Every business and every individual should have at least one (and preferably two) kinds of data backup. It's just common sense. I'm always aghast when I encounter someone who has essentially no regular, reliable backup solution in place. My home office has a Windows Home Server, which backs up every PC in the house every evening automatically. But in addition to that, I have an account with the online backup service Carbonite. That gives me a secure offsite backup for my most critical PC. Unfortunately, the dynamics of cloud backup pricing may be about to change.
The two biggest online backup services -- Mozy and Carbonite -- have traditionally changed roughly the same thing. About $50/year buys you unlimited data. Last week, though, Mozy announced new rates. Instead of unlimited data, Mozy now charges $6/month for up to 50GB, and then $2/month for every 20GB after that. That means just 100GB, for example, costs $12/month, or almost $150/year. You seriously don't want to do the math on a terabyte of storage.
Competitors like Carbonite haven't increased rates yet, but it's just a matter of time; previously they kept themselves in check by offering roughly the same services for the same all-you-can-eat pricing. And now Mozy has gone a la carte.
Also, don't forget that if you have a very small business and have been using the personal version of Mozy thus far, it might make sense to switch to the Mozy's business-class service, MozyPro, which costs $4/month plus $0.50/GB and supportsa multiple PCs.
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