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Mozy’s Crystal Ball

The future of cloud data protectionEach year, our boffins at Mozy put their sizable brains together to make some predictions about what the future holds for cloud data protection.  This year’s predictions feature everything from phablets to trust.

Businesses adopt people-centric approach to backup

Traditionally, businesses have looked to back up specific app data or devices but many of them are reconsidering their approach and putting data owners at the heart of the equation.  As knowledge workers increasingly want to access their data across multiple devices, protecting and restoring data is less about being able to take the data from one specific drive and restoring it to another and more about protecting all the data associated with an employee across devices and enabling them to restore it where they need it.

 

Phablets and hybrid tablet-laptops present new challenges

Just as businesses are getting on top of protecting the data that moves between laptops, tablets and smartphones, a new challenge comes along as more primary copies of data are generated in mobile applications on next-generation devices.  Endpoint backup will increasingly include requirements to protect devices that never see a corporate network.

 

Cloud sentiment ceases to inform cloud adoption

Polls suggest that large numbers of people remain skeptical about putting data in the cloud, yet adoption of cloud services continues to rocket.  We expect this trend to continue as increasing numbers realise that they need to get over their preconceptions about the cloud if they want to see the benefits it can bring.  Just as someone might feel uncomfortable with the idea of flying but still boards a plane in order to enjoy a holiday or visit loved ones, we are witnessing more and more organisations realise that the perceived risks of using the cloud are often unfounded and pale in comparison to the benefits.  Organisations that take their first steps on the path to the cloud often quickly move from deploying just one application to implementing many others.  The objections don’t vanish but they’re put in context and pragmatism prevails.

 

More VARs transform from backup resellers to cloud aggregators

Resellers who have made their first entry into the cloud market are broadening their horizons with wider portfolios of cloud services.  Developments in management solutions are empowering resellers with tools that allow them to monitor multiple cloud services from a single pane of glass.  This lightens the burden of management and means that resellers can stay on top of a package of solutions that they can offer to their end-user customers.  This all adds up to bigger sales and more margin.

 

Hybrid backup entrenches and evolves

In 2013, we saw growing numbers of businesses realize that their data protection strategy should include both public and private cloud solutions.  We expect this methodology to become entrenched through 2014.  We also see hybrid backup evolving so that the decision of what data is moved to the cloud is made using more intelligent criteria than simply ascertaining which device it’s primary copy is stored on.  Data on endpoints will be prioritised and sent to the most appropriate targets, whether that be flash, discs or the cloud.  Hybrid approaches to storage will also include hybrid devices and we expect to see more businesses backing up to private clouds

Tablet time

According to new figures, on Christmas Day, 17.4 million new Android and iOS tablets were activated worldwide.  17.4 million! That’s nearly twice the number of turkeys roasted in the whole of the UK to celebrate the holiday and 2.5 times the number of devices activated on the same day the year before.

 

But, once you’ve got your new tablet, what do you do with it?  To start with, there’s obviously Angry Birds and distorting pictures of your face so that you look like an alien.  But, by now, of the 17.4 million people who unwrapped their tablets on Christmas Day, there can only be a handful that aren’t looking for a bit more from their new devices.

 

And that’s where content really is king!  What you can do with your tablet will come down to what you can get on your tablet.  Or, if you’re a Mozy user, what you can Stash!

 

Stash, along with the Mozy App, allows you to move your data between your computers, smartphones and tablets, either automatically, or on demand.

 

Start a document on your laptop in the office, add to it on your smartphone on the train and finish on your tablet when you get home.  It’s simple with Stash.  Got photos on your laptop, pictures on your phone and snaps all over the place?  Flick through all your photo albums in one place on your tablet.

 

If you’re one of the 17.4 million Christmas tablet owners – or one of the 4 million people a day who buy a new tablet – why not check out what Stash can do for you?  You can even get your first 2GB for free.

Out of sync! Mismatched present wins prize

Out of sync - pathetic present wins prize

Mozy is proud to announce the winner of our Pathetic Presents competition.  Conor Buckley won with the mismatched present he received from his wife.

“It was funny but a little disappointing to find out that I’d bought my wife a new MacBook for Christmas and only got some novelty boxer shorts in return,” says Conor.  “But winning an iPad in Mozy’s competition really makes up for it!  I think that Mozy’s great and now we’ll be able to use Mozy Stash to synchronise data between my prize and my wife’s Christmas present.  Hopefully, that way, we’ll be more ‘in sync’ with our Christmas presents next year!”

