When we posted about our new partnership with China Telecom, we didn’t do a great job explaining how HUGE the Internet is in China, so we threw this graphic together to demonstrate:
One takeaway is that while there’s a huge amount of Internet use in China, there aren’t a lot of cloud service providers available. As one of the first cloud providers in China, we’re looking forward to helping millions of Chinese Internet users discover the personal cloud.
In the spirit of everyone releasing new stuff (see previous post), we’re proud to announce the latest releases of our Mac and Windows Mozy clients!
Here are some of the highlights from the Mac 1.5.1 release:
- Improved external drive backup.
- Better connection reliability.
- Fixed an issue which accidentally deleted the /tmp symlink causing issues with some third party applications.
Here are some of the highlights from the Windows 1.16.1 release:
- Faster performance and responsiveness of Save/Close/Cancel in Configuration for users with many files selected for backup.
- Improved the timeout retry logic when there is a network error during a restore.
- Fixed an issue where a backup would stall indefinitely in some rare instances.
You can download the links to the full release notes and new client downloads for MozyHome for both Windows and Mac here.
If you’re into computers, (and if you’re reading this, we’re willing to bet that you are) this is a pretty exciting week. We saw the release of some new Apple hardware earlier in the week, and Microsoft is releasing Windows 7 this week as well. With all this newness, we feel it’s important to remind you that you need to protect all that newness.
That’s why we recommend getting Mozy for your new stuff (be it Windows or Apple). After all, we’ve done thorough testing on both Snow Leopard and Windows 7 and Mozy works well on both. Just use the coupon code SAVE10 to get 10% off any new subscription to a 1- or 2- year MozyHome Unlimited plan! And if you’re upgrading to Windows 7 this week, remember to be safe and back up first!
UPDATE: Due to some circumstances beyond our control, we’ve had to discontinue the contest, but look for it to make a reappearance at a future time.
Yeah, that’s a scary face. And just like the picture above, data loss is scary too! Just how scary? You show us!
Turns out we’re giving three $50 cash prizes to the owners of the scariest data loss faces. And if you’d rather spin us a nightmarish tale of your own data loss, we’ve got three $50 prizes for that too! Here’s how to enter:
- Snap a picture of your scariest “I just lost all my data” face (original photos only) and/or write up your non-fiction data loss story in 200 words or less.
- Send your submission to email@example.com by October 25, 2009. Please include your name, age (we won’t post it), and city/state.
- Six winners (3 photos, 3 stories) will be announced the week of Halloween and will each receive $50 cash.
You can get more info and check out submissions here!
Good luck, and be safe!
We here at Mozy are excited to announce a new partnership with Vodafone! Vodafone is the world’s largest international mobile telecom company, with mobile networks in over 70 countries (including a 45% stake in US telecom giant Verizon Wireless), more than 300 million customers, and over $60 billion in annual revenues. They will be introducing a range of business and consumer personal cloud services that are built on Decho’s Mozy online backup service. They’ll initially launch with a PC backup and data management service that will allow customers to protect, access, organize, and share their data. This service will be launched across a number of Vodafone’s European markets throughout the rest of the year.
This partnership, along with our partnerships with China Telecom and McAfee, highlight the emergence of “the personal cloud,” a phrase coined by Frank Gillett of Forrester (subscription required) to mean the movement of individuals’ personal data into the cloud, where they’ll be able to monitor, safeguard, and use their data anytime, anywhere. It’s an exciting revolution in the way we interact with our information, and we’re thrilled to be at the forefront.
Just one month after Snow Leopard’s release, we’ve learned that just over 30 percent of our Mac users are running Snow Leopard. This puts our adoption rate right along with the adoption rates reported by The Omni Group (27.5%) and Adium (28.43%). Although these don’t represent the entire Mac community, they do give a general idea of how many people are migrating to Snow Leopard.
The idea to look at our customer’s adoption of Snow Leopard came from Daring Fireball and Macworld. Both collected similar data for their sites. We find it significant that our adoption rate puts the Mozy service closer to the mainstream Mac audience. By bringing the first unlimited online backup service to the Mac, Mozy has been embraced by more than just early adopters and techies. Mac users from different geographies and age groups are gathering more and more irreplaceable digital content they can’t risk losing, and they’re backing that data up with Mozy. In fact, we currently back up over 15 petabytes of data.
Our engineers were so excited about the new operating system that they had Mozy ready to support Snow Leopard before it was officially released. With Snow Leopard, Mozy can run faster and use less memory, meaning a quicker and more enjoyable backup experience for our users.
Here is a chart to show Snow Leopard’s adoption among our Mozy for Mac users. Enjoy!
Just another quick graphic to show how our digital lives are becoming more and more integrated with the cloud through email, streaming video and music, mobile devices like phones and netbooks, and services like Mozy that help people put their data in the cloud where it can be accessed from virtually anywhere.
McAfee has made a name for itself combating the biggest security threats on the Internet. Millions of McAfee customers around the globe have come to rely on McAfee to protect themselves against identity theft, phishing scams, spyware and malicious web sites. It isn’t a big leap to protecting customers from hard disk crashes, theft and accidental deletion.
McAfee is introducing a new online backup service, and guess what, McAfee Online Backup is powered by Mozy. The new service is available to customers in the US today, with availability in other countries later this year.
We’re delighted to be working with McAfee to bring online backup to their millions of customers. Protecting over 15 petabytes of customer information for more than a million customers, Mozy is the world’s most trusted online backup service.
We are once again proud to announce another Mozy Mac client release. Here are a few highlights from this latest release:
- Improved memory usage – The client will run much faster and use fewer resources, especially during backups and restores.
- Better client transparency during configuration – We’ve added a file scanning progress indicator, and warnings when a backup is started before the client is fully configured and when changes might be lost when the configuration is closed without saving.
- Simpler options – The list of options in the menu bar has been reduced and simplified.
- Other compatibility, stability and performance improvements.
To see the full release notes and download the new client version, check out our update section. Please note that you don’t have to download and install the new client manually, as your old client will auto-update within a week.
Finally, we are constantly looking for ways to improve Mozy, so if you have any comments or suggestions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
September is the sixth annual National Preparedness Month. NPM 2009 is focusing on changing perceptions around emergency preparedness. FEMA, Citizen Corps, and the Ad Council want to spread the word that preparedness “goes beyond fire alarms, smoke detectors, dead-bolt locks, and extra food in the pantry.” Likewise, disaster preparedness goes beyond seasons – it’s a year-round necessity. For those of us who keep our lives on our computers, a disaster could also include a hardware failure, stolen computer, etc. Mozy and online backup act as a safety deposit box for your digital files so no matter what happens to your computer or the home or office where it resides, your files will always be safe.
We’d like to remind you of the importance of making sure your vital information is protected as well. In an era when our family photos, music collections, vital documents, and much more are stored on computer hard drives that can be destroyed in minutes during a natural disaster, the smart thing to do is to back up your data remotely. Mozy urges you to make sure you’re prepared in the event of disaster, so you can protect your family, your belongings, and your memories.
Here’s our starter list of disaster preparedness tips. Please leave your suggested additions in the comments below.
- Keep a battery-powered radio on hand
- Have a flashlight with spare batteries
- Keep a 72 hour kit containing food and water
- Have an extra change of clothing and toiletries
- Back up your computers with Mozy online backup
We also suggest that you download Are You Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness and ready your household against everything from tornados to tsunamis.