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Next Generation of Mozy Boldly Goes into New Areas of Cloud Data Protection

Star Trek: The Next Generation launched in 1987 – more than 10 years before Google was founded, four years before the first GSM-based mobile phone was built and 13 years before the iPad. Yet the creators of the show had the vision for characters to communicate with mobile devices, search their computers for information about anything and interact with them using touch-screen technology.

Today, we’re all “Next Generation” workers. Sure, we may not be beaming about exploring strange new worlds where we seek out new life and new civilizations, but many of us work long distances from our corporate offices, at home, at customer sites and on the move. We all carry mobile devices, whether they’re smartphones, tablets or laptops, and we expect to be able to work across them accessing files and tools.

But this brings with it two huge challenges for IT departments to balance: How can they enable this style of working without compromising security; and how can they protect the information that is created on those devices – especially if they’re part of a BYOD program.

Next-generation workers require a next-generation cloud-based data protection service – and that’s what we’re announcing today.

Earlier this year, we talked about the introduction of new technology underpinning the Mozy business that radically changed the way that we think about data, enabling us to put people, instead of machines, at the heart of our methodology. Today, we’re unveiling the new features that we’ve been able to build on top of that. Together, they offer a faster, easier-to-manage service with additional tools to help make customers more productive and further options for how to buy from us.

There are three new feature sets in the next-generation Mozy service:

  1. Greater cloud administrative tools for Enterprise IT – Enhanced storage management saves time and money involved in provisioning and managing backup at a device level.
  2. Enhanced End User Experience – An integrated Mozy Sync folder keeps files updated and available across multiple computers and mobile devices. Mozy also introduces new functionality, which ensures faster initial backup times and greater bandwidth efficiency when backing up large files.
  3. New Partner Resources – New API support allowing partners and resellers to integrate with their preferred Remote Monitoring and Management (RMM) or Professional Services Automation (PSA) systems.

In addition, MozyEnterprise® now becomes the public cloud component within the EMC Data Protection Suite, which allows customers and partners to mix and match the usage of individual products to best fit their requirements, while lowering their total cost of ownership and providing investment protection. This means EMC customers and partners can extend their individual Protection Storage Architectures to include cloud data protection and access tools for desktops, laptops, mobile devices and remote offices.

Without a business-wide data protection strategy that includes backup, access and personal sync, people typically take matters into their own hands, adopting disparate, unconnected, often consumer-grade solutions to meet their immediate needs. This can quickly lead to “accidental architectures” that are, at best, difficult to manage and monitor, and can put business-critical data at risk.

The next-generation Mozy service offers an alternative to businesses by enabling them to consolidate their cloud backup, access and personal sync into one service that provides industry-leading administrative functionality. And, now that MozyEnterprise is part of the EMC Data Protection Suite, it’s even easier for organizations to build their public cloud solution into a holistic approach to their backup business wide.

We’re launching the next generation of Mozy services to boldly go into new areas of data protection – and we want you to come with us. To find out more, visit our next-generation website, also launched today.

Vote for Mozy – Small Business Influencer Awards

Small Business Influencer AwardsMozy’s MozyPro cloud backup service for business has been nominated for a 2013 Small Business Influencer award in the “Apps” category.

The 2013 Small Business Influencer Awards “honor companies, organizations, vendors, apps and people who have made a significant impact on the North American small business market.”

We need your help! Click here to cast your vote for MozyPro cloud backup in the Small Business Influencer awards. You can vote once every 24 hours between now and September 9, 2013, when the voting will close.

93% of all companies that suffer significant data loss close within 5 years. Traditional backup solutions can be expensive and take weeks to implement, leaving small businesses vulnerable to revenue and productivity loss. MozyPro was designed specifically for SMBs.

