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Livedrive Challenge Mozy To Backup Battle

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Livedrive Challenge Mozy To Backup Battle

One online storage company is attempting to start a war of words between it and one of its competitors by offering disgruntled customers a 25 percent discount.

An email arrived in our inbox today with the declaratory subject line: “Mozy vs Livedrive : THE STORAGE WARS BEGIN.” Reading on, we discovered that online backup and storage provider Livedrive has jumped on its rival Mozy’s cancellation of its unlimited package by offering dissatisfied Mozy customers a 25 percent discount charging them just $50 per year. Livedrive has also pledged to maintain unlimited online storage for the next year.

Mozy changed its pricing and package structure on Monday, dropping its unlimited backup plan. The new package allows customers to back up 50GB on one computer for $6-a-month, or 125GB on up to three computers for $9.99-a-month. Those currently on a Mozy unlimited plan can keep their unlimited backup until the contract runs out. So, should you have paid a yearly subscription recently, you’ll continue to have unlimited backup for most or all of this year. For all other existing customers, the new plans will take effect on March 1.

Feeling left out because you are not a disgruntled Mozy customer? Fear not, as Livedrive has told us they will also be offering 100 free annual subscriptions to tweeters picked at random who follow the official Livedrive account and publish the following phrase: “Follow @livedrive_com and RT to win one of 100 free annual online backup accounts OR get 25% off here http://j.mp/eLUFd4”

Explaining the increase in costs, Mozy said that people are backing up more and more data every year driving up costs, however Livedrive CEO, Andrew Michael countered by saying: “It’s true that users are storing more and more data, but it’s also true that the cost of storage – both for business and consumers – is shrinking just as fast. The Livedrive storage platform is scalable and highly cost effective, but most importantly, it grows with our customers’ needs. It’s about being clever with what you do.”

Livedrive stores over 10 billion files from over half a million paying customers. Mozy users can sign up for Livedrive at the discounted price by visiting http://www.livedrive.com/mozy. While Mozy’s announcement will have disappointed many, Livedrive’s offer will be welcomed and could herald a number of offers from other competitors, such as Carbonite and Dropbox. We look forward to the battle to come.

Source: Livedrive

SBa06

February 2, 2011, 1:23 pm

I use Google : £5 a year, 20gb, all smoothly integrated with google apps

bartonfizz

February 2, 2011, 2:24 pm

You can get 25gb from microsoft skydrive for free! Obviously doesn't integrate so well with google apps.

Brian Carter

February 2, 2011, 2:34 pm

I use Carbonite which is 130 USD for 3 years, unlimited data. Getting at files remotely is possibly but slow...but that's not what it's for. It's just a fire & forget backup system.

SBa06

February 2, 2011, 2:57 pm

Actually, Its 30gb (not 20gb). Not that it really matters I'm only using 3 gb. I preffered google as I use picasa, google docs (recently updated), and android. Also, I noticed that some of the smaller compnaies in the past have changed the terms and conditions or even shut down, something I hope google doesn't do.

Pbryanw

February 2, 2011, 3:24 pm

I use Crashplan+ which has offered a 15% discount to Mozy switchers, and it's also an unlimited service. I've tried Mozy but found their software lacking. Also had a trial of Livedrive, but I don't think they offer data de-duplication features (the ability to detect duplicate data & eliminate the need To back It up again) like Crashplan+. Please correct me if I'm wrong on the data-duplication, as it's a while since I've used Livedrive.

David Gilbert

February 2, 2011, 5:23 pm

@Pbryanw I spoke to Livedrive about this and they sent back this reply:





Livedrive does do deduplication - exactly as they (which is you Pbryanw) described it. Once a file has been uploaded it doesn¹t need to be uploaded again - even if you add it from another computer or both back it up and put it on your Briefcase etc.





I'm not sure this is "exactly" you describe it regarding detecting duplicate data but hopefully it will be of some help.

Pbryanw

February 2, 2011, 7:58 pm

@David Gilbert - Thanks for clarifying David. I think the problem I had maybe wasn't data de-deduplication - it was specifically to do with a large 220MB file, which my e-mail program was constantly writing to. It kept on getting re-uploaded instead of just the changes made to it being backed up. I was told by support that in this case a full copy of the file is uploaded by Livedrive, and saved as a new version.





If it wasn't for this nibble, I'd probably have gone for Livedrive, especially with the great reviews it's had, the iPad/iPhone streaming Apps, and it being a UK comapny

WyWyWyWy

February 2, 2011, 9:03 pm

I was really interested in online backup services at one point, but the speed of broadband in most of the UK makes it unusable!





(I barely got 800kbit/s on a 8mb/s connection!)

Aitch

February 4, 2011, 2:57 am

Have been wary of these online backup services - how secure is your data with them?

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