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Four key questions to ask your cloud provider

What questions should you ask before trusting your data to a cloud service?  Not all cloud services are the same and by not asking key questions up front, you can leave your business exposed.

 

To highlight what can happen when you trust people with your data without checking them out first, Mozy carried out a hidden camera experiment asking a series of strangers in a coffee shop to look after a laptop.  Find out what happened:

 

 

 

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What should our man have asked before trusting anyone with his data?

 

  • How long will you look after it?

Just as some of our participants only protected the data for a limited period of time, not all providers are in it for the long term. Find out how long the provider has been around and how committed to the market it really is.

  • Will you look at my data?

Some participants in the experiment thought the data on our laptop might be of value to them.  Some cloud providers will scrape your data to create anonomised information to sell on to advertisers.  Encryption and privacy commitments are essential here – make sure your cloud provider has them.

  • Will you leave my data vulnerable?

Some of the people in our experiment did very little to keep the data safe, leaving it unattended as they left the coffee shop and went about their business.  Some cloud providers don’t encrypt data and some take physical security more seriously than others.  Make sure that your cloud provider is storing your data on enterprise-class equipment, in tier 4 data centers and in an encrypted state at all times.

  • Can anyone take my data?

In the film, we saw someone take the computer they were trusted with but we also had people who let a computer be taken from them.  Data can be intercepted when using cloud services if the provider has failed to secure it.  Ensure that your provider offers end-to-end encryption and transfers data over an SSL connection.

 

For more advice on what to ask before choosing a cloud provider, check out this whitepaper from IDC.

Next Generation of Mozy Boldly Goes into New Areas of Cloud Data Protection

Star Trek: The Next Generation launched in 1987 – more than 10 years before Google was founded, four years before the first GSM-based mobile phone was built and 13 years before the iPad. Yet the creators of the show had the vision for characters to communicate with mobile devices, search their computers for information about anything and interact with them using touch-screen technology.

 

Today, we’re all “Next Generation” workers. Sure, we may not be beaming about exploring strange new worlds where we seek out new life and new civilizations, but many of us work long distances from our corporate offices, at home, at customer sites and on the move.  We all carry mobile devices, whether they’re smartphones, tablets or laptops, and we expect to be able to work across them accessing files and tools.

 

But this brings with it two huge challenges for IT departments to balance: How can they enable this style of working without compromising security; and how can they protect the information that is created on those devices – especially if they’re part of a BYOD program.

 

Next-generation workers require a next-generation cloud-based data protection service – and that’s what we’re announcing today.

 

Earlier this year, we talked about the introduction of new technology underpinning the Mozy business that radically changed the way that we think about data, enabling us to put people, instead of machines, at the heart of our methodology.  Today, we’re unveiling the new features that we’ve been able to build on top of that. Together, they offer a faster, easier-to-manage service with additional tools to help make customers more productive and further options for how to buy from us.

 

There are three new feature sets in the next-generation Mozy service:

 

  1. 1.     Greater cloud administrative tools for Enterprise IT

Enhanced storage management saves time and money involved in provisioning and managing backup at a device level.

 

  1. 2.     Enhanced End User Experience

An integrated Mozy Sync folder keeps files updated and available across multiple computers and mobile devices. Mozy also introduces new functionality, which ensures faster initial backup times and greater bandwidth efficiency when backing up large files.

 

  1. 3.     New Partner Resources

New API support allowing partners and resellers to integrate with their preferred Remote Monitoring and Management (RMM) or Professional Services Automation (PSA) systems.

In addition, MozyEnterprise® now becomes the public cloud component within the EMC Data Protection Suite, which allows customers and partners to mix and match the usage of individual products to best fit their requirements, while lowering their total cost of ownership and providing investment protection. This means EMC customers and partners can extend their individual Protection Storage Architectures to include cloud data protection and access tools for desktops, laptops, mobile devices and remote offices.

 

Without a business-wide data protection strategy that includes backup, access and personal sync, people typically take matters into their own hands, adopting disparate, unconnected, often consumer-grade solutions to meet their immediate needs.  This can quickly lead to “accidental architectures” that are, at best, difficult to manage and monitor, and can put business-critical data at risk.

 

The next-generation Mozy service offers an alternative to businesses by enabling them to consolidate their cloud backup, access and personal sync into one service that provides industry-leading administrative functionality.  And, now that MozyEnterprise is part of the EMC Data Protection Suite, it’s even easier for organizations to build their public cloud solution into a holistic approach to their backup business wide.

 

We’re launching the next generation of Mozy services to boldly go into new areas of data protection – and we want you to come with us.  To find out more, visit our next-generation website, also launched today.

 

 

Mozy Online Backup Video finalist in Computer Weekly Awards

We really enjoyed making our Back Up; Don’t Smash Up video, so it’s great to find out how many people enjoyed watching it too!

Hundreds of thousands of people have watched, shared and ‘liked’ the film in which we asked people on the streets of London if they would be willing to smash their old laptops in exchange for a brand new Mac Book.  That makes us very happy.

We were also really happy to find out that the video was commended in the Best IT Video category at the Computer Weekly Social Media Awards last night.

Thanks to everyone who stopped in the street to take part in the video – especially our the two proud owners of new Macs whose backup was up to date and who were confident nothing would be lost when we took a mallet to their laptops.  And, of course, thanks to everyone who voted for us!

If you still haven’t seen the clip, here it is again.  Keep watching and remember: back up; don’t smash up!

That tune is smokin’!

According to a report in today’s Metro (www.metro.co.uk), Saturday’s fire at the London Park Lane Hilton sent Black Eyed Peas’ Will.i.am into a spin as he hurried to protect his laptop, which contained the latest edits of the band’s new album.

It’s moments like these that make us realise just how valuable the information on our computers really is.

Now, you may not have the only version of the next multi-platinum-selling album saved to your hard drive, but each of us has our own precious stuff there that we’d hate to lose.  That’s why having a backup copy of the files you treasure is so important.

Mozy customer Beth Lutz knows just what it’s like to lose everything in a fire.  You can hear her story, and how Mozy helped, in this video:

Mozy online backup explained

Earlier this year, Russ Stockdale, the CMO of Mozy, the world’s most trusted online backup provider, travelled to Ireland to talk about the launch of www.mozy.ie.

SiliconRepublic was there to capture the event on film.