Free Account Friday Comes To Facebook!

facebook free account fridayFor the past few months, we’ve been giving away free MozyHome accounts on Twitter via a simple contest – we call it Mozy Free Account Friday.

It’s been pretty popular (after all, it’s hard to beat free), so we’ve decided to expand the contest to Facebook. After all, Facebook users need love (and backup) too!

So starting tomorrow, we’ll be giving away a FREE 1-year MozyHome subscription ($54.45 value!) to a randomly chosen entrant each Friday. Sounds great, right? Well it is! So here’s how it will work – in order to be considered you must:

  1. Be a fan of Mozy at the time of the giveaway.
  2. At some point between 12:00 AM MST and 11:59 PM MST Friday, you must post the following message (or words to this effect):

    I just entered Mozy Free Account Friday to win a free year of unlimited online backup! You can win too! Just become a fan of Mozy, post this message in your status, and let Mozy know you’re entered on their fan page! (for more info, check out http://bit.ly/dM9qs)

  3. I’ll have a status message posted at 12:00 AM MST Friday on the Mozy fan page. Simply comment on that status to let me know you’re entered!

You can enter the Facebook and Twitter contests once per week. We’ll announce the winner the following Monday. Good luck, and be safe!

UPDATE: In order to verify your compliance with all the requirements should you win, I’ll be briefly friending you. Just so you know.

Mac 1.4.3 Update

The 1.4.3 Mac release for MozyHome and MozyPro is now available to download at www.mozy.com/home/download and at www.mozy.com/pro/download, which fixes the Time Machine/Time Capsule issue.

Earlier this week a bug was discovered in our 1.4.1 Mac release that affected our customers who were using Time Machine with Time Capsule or Time Machine with a network share of another Mac. But the issue did not affect all of our Mac customers. Those who don’t use Time Machine were not affected, and those who use Time Machine with a locally connected external drive were not affected.

During the process, our engineers worked tirelessly to diagnose and fix the issue.  This latest version has undergone a rigorous testing process, and we are confident this solves the problem. We apologize again to everyone who ran into the issue.

Client Release: Mac 1.4

This week we released Mac 1.4 for both MozyHome and MozyPro. The new software includes numerous stability improvements. It also provides a helpful new feature for consumers and businesses—the ability to set a policy that excludes certain types of files from being backed up.

You may wonder why anyone would want to exclude any type of file from being backed up. Why not just back up everything on the hard drive? Well, those are fair questions.

If you’re a consumer using MozyHome to back up personal files and you have a virtual machine installed on your computer, you may prefer to back up the files in the virtual machine rather than the entire virtual machine itself.

If you’re a business using MozyPro to back up your employees’ data, you may want to set a policy that excludes certain files types, like music, for certain employees. Given the economic conditions, we want you as a business to have the ability to control your costs and back up the files critical to your business.

To see the full release notes and download the new client version, check out our MozyHome and MozyPro update sections . 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 support@mozy.com.

Financial Industry Grows by Triple-Digits

Yesterday, we were thrilled to announce triple-digit new customer growth over the past 12 months from companies in the accounting and financial services industries. These businesses cited cost savings and the need to protect irreplaceable data as the primary reasons for turning to MozyPro.

These reasons are supported by a recent report from Forrester stating that small business IT spending will decline more than enterprise IT spending in 2009. In addition, a Gartner survey found that losing intellectual property or customer data was the number one concern for North American organizations.

Paul Emmons, founder of Emmons & Co., said he would recommend Mozy to any business because it addresses these exact concerns. “It is off-site, automatic, and gives quality protection at an affordable price,” he said. “The ability to set backups and move on to other responsibilities is invaluable and something no other solution has given me.”

Most small businesses are not immune from facing struggles in this economic environment. Fortunately, products like MozyPro help businesses meet these challenges head on and allow them to focus on providing quality services to their customers and communities for years to come.

40th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Mission

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 NASA mission that put Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong on the moon. This incredible accomplishment was captured in a black and white video of the two astronauts taking “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” What better way to celebrate the 40th anniversary than by watching the original footage? Only one problem – NASA couldn’t find the tapes.