Over 100,000 businesses trust Mozy to back up their data. Many of these customers are small businesses who use MozyPro to ensure that their data is safe and secure and is being backed up on a regular basis. One of these businesses is Dr. Earl, a dentist in Las Vegas, Nevada. Learn more about Dr. Earl’s Mozy story in this video:
 

Small-Business and Q1: An Uncertainty ‘Report Card’

Small Business Report CardSmall-business owners say the early part of 2013 was all about the financial crisis in Congress, with 37% indicating in a recent survey that they delayed hiring due to uncertainties stemming from what would come of the impasse.

With sequestration now the new reality, it remains to be seen what will develop in terms of small-business human resources as the result. Let’s look at some of the deeper issues and effects of recent changes in the economic scenario. We turn to the numbers, and the people generating them, to examine where SMBs stand at the end of Quarter 1, as they start the rest of 2013.

Q4–Q1: The Horizon for SMBs

Tough times have apparently taken a toll on small-business owners.

Among those polled by Manta, a company that connects SMBs with new clientele and resources, 82% did not make any new hires from October–December of 2012. More than half (65%) didn’t plan to add staff in Q1 of 2013. Meanwhile, nearly 40% of those businesses said that these decisions correlated directly with the recent fiscal turmoil in Washington.

More stats and figures:

  • 14% said they would not increase salaries or issue bonuses until the effects of the fiscal wrangling became clear.
  • 13% indicated that they had already eliminated discretionary spending.

Respondents also said they were leaving behind some healthy habits in favor of working harder at their shops.

  • 29% of small-business owners said they ate healthier and worked out more, in recent months, but that’s down compared to nearly 51% who said they were doing so during 2011.
  • Nearly half of those polled said they worked more than 50 hours/week, up more than 20% from 2011.
  • 37% of the owners said they averaged less than 6 hours of sleep every night.

But all hope hasn’t been lost. Among the small businesses polled by Manta, 78% of the owners said they’re still hopeful about growth in 2013.

“I’m always hopeful about the year ahead, but I also know it’s on me to make it happen,” said Stuart Rubenstein, co-owner of Florida-based Kaleidoscope Limited, who participated in the survey. And that attitude is no surprise to Pamela Springer, Manta’s chief executive officer. The will to survive, and to thrive, she said, is a hallmark of the SMB demographic.

“The New Year has a new level of uncertainty for all businesses,” said Springer, but, she added: “It is inherent for small-business owners to have a can-do attitude, even in the toughest of times.”

 

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Mozy, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012

Did you know that Mozy is fully compatible with Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012?

Windows 8

Since their releases in autumn 2012, Mozy has worked seamlessly with Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.  Using backup client versions 2.16 and up, you can combine the advantages of the new Windows OS features with the peace-of-mind that comes with Mozy backup, including:

  • Access to any file anywhere at any time through Mozy web, mobile, and tablet apps
  • Confidence that your files are safe with Mozy’s 2xProtect complete backup strategy
  • Premium security, optionally coupled with Windows BitLocker or EFS encryption

Download the newest Mozy client today for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 compatibility and all the newest Mozy features and enhancements.

Jamie Morningstar is a Mozy Product Manager.

Mozy Celebrates National Small Business Week

Mozy Celebrates Small Business WeekAccording to a recent survey  we conducted, over 90% of entrepreneurs and small business owners feel cloud-based backup could help their business the world’s most trusted provider of data protection and availability for consumers and businesses. The survey revealed that a mere 15% of small companies actually use online backup to protect their business.

Approximately two-thirds of the businesses surveyed do have some form of backup, but most of these onsite methods, such as tape or DVDs, are antiquated and susceptible to failure in the event of an on-site disaster. Other studies have shown that companies that lose their data often go out of business. Many traditional backup methods cost up to 80% more than a cloud backup solution like Mozy.

This week, Mozy is celebrating National Small Business Week by reminding small businesses everywhere that there’s never a better time to back up online than now – to protect their business with an affordable online backup solution.

Small businesses are a major driving force behind the current U.S. economic recovery, and more small businesses are using cloud services to be more efficient, save money, and offer better service to their customers. Mozy is honoring small businesses in the U.S. by offering 10% off MozyPro® if they sign up for a one or two-year plan during National Small Business Week, May 20-26. (Use the promotion code mozySMB.)

