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Mozy raises pricing of online backup
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David Hartsock
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February 2, 2011 - 6:22 am
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Mozy announced they are dramatically raising their pricing structure - http://mozy.com/home/newplans

What does that mean for current users?
Time to ask yourself if the "cloud" based backup service is worth the cost. If not then time to look for other providers, or develop another backup plan. Some providers, such as [url=http://b5.crashplan.com/consumer/store.vtl:3dfuljny]CrashPlan{[/url:3dfuljny] are even offering discounts for Mozy users who switch.

I won't editorialize this too much, but this is only one of the reasons I, personally, won't trust my data to an online service.

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Good point Dave, one I hadn't really considered. Once you are locked in, there is really nothing to prevent any of these online backup services from increasing their charges.

One thing for certain, Ziggie won't be too pleased!!

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February 2, 2011 - 8:33 pm
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Good point Dave, one I hadn't really considered. Once you are locked in, there is really nothing to prevent any of these online backup services from increasing their charges.[/quote:5gu3pis9]
Definitely too many variables involved in "cloud" storage, let alone cloud computing for it to be reliable for quite some time. I won't even start a "they have access to all of your data" discussion.

It's kind of a "we've got you locked it" moment when you take into account someone who is truly relying on this type service to backup irreplaceable content. Look at a photographer, or maybe a musician with a ton of data, say 100GB. With a 1Mpbs connection upstream connection you are looking at 10 days and 9hrs to re-upload that data! That's 100% available bandwidth 24 hrs per day for over 10 days!

One thing for certain, Ziggie won't be too pleased!![/quote:5gu3pis9]
Ah. It's only money!

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For me, Mozy was only one part of my backup strategy (it handled the offsite functionality). Since I'm on a plan with no bandwidth caps (for now), re-uploading to another service is not a huge deal.

Do they have access to my data? Yeah, but so what - there's nothing there unencrypted I actually care about.

Mozy's move came as a surprise to me - not that they raised their prices, but in how much. My $50 / year plan is going away and shifting to data based rates, which puts me at $280+ / year to keep my current account. I'm not a mathematician, but a jump that large seems more likely to scare away their customers then to attract new ones.

~shrug~

I'm locked in for the year, as I pay a year at a time. It will be interesting to see if Carbonite and some of the others follow suit or keep their prices down to drive Mozy out of business.

So long Mozy. It's been a fun 6 years, but I won't be back.

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February 4, 2011 - 12:59 am
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Ah, there you are Zigmeister...we were beginning to wonder where you'd got to.

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February 4, 2011 - 7:30 am
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Do they have access to my data? Yeah, but so what - there's nothing there unencrypted I actually care about.[/quote:21fl9vf8]
Zig, I wasn't referring to you, personally, but more to those less knowledgeable who may not understand encryption, or not even realize that their data [i:21fl9vf8]could[/i:21fl9vf8] be viewed by someone else.

I'm not a mathematician, but a jump that large seems more likely to scare away their customers then to attract new ones.[/quote:21fl9vf8]
In my opinion it is a move to prune the heaviest users from their system - a cost saving method(although a piss poor one). In this instance I really think the bad press is going to counteract any (internal) positive aspects. Heck, you would think they might have considered an incremental increases over time, instead of a 500% wallop!

So long Mozy. It's been a fun 6 years, but I won't be back.[/quote:21fl9vf8]
I bet many others will march away with you. I just see all the re-uploading as such a waste of time and bandwidth, especially for anyone under ISP caps.

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February 4, 2011 - 7:05 pm
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Ah, well. Yes. In theory, Mozy: [quote:3efx2plo]
We protect your files with military-grade encryption

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A thought occurred to me last night:
I have 2 TB of throwaway data (Recorded TV on my DVR) that I think needs to start being backed up....

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February 5, 2011 - 11:59 am
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A thought occurred to me last night:
I have 2 TB of throwaway data (Recorded TV on my DVR) that I think needs to start being backed up....[/quote:2uek6mr7]
Pure evil, Zig... I like it!

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February 17, 2011 - 8:08 pm
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I'm proud to say that my backups of 300 GB is now 2.4 TB.

Mozy can hold that until my contract is up. Then...whatever.

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