Saturday, 4 August 2012

Mozy Data Backup–Backing Up Into the Cloud

Mozy LogoData backup is something many do automatically, and others (like me until just recently) don’t pay enough attention to because we think ‘it’ll never happen’.

Deciding, as I was about to go away for three weeks, that the time had come to take the plunge, I did some research and decided that data backup service Mozy was going to be my cloud of choice.

Founded in 2005, Mozy has more than 3 million customers and 80,000 business customers backing up 90 petabytes of information to multiple data centres around the globe.  It is backed by VMware and EMC Corporation.

For those of you out there who as I was, and haven’t properly got around to it, I suggest you click on this Mozy link right now.  Firstly it’s very reasonably priced (there are different levels depending on how much space you want) and secondly it couldn’t be easier to set up.  Forget the discs (does anyone do that any more?) and the physical hard drive – you do all of this online.

One of the best features of Mozy to my mind, having got the backup out of the way, and particularly ifstash you, like me, do quite a bit of travelling, is the ability to sync your most active data across multiple computers.  This facility is called Stash

First download the Stash software onto your PC and transfer into it the documents you want to be able to access regularly and from anywhere, those most important to you.  Note that they will move across totally from whatever files they were in previously to Stash and will be held only there.

Then download Stash onto your laptop, iPad or wherever else you want to access them from remotely.  They will be synced constantly.  Every time you make a change it will appear in your Stash document.

You can also access Stash (and Mozy) via any browser.

There are many other backup and sync options out there – this is one I have tried and tested.  It’s simple, and it works. 

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