“At Mozy, we celebrate small businesses every day,” said Russ Stockdale, General Manager of Mozy. “We hear story after story of businesses who were saved thanks to online backup, and feel fortunate to be helping many of them reduce the time and money spent on IT, allowing them to focus on their business operations and growth.”

With millions of users, including more than 80,000 businesses, Mozy celebrates a few of its valued business customers who have use MozyPro to help their company grow:

Bone-a-Fide Dog Ranch. Lauren Rick learned from experience that hard drive failures lead to data loss. Because of this, when she took over as owner of a dog care business she turned to MozyPro to protect her data. Watch Bone-a-Fide Dog Ranch’s story.

Pelindaba Lavender, a farm in the San Juan Islands, WA, had a fire in May 2009 that destroyed everything, including the company’s building, servers and business data. Luckily owner Stephen Robins was prepared with MozyPro and quickly rebuilt his business. Watch Pelindaba Lavender’s story.

PC911 is an eco-conscious computer business based in Las Vegas. They use retired ambulances that run on waste vegetable oil to visit customers to help “heal” their “sick” computers. Owner Chad Stone prescribes that all his business customers use Mozy. It’s one thing that is not negotiable with PC911’s service. Watch PC 911′s story.

Advance Insurance dealt with a burglary in its Las Vegas headquarters that could have ruined its business. A computer with valuable data was stolen. Thankfully, the company was using MozyPro to back up and so was able to easily restore the data and get back up and running. Watch Advance Insurance’s story.

National Small Business Week allows us to recognize the contributions small businesses are making every day – from the entrepreneurs who built the businesses, to the employees that make them go.

Startup Rules of the Road

Before you start your next business, you should consider a few of my own tenets that I have gleaned from working with numerous startup companies
over the years. There is so much more to a business than the actual day-to-day operations, and finding the right combination of ideas, skills, and people will help you
create the best small business. Take a look at the following rules of the road:

  • First, it is so often said that you have to find your passion. It might sound cliche, but it is very true. If you are going to suffer the long hours and the many frustrations of starting your own business, you need to have something that is going to power you through the darkest times. If you come up with a business idea that doesn’t get your groove on, drop it and think of something else.
  • Identify the narrowest niche you can and fill it completely. It doesn’t really matter what you do. What matters is what everyone else isn’t doing, and how you can complement or fill in the gaps. The narrower the niche, the better. It helps if you can explain your niche in a short sound bite too, because that is what you are going to be doing a lot of. And don’t be afraid to change to a new niche when the market shifts or as you get better at understanding what your customers need, too. You aren’t going to be running MegaCorp (at least, not yet), so being flexible is key.
  • Understand your own limitations and use them to decide on the nature of the business you wish to create. For years I have had a one-person freelance writing business — not because I am anti-social, but because that is my preferred work style. You need to think through the implications of your ideas and understand what you are getting yourself into with the particular business you have in mind. One friend of mine designed her freelance business around a small staff, because that was what she was comfortable with. Different strokes….
  • Building a website isn’t the same thing as building a business. While is certainly is the case that many businesses are going to have
    some kind of online presence, they just begin with the website.
  • If you aren’t technical, find someone who can help and treat them well. Make that: treat them extra well. When I built my first website back in the early days, I hired a kid all of 19 years of age. Now I would hire even younger: they have the skills, and they work cheaply. But sometimes you want to partner with someone with more maturity, and realize when that is needed.
  • Pick domain names, corporate names, and other names to match and be easy to speak and remember. This is so important. There is a site called KnowEm.com that can help you figure out if your chosen name is available on hundreds of social networks, and even search the US Patent and Trademark Database. This is a good place to start. See the screen shot below.

