Mozy has launched its namesake online backup service in the UK and Europe, providing consumers and small businesses with continuous backup of data files to a secure online repository.
Available immediately, the Mozy service provides an automatic backup of vital information for the PC and Mac, enabling users to recover data if their hard disk has crashed, their laptop has been stolen or destroyed, or if they have simply deleted a file by accident.
The service has been available in the US for several years, but Mozy now has a European presence with datacentres located in the European Union, local domain names (the .uk site goes live today), and subscription pricing in European currencies.
Keeping a backup of data is a vital process, but is notoriously neglected by consumers and businesses. The problem is that it is time consuming and complex, and Mozy was created to solve this, using a secure off-site location for backup data at the same time, the firm explained.
"We're trying to provide an automated backup solution where people don't have IT professionals to take care of this process for them," said Russ Stockdale, chief marketing officer for Mozy, which is owned by enterprise storage firm EMC.
This is accomplished using a "set and forget" model, according to Stockdale. Users select the file types and/or folders they wish to protect, and the Mozy client on their PC makes a complete backup to Mozy's datacentre followed by regular updates with any new files or changes, so long as the system has an internet connection.
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