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Mozy axes unlimited backups

Storage plans are better, securer, pricier
Tue Feb 01 2011, 16:50

ONLINE STORAGE FIRM Mozy has taken an axe to its unlimited data plans. Users of the service will be limited to less cloud based storage, but it is for the greater good.

Mozy announced its unlimited service cull in a blog post, and we imagine in emails to its customers, in which it told the world that an increase in video storage was driving up storage costs.

Increasing costs don't go down well at the best of firms, and here Mozy said that the changes will help it better manage user data protection needs.

The majority of customers will find their monthly charge rise, by around a $1 a month, for which Mozy will provide them with protection. Some users will find that their costs fall, those that require backups from three or more computers, but we assume that these will be the minority.

"Increasingly better quality capture devices and our growing tendency to use these devices almost reflexively-necessitate that the online backup industry must adapt," said Mozy president, Harel Kodesh. "Companies like Mozy must now account for the storage demands of customers who are increasingly more habitual about capturing memories as digital media."

A small price rise is apparently preferable to shutting down, which Kodesh said had been the decision of a number of competing firms - AOL's Xdrive, HP Upline, and Mediamax. Others, he added, throttle the bandwidth they deliver to users, meaning, we guess that backups start to get their backs up due to their slow progress.

The prices apply to new subscribers from now, but current users get a month's grace before having to part with extra cash. Current long term subscriptions, up to annual ones, will also be honoured, the firm added, until their term runs out.

Mozy's new prices are $5.99 per month for 50GB and one computer, and $9.99 for 125GB on up to three computers. Additional computers, or an extra 20GB, will set you back another $2.00 per month. µ



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