  • Don’t forget about email newsletter marketing. Email isn’t the flashiest mode of communication, but it is still a very powerful tool that can help spread your word and get you customers. One friend of mine built up his business big time with a weekly newsletter: over a year he had more than two thousand subscribers, and a regular business. The service provider that I use for my email newsletter charges me the grand sum of less than $5 a month.
  • Speaking of monthly costs, keep your recurring costs low. It is amazing what kinds of services you can get these days for free or
    nearly so in just about everything. Look at what you can get on open source sites. You can host your own blog, set up your own domain, sign up for cloud-based accounting, and a lot more for less than $500 a year, in some cases a lot less. It used to cost me $500 just to have a server sit in a rack someplace. My friend Bruce Fryer has a site called CheapBastardStartup that has links to running his 100% virtual corporation. He suggests raising $50,000 and get a product and customers and then go after the big money once you have proven your concept. But I suggest starting with
    even less dough – say $5000 – and see how far you can run with your idea with that.
  • Finally, don’t figure on paying yourself a salary, at least initially. My wife has her own interior design business and she is glad when she clears her monthly expenses, at least for the first couple of months. Of course, you want to eventually make some money!

Good luck with your own startup, and do feel free to share other best practices that you have come across in your travels.

 

 

Mozy and Enterprise – Ready for Each Other

This week, Mozy announced a renewed commitment to the MozyEnterprise service and for many that begs, the question, “Why now?”

MozyEnterprise

Over the past few years, the Mozy Enterprise Backup Solution product has enjoyed many successes and endured some bruises, and we’re proud and excited to go public with the fact that the software (the Mozy business) and the business (Enterprise customers worldwide) are finally ready for each other.  Here are the main reasons:

  1. Mozy’s enterprise cloud backup solution has enjoyed years of hardening and testing.  It may not be perfect (cause claiming perfection is a sure fire way to anger the software gods) but it’s pretty dang great.
  2. Businesses, even very large businesses, are accepting cloud solutions as enterprise-ready and really great choices for their IT needs.  We no longer have to sell enterprises on the power of the cloud – the cloud has proven itself.
  3. Enterprises are seeing the complexity of their backup and file accessibility needs explode – from remote workforces to Bring Your Own Device policies, IT no longer maintains strict control over the places and devices where people need access to their data, and enterprise cloud backup (specifically MozyEnterprise!) is well-suited to the needs of a diverse workforce.

We are very excited to re-introduce MozyEnterprise to the world of large business backup software and can’t wait to revolutionize the enterprise with the best backup and data access solution out there.

To learn more about MozyPro and MozyEnterprise and the difference between the two, make sure to watch Mozy Product Managers Jamie Morningstar and Todd Esplin discuss the differences between each offering.

 

5 Tools to to Run a Small Business in the Cloud

Mozy Online BackupIt can be a challenge running a small business. As a small business owner, you’ll often find that no task is too big or too small for you to handle, from contending with macro problems such as rising fuel costs, to more at-hand issues such as discovering that a part-time employee mistakenly unplugged a tucked-away power strip and that’s why half the work stations in the office are offline.

With much to worry about and never enough staff to cover all the bases, cloud computing has the potential to ease the strain of running a small business while cutting costs in the process.

Small and midsize businesses in the United States will spend more than $49 billion on cloud services in 2015, nearly double the size of the market today, according to research from AMI Partners. Donald Best, an analyst at AMI, chalked up the growth to a combination of reliable broadband, thin applications and the financial incentive to smaller businesses – namely, that cloud services do not require significant costs to acquire.

“It’s a factor of IT spending increasing, and it’s also an increasing percentage of total spending that’s going to the cloud,” Best said in an interview with InformationWeek.

The AMI study revealed that SMBs are currently setting aside 10 percent of IT budgets for cloud services. This number is expected to grow to 15 percent by 2015.

The number of cloud services aimed at SMBs also continues to grow, which is a great benefit to business owners. The following services or products cover some of the essential components of running a small business in the cloud. While there are many choices out there, here are just a few that make running a business a little bit easier with a little help from above – the cloud.

Productivity

Google Apps

This is an obvious choice, but it’s tough to beat the cost and simplicity of running Google Apps. If you plan to integrate Google Docs into a collaborative workspace, complete with email and calendaring, Google Apps is the way to go.

