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:
- The importance of focus
- 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
At 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.
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!
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.
This week MSNBC posted an interesting article by Mark A.R. Mitchell about preparing a business for natural disaster. He mentions how he grew up in Tornado country and was left for three days without power. The experience has reminded him the importance of preparing a business for disasters, and the first tip he provides is to back up.
“You need to back up your systems, and it’s not hard to do. Virtual offsite backups give you more disaster protection than onsite backups to an external hard drive, and the further offsite those backups are the less likely the tornado coming through your town will hit the site where your backups are stored.”
His comment reminds me of a MozyPro customer, Joseph W. Booth, who is a long-time member and contributor to the American Bar Association. Booth started using MozyPro after he launched his own law firm earlier this year and ended up savings 92 percent in backup costs. He says he works in “Tornado alley “ and trusts MozyPro to back up and protect his important law firm files from the threat of a disaster.
Whether it’s protecting against a tornado as MSNBC’s Mitchell discussed in his article or protecting against other types of disasters or thefts, a good backup strategy includes keeping an off-site copy of critical business information.
Eileen Souza stored all of her digital data on an external hard drive. It held eight years of her personal financial and tax data. Among other things, the drive also stored 12 years of extensive family history research. Souza had collected hundreds of documents and digitized thousands of family photos, some of which are more than 100 years old.
When Souza started her computer on December 16, 2008, her external hard drive no longer appeared. She tried everything she could think of to access her data; she even bought new cables to see if her computer would be able to read the drive. It was dead, and she could not access any of her files. Years of family history research and irreplaceable photos of her family’s history flashed before her eyes. To add insult to injury, she faced the prospect of not paying her bills because all of her financial information was on the drive.
Luckily, Eileen had signed up with Mozy in August 2007, so she ordered a Mozy DVD restore with all of her 30,897 files. While waiting for the DVD’s to arrive, she downloaded from Mozy’s website all the information she needed to pay her bills on time.
“The DVDs arrived December 22, and by that evening I was 100% restored and back to normal with absolutely no loss of data. Needless to say I am still backing up all my data with Mozy,” Souza said.