Using MozyHome Service? Well you may not all be aware, but your unlimited storage is how can I say it, no longer unlimited. Mozy has decided that in its best interest, that it would no longer allow the unlimited plans for the MozyHome service and would go with tiered plans.
How it is setup now is that you can get 50 GB of storage for $5.99 for 1 computer, or you can get 125 GB for $9.99 and 3 computers. Mozy gives 3 reasons as to why the change:
- We are all Capturing More Photos and Videos with higher quality and resolution
- Multiple Machines are the Norm
- No Fine Print Backup
“In an attempt to remain viable in the “Unlimited backup” business, other providers have introduced measures to inhibit the growth of storage such as bandwidth throttling, excluding files over a certain size, or exclude certain file types such as photos and videos from the default backup sets. Rather than claiming to offer “unlimited” backup while imposing bandwidth or file limitations, we want you, our users, to decide what you want backed up and in return Mozy will provide you the best possible service level, with no hidden restrictions.” –From MozyHomes website.
According to Mozy, the vast majority of it’ customers will be happy with the 50 GB plan as their data will fit comfortably within that 50 GB that can be purchased for a dollar more than the extinct unlimited plan.
In my personal opinion, the unlimited data plans were excellent for the consumer but not for the company as a whole. It almost appears as if they are trying to get a better handle on the costs associated with adding additional storage by limiting the amount they need at any given time. With these tiers in place they will be easier able to manage and maintain the current and future storage needs, and although they most likely have plenty of storage available it helps to be able to better forecast future usage. Bummer for the customer, good for Mozy.
Here at BVA we were recently going through the process of trying to find a suitable online backup solution that would fulfill all of our business needs. Specifically the ability to do bare metal restores, system state backups, and brick level mailbox restores using an online utility. The solution I have decided to test is Tomahawk Automated Offsite Backup which does offer all of these features. Tomahawk also offers “Seed Copy Assistance,” which for backup sets over 40GB they will send you a USB drive, you do a local backup using their software, and then send it back to them. NOTE: The online utility does not actually do the bare metal restores or system state restores itself, it utilizes functions already built into the Windows OS to complete the tasks.
Some of the other features that I am going to be testing are the exchange brick level restores, 2003 system state backups, 2008 bare metal restore, and the Shadow Protect restore option that they have available with their service.
I will be updating this blog continuously as I step through the testing process.
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