Thanks to everyone who entered the competition.  We had some truly great (awful?) entries – it’s a good job you guys have such a great sense of humour!

We’re sorry that we couldn’t make you all winners but, if you didn’t win the prize, we’d still love to give you a free gift in the form of our MozyHome Free accounts.  Simply visit www.mozy.co.uk/home/free to download a free account.

We’ll be offering other chances to win with Mozy in the future so stay tuned!

Congratulations Conor!

That was the year that was!

What a year 2011 was!  The News of the World closed, two Royals got married and a dog called Fenton won international fame when he accidentally shepherded a herd of deer into the road.

And things haven’t been standing still at Mozy either.  In 2011, we saw:

-       The launch of the Mozy app for Android and iOS devices allowing access to all your backed-up data wherever you are

-       The launch of the new Mozy restore process making getting your data back easier than ever

-       An improved web access experience

-       The start of the private beta for Mozy Stash in the USA that will allow easy syncronisation of files across multiple devices.

And 2012 is set to offer more of the same with the public beta of Stash on the horizon and new features and functions for both MozyHome and MozyPro so stay tuned to the MozyBlog to be the first with all the news!

In the meantime, we’d like to wish everyone a very happy New Year from all of us at Mozy.

The New Year’s resolution you can actually keep

Nearly two thirds of Brits planned to make a New Year’s resolution this week, according to research from insurance comparison service Go Compare, with weight loss topping the list.
After the excesses of the Christmas holidays, it’s no wonder that people are in the mood to shed a few pounds. However, most of us know that, in spite of our best intentions, our resolve will simply dissolve before we have the chance to see our goals through. 54% of people answering the survey admitted they would probably have broken their pledge by the end of January. And many of us us have probably given up already.

So, why not make a resolution that requires just one action today but will continue to bring you benefits throughout the whole year (and many years to come)?

Getting organised and protecting your digital life is a great resolution and couldn’t be easier. Signing up with an online backup provider like Mozy only takes a few minutes, you simply create an account and choose which types of files and folders you want protected. From there on in, every important document you create, digital photo you take or music track you download will be protected in the event that your computer is lost, damaged or stolen.

Plus you can do the whole thing sat on your sofa whilst you watch the telly. Which is more than can be said for taking up jogging. You may have to put down your chocolate bar whilst you type in a user name – but that only requires restraint for moment or two and even I can manage that.

Clean up with backup

Returning to the office after the Christmas break can be a bit of an eye opener. Throughout the year, we see the pile of papers growing on our desks page by page, and the emails (read and actioned but unfiled) stack up in out inboxes. And it all grows so quietly that we barely notice them. But, after all that ‘resting the eyes’ that we’ve indulged in whilst lounging over the holidays, the sight of all those files can be overwhelming in the New Year.

So, in between your personal resolutions to lose weight and to save more money, why not take some steps this New Year to get organised in the office too?

Here are our top tips to help you out:

1) Sort the wheat from the chaff
Before filing, backing up or doing anything else, it’s important to understand what data is important to you. Most of us use just a fraction of the documents that we have. Storing defunct documents not only incurs costs, it also makes it much harder to find the data that you need.

2) Know which data you’re required to protect
The Tax Office, industry associations and many other organisations require certain documents to be available for inspection years after they are created. Make sure you know what you need to keep before you get bin happy. Then make sure you protect it – ‘the dog ate my tax return’ isn’t going to wash with the authorities, no matter how true it may be.

3) Understand what you need access to most
File trees and alphabetical filing is logical but if it takes 18 clicks to get to your most-used documents, they aren’t practical. Archive what you use least and what you use most will be easier to find.

4) Make sure that your confidential documents remain confidential
Password protect your devices and files – especially if you’re carrying data on USB sticks that are easily lost or stolen. Consider using a solution from a supplier like Snuko to lock down your data if it falls into the wrong hands.

5) Make sure you have a backup plan
Once you’ve got your documents in order, don’t risk losing them all! Online backup providers like Mozy can create a copy of your documents (in a replica of the file structure that you use on your own computer) online that you can access if anything happens to your primary copy.