It turns out that NASA had unintentionally recorded over the original footage of the famous space walk. According to The Associated Press, a digital film restoration company has been hired to restore the video, but it is an expensive and time-consuming process:

“The $230,000 refurbishing effort is only three weeks into a monthslong project, and only 40 percent of the work has been done… The original videos beamed to Earth were stored on giant reels of tape that each contained 15 minutes of video, along with other data from the moon. In the 1970s and ’80s, NASA had a shortage of the tapes, so it erased about 200,000 of them and reused them.”

We sympathize with NASA and hope they can recover the information. All over the world, however, people are now compiling an increasing amount of digital information. Their data represents family videos and photos, music collections, and financial information. We don’t want anyone – from families all the way up to NASA – to lose vital information.

One way Mozy helps you to preserve your information is that it provides you with the ability to roll back to previous versions of a file. That way, when a file is accidentally deleted or modified, you can roll back to a previous, pristine version.

So congrats, NASA, on an amazing achievement. We look forward to seeing the remastered footage!

Backing Up Hundreds of Gigabytes with Mozy

From time to time, we hear from customers with hundreds of gigabytes of data who complain about the length of time it takes to complete their initial backup. We realize that it can be painful to get all your data backed up for the first time, and we’re constantly working to alleviate that pain, including optimizing bandwidth distribution for blazing backup speeds.

However, a customer may still face limitations from his or her own Internet service provider. The problem is that providers often compete with one another by providing faster and faster download speeds, but they don’t often provide faster upload speeds. As a result, initially backing up hundreds of gigabytes online can take quite a bit of time.

The good news is twofold. First, if Mozy is interrupted in the middle of a long backup, it will automatically pick up where it left off the next time it resumes. So don’t worry if you have to restart your desktop, or you need to close your laptop. Second, once the initial backup is complete, the subsequent backups run much faster because Mozy backs up only the incremental changes to the files or folders. In addition, if you’re worried about a long backup taking up all your system resources, Mozy provides customers with bandwidth throttling and scheduling options, so customers can control how many resources Mozy consumes and when.

While backing up hundreds of gigabytes takes some patience, the benefit of having automatic, secure off-site protection is worth it. And now with our new bandwidth optimization, you can get through that first initial backup faster than ever before.

How Much Is A Petabyte?

We store a lot of data here at Mozy (15+ petabytes, in fact), but how much is that really? We put together this series of stats to help you understand just how much data that really is. Enjoy! (Update: since this infographic was originally published, Mozy has grown to store more than 90 petabytes. We’ve also put together a new interactive infographic that takes a fresh look at the petabyte. Check it out!)

How much is a petabyte?

 

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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

University of San Francisco speaks about Mozy at EduComm 2009

Walter Petruska speaking about Mozy at EduCommAt the sunny Ritz Carlton Resort in Orlando, Walter Petruska of the University of San Francisco stood at the EduComm conference and presented on how the university implemented new technology to cut costs and improve protection of the university’s intellectual assets. Petruska specifically addressed how online backup has helped the university protect information on faculty and staff laptops and desktops.

Earlier in the day during the general luncheon, The New York Times Columnist David Pogue gave the keynote. He, too, discussed how new technologies are changing the college campus. He called out Twitter and other social media tools that engage students for better or worse.

EduComm 2009 brought together those in education who have a vision of tomorrow’s campus and how new technologies are shaping the future of higher education. At Mozy, we too are committed to helping those in higher education to protect their information through a simple, secure and affordable backup service. In fact, we announced this week that we have more than 700 educational institutions using Mozy. More information can be found at www.mozy.com/education.

Over 700 Educational Institutions Turn to Mozy

Today, we announced that the number of educational institutions using MozyPro as their online backup solution has more than doubled from the previous year. This figure consists of elementary and secondary schools as well as recognized national universities such as Northwestern and Stanford.

With the amount of digital information being created at an all time high, institutions are seeing the value in using Mozy because they only pay for the storage space they use and there are no hardware or installations costs. This assists schools in complying with stricter budget requirements without sacrificing security and simplicity.

Barbara Sutcliffe, manager of business operations at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University said, “Like so many schools today, we are looking for solutions that are affordable, reliable, and easy to use. While the cost of Mozy is minimal, the peace of mind it provides is priceless.”

Although my college days were not that long ago (or so I tell myself), I can’t help but wonder how many hours I could have saved not having to retype papers or class notes if Mozy had been around. It is good to see that students and faculty now have a better option than floppy disks for saving files!