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Popular Online Backup Service Mozy Finally Hits UK

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Popular Online Backup Service Mozy Finally Hits UK

While we've been pretty impressed with Carbonite, the online backup sector has one larger player who had mysteriously remained unavailable in the UK - until now...

Mozy has finally made the trip to the UK and Ireland this month offering its two automated backup products 'MozyHome' and 'MozyPro' to consumers and businesses. Both lines offer the ability to protect data with military-grade (448bit) encryption which is stored only on European based data centres.

The differences between the two lines are very simple: MozyHome provides 2GB of storage space for free with users able to upgrade to an 'unlimited' space for £4.99 per month. As for MozyPro this adds in 24/7 tech support and the ability to manage online back-ups across multiple computers from a central location which comes in at £3.99 per computer. Server licences cost £6.99 per month.

Amongst Mozy's most high profile customers are China Telecom, McAfee, Vodafone and Clearlybusiness (a wholly owned subsidiary of Barclays Bank) so it certainly has business acumen.

Of course - on the consumer front - it will also run into competition from the hugely impressive Dropbox which not only provides 2GB of online backup space for free (50GB is $9.99pm, 100GB is $19.99), but also automatically synchronises data across multiple computers in real time.

Combine its threat with that of Carbonite and Mozy definitely isn't entering a sleeping market in the UK - especially considering drive based back-up is still the most popular form of data storage. Still Mozy has pedigree and its arrival should see competition kicked up yet another notch in a sector which is only going to get bigger as broadband speeds increase.


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Robert Elliot

April 30, 2010, 10:41 am

Check out SpiderOak - 2gb free, $9.99 for 100gb from as many computers as you want, works with mac, windows or Linux, does deduplication and synchronization, makes your data available as shares or via a web interface and via an iPhone app.


April 30, 2010, 1:40 pm

Eh? I've been using it for years....

Is the story that they have now got their eurpoean data centres on line?

Virgin should be using this as their back up solution. Their current one sucks in comparson to Mozy.


April 30, 2010, 2:19 pm

I've been using Mozy for over a year now - they didn't mind that I was in the UK, I just had to pay in dollars. Fantastic online backup solution, you just 'set and forget' and it does its job quietly in the background, the way backup should be.

I'm sure others offer a similarly impressive solution though.


April 30, 2010, 2:51 pm

Yes, I was a bit puzzled by the headline too as I've been using Mozy Home since April last year ($104 for a two year sub). Works a treat, although the Mac interface could do with a few tweaks.


April 30, 2010, 2:57 pm

This maybe explains why recently Dropbox increased the amount of storage avaliable from referrals up to 8GB from 3GB. You get 250mb from each referral.


April 30, 2010, 5:13 pm

Think I'll be sticking with Mozy US, given their UK branch seems to be under the impression that £1 == $1


April 30, 2010, 5:43 pm

whats wrong with MS skydrive with 25 GB free? Use SD explorer as drag and drop interface. Couldn't be easier and no annoying subs


April 30, 2010, 6:00 pm

@all - Mozy was asked to comply with EU law that European customer data is stored in Europe. Previously this wasn't the case, so it is the first time the company has officially offered its service to UK customers with UK pricing and stored their data locally.


April 30, 2010, 11:48 pm

After researching the various options, I've been with Dropbox for 6 months. Not because of the storage offered, or the higher tier pricing, but because it integrates seamlessly on my Windows and Mac machines, and does the job without me noticing it.


May 1, 2010, 4:04 am

These services will really come into their own, when they are covered by proper regulation. Until then, they can't be considered as reliable enough for backups. Unless these companies have the balls to insure your potential losses, then I can't trust them with my data.


May 1, 2010, 6:41 pm

$1 = £1 again. When will these comanies get it that this just pisses off UK customer off. Assuming US backup is secure I can live without the EU compliance for my backed up images.


May 4, 2010, 10:37 am

HAs anyone ver considered that Mozy and Carbonite are actually pretty lame in comparison to what is avalable on the market today? You can't even share a file you upload with Mozy!!! You can't edit your documents and photos online, you can organize and manages your backups online .... you really can't do anything except restore your documents!!! To me that seems pretty 1990's to me in comparison to what is possible in the world of computers now-a-days. I guess it's like to word "cloud compuing" - that's been around for 40 years and everyone thinks it's a "new" concept. A simple backup-or-restore service like Carbonite and Mozy has been around since the 1960's and somehow people think it's a wonderful and amazing service.

Time to get yourselves up to date people, and realize Mozy and Carbonite are 20 years behind the times.

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