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!

Pausing Backups – Why? When? What Happens?

It’s happened to all of us—kids are streaming the new episode of Phineas and Ferb from Netflix on the Xbox 360 and all of the sudden the images start pixelating, the video stops to buffer, and weeping and wailing abound. Or you’re in the middle of editing an HD movie on your computer and all of the sudden your CPU fan starts whirring, your processes slow down, and your editing screeches to a halt.

When your computer or network’s resources are stretched, how can you make sure Mozy isn’t adding any additional load to the system?

  1. 1. Enable network throttling. Both the Windows and Mac Mozy clients allow you to limit the amount of bandwidth used by the Mozy client. You can even configure the client to limit bandwidth usage only during your periods of intense use (such as from 8 am to 8 pm).
  2. 2. Enable CPU throttling. If desired, you can configure your Mozy client to not back up unless your computer is idle or the CPU is busy.
  3. 3. Modify the backup schedule. If you usually use your computer or network heavily at a certain time of day, you can modify your Windows or Mac backup schedule to back up during times when you generally don’t use your computer heavily.
  4. 4. Pause backups. If you’re using your computer or network heavily, you can pause an in-process Mozy backup. In the Windows Mozy client, you can click the pause button to stop the current backup and then restart the backup again by clicking the same button or waiting for the next scheduled or automatic backup. In the Mac Mozy client, moving the slider to “Off” will stop scheduled and automatic backups until you slide it back to “On” or click “Back Up Now”.

We at Mozy want to make sure that your every email, document, and photo is safe. By following these guidelines, you can also ensure that your data is backed up in a way that fits exactly how you want to use your computer, because backups should never get in your way.

Jamie Morningstar, Mozy Product Manager

The Mozy app 1.2 for Android is here!

Android users, your patience has been rewarded – the wait is over for version 1.2 of the Mozy Mobile app for Android platorms.

This release includes increased stability and yes, the much sought after support for personal encryption keys – the ultimate in security for your data.

To read more about the specifics of personal key encryption and determine whether or not you’d like to use it to protect your files, please review the “About Personal Key Data Encryption” section of this blog post.

The app allows you to access and view any file you have backed up to Mozy right from your mobile device. Preview photos, view documents, and even open files in other applications or send them via email. The app makes Mozy more than just a way to protect against data loss – you can now access your files anywhere.

Along with similar access through any browser, the app provides a way to access all your personal and professional files from anywhere.

Visit the Android app store to download and update your version of the Mozy mobile app for Android today!

Mozy Is Now On Google+!

We’re very excited to be on Google+ – we’re looking forward to utilizing all of the cool features from video hangouts to the advanced interactivity.

To get things started on Google+, we want to start with a bang! We’re raffling off some prizes and we want to give them to you! Be one of the first 150 people to follow or add our Mozy Online Backup page (https://plus.google.com/110700157209024182490/110700157209024182490) and enter to win one of the following:

2 – $50 Gift Cards
3 – 1 year MozyHome Subscriptions
10 – Mozy T-Shirts (Mozy Saved My Bacon or Back the F:\ Up)

What do you need to do to win? Make sure you’re following our page – that’s it!

Connect with Mozy on all our social networks:

Are you looking for the latest Mozy news, updates and information on your social network of choice? We don’t play favorites – find all of the information you’re looking for no matter which network you’re on.

Twitter:

@mozy – Follow for general updates, news, contests, and commentary on the biggest tech news
@mozypro – Follow for news specific to MozyPro and our business users
@mozysupport – Make sure to ping @mozysupport if you’re running into any issues – we’ll get things right in a jiffy!

Facebook:

Mozy Online Backup - Contests, news, blog posts and more –  get easy updates from Mozy on Facebook.
MozyPro Online Backup - See above (with a business twist).

Youtube:

GetMozy - Find all sorts of video tutorials, Mozy videos, and video contests here.

LinkedIn:

Mozy’s Company Page - On LinkedIn? Follow the Mozy Company Page for major updates, job information, and product specific information geared towards a business audience.

Spiceworks:

Mozy’s Company Page - Do you use or manage MozyPro at work? Are you an IT professional looking for industry-leading offsite backup? Be sure to connect with Mozy in the premier online IT community.

Google+:

Mozy Online Backup on Google+ We’re new here, but excited at the potential – add us to a circle to stay in touch. Look for potential video hangouts and more in the future!

