Mozy understands that your important files are critical to the success of your business. Likewise, we understand that MozyHome users rely on Mozy to safeguard their documents, photographs, music files, and other important files. We will be rolling out a new data retention policy for all Mozy solutions that extends the life of file versions. Mozy protects your data by keeping older versions of your files available to be restored. There are various reasons why you might need to restore an older version of a file, including:
• You changed a file and want to go back to an older version of the file.
• You deleted content from a file and want to retrieve that content.
• You accidently deleted a file and now want it back.
• You have a corrupted file and need to go back to a version of the file before it became corrupted.
Each Mozy solution will have an extended retention policy associated with it. For MozyHome users, files will be retained for 3 months (currently, MozyHome retains files 30 days). For MozyPro users, the new preconfigured default retention period will be 6 months (currently, MozyPro retains files for 60 days). The new preconfigured default retention period for MozyEnterprise will be 1 year (currently, 90 days).
To enable our extended data retention, Mozy will be introducing file version consolidation. For example, let’s say you have two versions of a file; version 1 was created on August 1 and version 2 was created on August 15. Mozy will consolidate both versions to create a new version—version 3. So, you may be retaining every version of a file for the first few days, but then those versions will be consolidated into a single daily version. Eventually, those daily versions will be consolidated into weekly versions, and weekly versions are consolidated into monthly versions. Version consolidation ensures that the number of files in the chain is significantly reduced. This is important to you because it allows for faster restore times. Soon you will be able to more easily restore a version of a file that’s older, while current versions of files are kept indefinitely until the next version is backed up.
Mozy is continuously looking for ways to improve the backup process and meet the needs of its users. Our goal is to ensure that each time you save one of your files, it’s backed up, protected and, if necessary, can be recovered and restored exactly as it was.