Physical Storage vs. Digital Storage

Last time we did one of these, we wanted to show you how much data we create with our digital lives. Now we want to show you how data storage has changed over the years. It’s pretty mind-blowing. Enjoy!

physical storage vs digital storage

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.

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.

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

Mozy For Moms!

Hey moms,

From your first family photo as a mother to last year’s tax return, your computers are full of irreplaceable photos, videos, and documents. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything you do and manage your own backup system. Mozy wants to let you know that we have your backup.

During the month of June, you will be able to choose a free T-shirt or onesie for signing up for an unlimited MozyHome account. If Mozy is already automatically backing up your files, you can still get a shirt or onesie by posting a message about Mozy to your blog.

For more details, go to mozy.com/moms.

Client Release: Windows 1.14

We are once again proud to announce another Mozy Windows client release. Here are a few highlights from this latest release:

  • Added support for EFS encrypted files – The client now supports backing up only the portions of the files that have changed for EFS encrypted files, rather than the entire file.
  • Improved the speed of launching configuration – When you launch the configuration utility, it now displays much faster than before.
  • Added welcome tab in the client configuration – The client configuration window now has a Welcome tab that displays information about how Mozy works, how to select files for backup, and how to perform a restore.
  • Added tooltips to the tabs in client configuration – Added pop-up text that displays when a mouse is hovered over a tab (tooltips) in the client Configuration window. The tooltips explain the tasks that can be completed on each tab of the Configuration window.
  • Enhanced locked file support – The client now uses Windows Volume Shadow Services (VSS) for all files to prevent locking. This allows files to be used by other applications while they are being backed up.
  • Improved the password change flow – Now when you change your password on the Mozy Web site, you are automatically asked to enter your new password when a backup occurs or when you launch the Configuration window.
  • Other compatibility 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 support@mozy.com !

Triple-Digit MozyPro Adoption amongst Healthcare Providers

Yesterday we were thrilled to announce triple-digit growth in the number of healthcare organizations adopting MozyPro over the past year. We believe that the primary drivers of this growth include economic pressures, the growing trend towards digitized health records, the sheer amount of digital information being accumulated by healthcare providers and compliance with government regulation.

Like any business, healthcare providers are not immune to economic headwinds and are also being forced to reduce budgets and do more with fewer resources. MozyPro online backup offers secure, automated backup at an affordable price, which frees up valuable resources to focus on more important things—like managing your business.

In our announcement, we shared a few customer stories such as that of Dr. Wayne T. Faber of Tenafly Dental Associates in Tenafly, New Jersey who realized a 97 percent savings in backup costs after switching to MozyPro. For more information or to read the full customer stories, visit www.mozy.com/healthcare.

Individual medical records once stored in filing cabinets are now being digitized and stored as electronic health records (EHRs). As part of the recently passed economic stimulus bill, the HITECH Act encourages healthcare providers to move to EHRs and provides financial incentives for doing so. Compliance with government regulation is also critical, and MozyPro helps healthcare providers become compliant with both the HIPAA Privacy and HIPAA Security Rules.

This will result in unprecedented amounts of digital patient information being generated in the coming years, which also needs to be protected and securely backed up. With over 15 petabytes of data currently under management, Decho is one of a handful of trusted companies in the world that has experience securely managing data at such a massive scale. To put 15 petabytes in perspective, Decho stores 750x the digitized content of the Library of Congress! That’s a lot of data.

Mozy’s 1 Millionth Customer!

As mentioned in our previous blog post, we’ve had a big announcement to make, and, well, the time has come! Earlier this year, we reached 1 million Mozy customers! To celebrate this significant milestone, we decided to find our millionth customer and give them a warm Mozy "thank you."

Our search took us out to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where we met up with our very own spokesperson iJustine to surprise Nathan Kletzing, our millionth customer, with a massive Mozy prize! Here’s her video of the event-

So congrats to Nathan and his wife. Enjoy a million seconds of peace together, as you take an all-expenses-paid 7-day cruise to Mexico on us , comfortable in the knowledge that while you’re away, all your data is backed up with Mozy!

P.S. Be sure to check out our previous blog post for winners of the Guess The Prize contest!