Few people know this. Similarly, most people don’t know that the I in I, Robot was originally intended to be a Roman 1, to enumerate the first story in what became a series of nine. On hearing the first story’s title, Asimov’s eager fans anticipated that the second story would chronicle the life of a robot pirate captain (“Aye, Aye, Robot!”). In his dismay, Asimov hastily renamed the series’ second story “Runaround,” then re-purposed his original title to cover the complete set of nine. True story.

Ahem.

Be safe, and happy Stashing,

Ted

Consolidating Storage with Stash

Before you start your weekend, here’s one more way to put Stash to work for you.

If you use MozyHome to backup more than one computer, Stash might be able to help you free up some of your MozyHome storage capacity. Here’s how.

Let’s say that you have 5 gigabytes of digital photos, and you keep a copy on both of your two computers. If you back up those photos on both computers, then that means that you’re using a total of 10 gigabytes of your total storage MozyHome storage capacity.

Mozy Stash

It used to be that the only way to reclaim that 5 GB space would be to remove the photos from one of the two computer’s backup configurations. (You have to remember to do that.)

A new way you could reclaim the space would be to move the photos into your Stash. Stash keeps a copy of the photos on both computers, but Stash accounts for them only once against your total MozyHome storage.

(Hint: You can even save yourself time for synchronization by moving the photos into the same location in your Stash on both computers. When Stash sees that the same file already exists on both computers, it considers them both up to date and won’t try to download the from your Stash online.)

Mozy Stash

 

There’s another benefit in addition to consolidating your MozyHome storage. When you finally get around to cleaning up those photos–you know, deleting all the blurries and blanks, touching up redeye, cropping out your thumb, and so on–you only have to do it on one computer. Stash will update your other linked computers with all your changes. Sweet!

Be safe, and happy Stashing,

Ted

What’s next for Stash?

Yesterday, I discussed how online backup is evolving to include data availability. No longer being purely about preserving your files and protecting against loss, Mozy seeks to ensure that you are never without your data. Following on the heels of the Mozy app and updates to the Mozy Web Access interface, the release of Stash is our next big step toward fulfilling this part of the Mozy promise.

We think Stash will change how you use Mozy. But yesterday’s beta launch is just the beginning. We have several feature enhancements coming that will make Stash even better. Here’s a quick look at a few of the updates we plan during the beta.

Web Access

While you can access your Stash through the Mozy web site today, the current “Web Access” interface was designed for restoring files from backup. That means that it shows files and folders that you may have already deleted or moved in addition to your current data.

Within a couple months, we plan to roll out “Web Access 2.0.” This release has been designed not only to make performing restores easier, but also to better support Stash. In addition to refining how it displays your files, Web Access 2.0 also enables you to upload files, and manage the contents of your Stash.

The Mozy App for Android and iOS

Since the start of the Stash private beta last June, a lot of early adopters have asked for more Stash features in Mozy’s mobile app. Currently, you can upload photos and videos to your Stash. Over the coming months, we plan to make several incremental updates, such as making it possible to upload any file type from your iPhone, iPad or Android device.

Performance

The next updates to the Stash software (0.11) will introduce significant performance improvements. Our Stash core engineers have been working to accelerate synchronization of changes to files in your Stash. What they have worked out is pretty slick, and you will notice a big speed boost for file updates.

That’s the short list of what’s coming up. Of course, we have a lot more in store than that. Many have asked us whether Stash is going to include features for sharing and collaboration. Allowing Mozy customers to connect with each other in this way is definitely something we want to do, but first we must get Stash out of beta. Check out the Stash beta forum for several other common feature ideas and requests.

For now, be safe, and happy Stashing,

–Ted

Stash: A New Era for Online Backup

Today, Mozy announced Stash, a new feature available in public beta for MozyHome customers. While this launch may draw a lot of outside attention to Mozy, I want to explain what Stash means to you.

Going Beyond Backup

Mozy was founded for you to preserve your ideas, your creative works, your memories and your records. Our promise has always been that with Mozy, you never lose a single file. Together with our customers and loyal fans, we built the online backup industry. Today, millions of customers and more than 70,000 businesses entrust Mozy to protect over 70 petabytes of data. Thank you for being part of this!

Mozy released two major “data availability” features for this in 2011. Our “web access” update made it so that you could quickly find and download a file from any computer. The Mozy apps for Android and iOS (iPad, iPhone, iPod touch) devices put your files at your fingertips while on the go. Together, these two features extend the Mozy promise so that you’re never without your files.

Stash is another big ”data availability” step. If you use multiple computers, such as one at home and another at work, you’re going to love Stash. Stash keeps files up to date between computers by putting a special “stash” folder on each, and linking it to your Mozy account. Any files you keep in your Stash stay up to date on each linked computer. When you start a document at work, put it in your Stash if you need to continue working on it at home. No emailing documents to yourself, or fiddling around with USB sticks. It just works.

I want to personally invite Mozy’s loyal customers and fans to try out Stash. Once you have started using it, I think that you’ll agree: Stash changes the game. You’ll never think about online backup quite the same again.

Getting Stash

Although Stash has just come out in public beta, if you’re a paid MozyHome subscriber, you get Stash. We don’t mean just for the beta: as long as you keep your current MozyHome paid subscription, you will have use of Stash at no extra cost. It’s our way of saying thank you for being a MozyHome customer.

Of course you can use Stash if you have a MozyHome Free account. We’re making Stash a permanent feature of MozyHome Free, but the capacity is still limited to 2 GB. So, if you have been considering upgrading to a paid MozyHome account, I encourage you to do so. You’ll want the extra space.

That’s it for now. Look for another post from me tomorrow, discussing what’s coming next for Stash and Mozy.

You can learn more about Stash from the Stash page on the Mozy website and the Stash Frequently Asked Questions page in the community forums. You can interact with me through the Stash beta forum, or follow my rants and ravings on as @reverendted on Twitter.

Be safe, and happy Stashing,

–Ted

Ted Haeger
Mozy Product Management

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:

Mobile

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.

Stash

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 named one of “Best Companies To Work For” in Utah – 3rd straight year

We’re proud to announce that Mozy has been named one of the 25 Best Companies To Work For in Utah for 2011 by Utah Business Magazine — for the *third straight year.*

Though not headquartered in Utah as we once were, a large number of our Mozy employees are in our Pleasant Grove, Utah offices. Our Senior Director of Marketing Dave Robinson, in his “acceptance speech” at the awards banquet in Salt Lake City on December 15, emphasized that Mozy is an awesome place to work because it still feels like a startup in many ways — from the casual dress, foosball,  perks,  etc. — while still having the great benefits offered by EMC and VMware. We’re already seeing that the distinction of winning this award three years in a row is helping attract the best employees to Mozy — whether in Utah, Seattle, Boston, Cork (Ireland) — or any of other other offices worldwide.

We’re proud to be part of such a great company!

Care to take a victory lap with us? Check out Dave Robinson’s acceptance speech, view our “Best Comapnies to Work For” video, or head back to 2010 and read about our second selection to this list. Does Mozy sound like the place for you? See if you can find your dream job here – we’d love to have you!

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 – Amazon.com) 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 – roku.com). 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:

Tech/Gadgets/Entertainment:

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!”

Fashion:

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.

Sports/Recreation:

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.

Survival:

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!