Mozy Halloween Story Contest Winners

Thanks to everyone who submitted a story to our “Dark and Stormy Night” contest. We had over 140 entries, and we enjoyed reading all of them (Over 28,000 words!) We had some difficult decisions to make, but our judges have decided on our four winners. Each of the entires was chosen based on their creativity, originality, scariness, and Mozy-ness. We’ve posted them below for you to enjoy (some entries slightly edited for readability):

Scott Kruger:

It was dark, despite the full moon, as he made his way to the campus library with laptop in hand. The wind blows through the trees lining the walkway. The last remnants of fall clung desperately to the branches silhouetted against the moon as they thrashed about violently. He pulled his jacket up against the chill, trying to warm himself with the knowledge that the only thing left to complete on his final exam paper was the bibliography that he’d fill out upon reaching the library.

The fluttering of a bat in the empty branches above him gave him pause. The noise quickly subsided, and he continued up the walkway toward the lights of the library. Off the path he heard the crunch of leaves. A figure stepped out of the shadows onto the pathway behind him. He looked over his shoulder at the figure. Blood red eyes caught the light of the moon. A fog began drifting in through the woods. He runs toward the lights beyond, dropping his laptop. He leaves it knowing he can recover his paper from the safety of the library. Throwing open the doors he turns around to see wet footprints and nothing more.

D Steinberg:

She was in the middle of reading her friend’s blog when she heard a sound.  It was just after midnight.  Her husband Ed was asleep.  Quietly Judy got up to look around.  The doors were locked, the alarm was on.

“Probably the wind, or a twig brushing against a window,” Judy figured.

Then, suddenly the phone rang.  Who could that be?  Judy answered with growing alarm.  “Oh Judy,” the male voice on the other end of the phone cried out.  “I need help.”

The voice was familiar. “It’s Al.”  “Al Smith,” Judy queried.  Yes, he answered.

“You must come quickly he said.  What’s wrong, Judy asked.  It’s my wife, said Al, now sobbing and noticeably shaken.  What’s wrong with Milly, Judy asked.

Just then Al shrieked and Judy heard a thud as Al’s phone dropped disconnecting the call.  Judy was beside herself.

She woke Ed hysterically, saying “You must go to Al Smith’s house.  Something is wrong with Milly.  I’ll wait here with the kids.  Call me.”  Ed left.   Judy was now alone waiting.

There it was again.. the sound she heard before, now louder and closer.  What had she done?  And who was it really who had called?

David Goldstein:

All was quiet as I finished my term paper, but my blood chilled when a pop-up message appeared on my screen: “MozyHome is protecting your subconscious. Click to view which fears are backed up.” That was replaced a few seconds later with, “One of the fears that paralyzed you in the past
will be restored at midnight.” I sat shuddering in my chair, wondering which of the unbearable possibilities I had pushed to the dark recesses of my mind for self-preservation would be brought to the surface. Would the snake I knew was living in the bathroom sink come out and eat me? Would the nasty e-mail I had thought about writing, and definitely did not write, get “restored” and sent out?
10:30
11:30
12 … “Restoring your fear, please wait … Your fear has been restored successfully. Click to reveal your fear.” I clicked. “Read fault error on drive B: all contents may be lost. Abort, retry, ignore?” Ha ha, boo and pooh to you! My computer doesn’t even have a drive B: Mozy is there for the drives it does have.

Leslie Borghihi:

The laptop sat open on the table I stared in disbelief.  “Account not found.”

“What now?”  I muttered.

I retyped in my login and password, “Account not found.”  I tried another account.  What was going on with this computer?  I restarted it and tried again.  I called tech support.  India did not answer.  Panic was setting in.  I called the bank punched in my account number and password.

The automated voice kindly told me, “We’re sorry unable to authenticate please try again, or press zero for assistance.  Again, no one answered.

I tried my mother.

“Hello, hello, who is this?  I don’t think this is funny.”  The line went dead.

I grabbed my wallet: everything was there.  My door opened, the property owner, and another woman entered.

““We will everything out by Thursday.””

““Great, I’ll take it, where is the previous tenet?””

“Excuse me, I’m right here!”  I shrieked.

“”She died suddenly, no family, and no one she listed as her references knew her.  I assure you we are screening tenets better.””

The two left.

Trying to follow, I found I could not leave the apartment.  The laptop sat open on the table, flashing, “Who are you?”

Again, thanks to all who participated. If you submitted a winning story, you will be receiving an e-mail with more information. Happy Halloween!