Communication

Skype

Skype continues to improve its VOIP quality. Its updated interface makes video calls a snap. Since Microsoft purchased Skype, Redmond is working to integrate Skype across its entire product portfolio, with more robust software being developed for both server and client environments.

Database

QuickBase

Ultra-customizable, Intuit’s QuickBase is a business-class online database that comes from a long-established vendor that can be trusted. QuickBase can house any type of data, from invoices to inventory. It’s fast, reliable and has many native applications to get you up and running in a flash.

Finance and Accounting

Bill.com

Bill.com automates small-business accounting by reducing the time and paperwork required for accounts payable. With Bill.com, you get a complete Web-based “finance department” to organize day-to-day finances and optimize cash flow.

Storage and Backup

MozyPro

MozyPro lets you manage multi-user environments, schedule automatic backups and monitor the health of your backups from a single Web-based dashboard. Mozy maintains strict security policies, military-grade encryption and world-class data centers for optimal data protection. Mozy’s pay-as-you-go model saves time and money with no setup fees, no hardware to purchase and little management required – ideal incentives for a small business.

 

 

Is backup alone enough?

Mozy Online BackupInteresting question, isn’t it? For years it seemed that a simple duplicate back up of your files was enough to provide peace of mind and opportunities for your company to succeed. However, in today’s mobile world, is backup enough?

Written by industry analyst firm IDC and sponsored by Mozy, a new white paper, entitled “Make Your Backups a Competitive Advantage for Greater Productivity” shows companies how to make backups more strategic, and how accessibility is the new name of the game in online storage.

According to the paper: “Service providers are leveraging backup services to enable higher levels of worker productivity to individuals, departments, and organizations. This increased productivity comes from providing functions pertaining to collaboration and data sharing, managing accessibility, reuse and leveraging the value of the data, and improvements in disaster recovery scenarios.”

Rather than just preserving data, businesses now need to understand and implement ways to make that data more accessible and easier to share. Backups of your company’s important information are still valuable, but the more businesses can empower employees to utilize and share that data, the more productive they will be.

An example of such a service that allows businesses to easily share this data is the recently launched public beta of Mozy Stash. Stash is feature that provides Mozy customers with a simple and secure way to keep their files current and available across multiple computers, smart phones and tablets. With Stash, current Mozy customers have access to a combination of Mozy’s industry-leading online backup with the ability to synchronize files across multiple computers and devices.

Working together, Mozy online backup and Stash ensure that all files are not only protected but are available to you from anywhere you have Stash installed, as well as on your iOS or Android device through the Mozy mobile app.

Make sure to download the full IDC white paper “Make Your Backups a Competitive Advantage for Greater Productivity.”

Mozy Data Shuttle Has Launched!


We are excited to announce the arrival of our Mozy Data Shuttle™ service for MozyPro® customers in the U.S.

With today’s upload bandwidth speeds, the initial backup for large data sets can take weeks, and sometimes even months. Mozy Data Shuttle is a delivery vehicle designed specifically to solve this problem and will enable businesses to quickly, easily, and securely back up their data to a Mozy data center within days, making this a great solution for anyone with 100 GB of data or more to back up.

How does it work? Mozy ships a Data Shuttle drive (or drives) to you overnight. When the drive arrives, simply plug the Mozy Data Shuttle device into your server and allow the MozyPro client to transfer the data to the device. During the transfer, the Mozy client will encrypt your data twice: once with the default Mozy key or your personal key, and then again with a unique/one-time use key. Once your data is safely loaded on the Data Shuttle, return it to Mozy with the provided overnight shipping label. As always, we then store your data encrypted at rest. Your server’s incremental backups can begin even before you return the drive to Mozy!

Mozy Data Shuttle is currently available in the U.S. for datasets from 100 GB to 8 TB. For more information, visit the Mozy Data Shuttle section of Mozy.com.Mozy Data Shuttle is currently available in the U.S. for datasets from 100 GB to 8 TB. For more information, visit the Mozy Data Shuttle section of Mozy.com.