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Mozy Adds File Sync Services

January 24th, 2012 01:00 admin View Comments

Online backup vendor Mozy, part of EMC, announces this week the addition of file synchronization services called Stash to its lineup. The idea is to have agents on various endpoints that will automatically sync your files everywhere you have Mozy running, to make it easier to grab your files when you are away from your main desktop. The endpoints initially supported include all Windows from XP SP3 and Macs from OS 10.5 and iOS and Android phones, including the Kindle Fire.

After you install the Stash agent on your computer, it links a local folder with the Stash central repository. Any files copied to that folder will be copied to your other Mozy devices. Initially, you can upload photos and videos from your phones to Stash; eventually you will be able to upload other kinds of files too. Stash also sends these updates in real time, while the original Mozy client does its backups on a fixed schedule. It also shares the amount of your file storage allotment with the regular Mozy backups. It will only work with Mozy Home accounts initially, but eventually will work with the Pro accounts later this year. If you have a subscription with one of the earlier Home Unlimited accounts, you will need to set up a new account if you want to try out Stash. During the beta, you can have up to five different endpoints connected to Stash.

Mozy has always had a Web-based client, so your files are always available for downloading via that method Stash makes the sync nearly instantaneous, and puts Mozy on par with a number of other file sync services such as SugarSync, Syncplicity, Microsoft’s Live Mesh and numerous others.

You can sign up for the private beta here. Those who are accepted into the program before April 15 will have Stash added free to their existing Mozy accounts.

Source: Mozy Adds File Sync Services

VMware Changes the Game with Launch of Open Platform

April 12th, 2011 04:00 admin View Comments

VMware Logo White.jpgVMware is launching an open platform today called Cloud Foundry that provides developers with a choice of frameworks., app services and cloud environment.

Developers may launch the platform as a private, public or hybrid cloud environment. It can run inside the enterprise as virtual infrastructure, on a public cloud such as Amazon Web Services EC2 or as a hybrid cloud solution.

The future of the cloud is one about the predominance of platforms. We’re seeing that reality emerge with this news from VMware. It also points to the increasing importance in providing developers a way to build apps without the usual hassles that come with getting them launched by the IT department.

We have been highlighting this issue in the past few weeks in posts about companies such as SaaSGrid, which offers an internal platform for developers. Developers are increasingly adopting Agile methodologies, which is iterative in its approach. Agile requires updates that would normally take weeks to get approved by IT. Setting up a virtual infrastructure like CloudFoundry provides a secure place where developers can do test and development.

Mozy Gets into the Game

Cloud Foundry will be run by the Mozy team, which is moving from EMC and wil be part of VMware. VMware executives explained in an interview yesterday that the Mozy team has the experience of developing a backup service.

Support for Frameworks and Application Services

Cloud Foundry also offers a choice of clouds, frameworks and application services.
According to a draft blog post by VMware CTO Steve Herrod,the platform supports Spring, Grails, Node.js and Ruby on Rails with work already underway for other frameworks. It will be open to multiple services, provided by VMware or other vendors or communities.

VMware Cloud Foundry.jpg

Initially VMware will provide basic services such as a relational database, but the choice will broaden quickly. He wites that other initial choices are MySQL, Redis
and MongoDB. RabbitMQ will soon follow.

Cloud Foundry will be available as a public cloud service at CloudFoundry.com and as software that can be run according to the developer’s choice.

Cloud Choice

Cloud Foundry can be used on public or private clouds. It runs on top of
vSphere and vCloud infrastructure but VMware says it can also run on top of other infrastructure clouds. At its launch today, RightScale is showing how Cloud Foundry can run on top of AWS. Its open architecture means that it can run on infrastructure technologies like Eucalyptus or OpenStack.

It also has a software component. Herrod:

We’ve even shrunk the cloud down to sit on a developer’s laptop. With the “Micro Cloud”, we have a version of Cloud Foundry that runs in a single virtual machine.This gives allows developers to build and test their applications on their own machine, with the confidence that their production environment is symmetrical to the development environment. The Micro Cloud configuration of Cloud Foundry will be available later this quarter from CloudFoundry.com.

CloudFoundry.org

CloudFoundry.org is the community open-source project for the platform environment The code has has been uploaded to GitHub. It is available under the Apache 2 license It will be governed like Spring, which has its roots as an open source project.

Summary

Cloud Foundry plays on the number of acquisitions that VMware has made in the past few years. Spring has been a jewel for VMware but now the other parts are falling into place. RabbitMQ and Gemstone are just two examples. The open play is a smart one. And the flexibility of the platform is key to its success.

Cloud Foundry will without a doubt pose a real challenge to Google App Engine and other platforms such as Heroku and evenWindows Azure. But this is a competitive space with new startups such as DotCloud offering a similar flexibility.

Is VMware now becoming an open-source company? It has the dominance in the virtualization market. Now may be the time it leverages that strength to provide an open environment that gives it leverage across the entire market.

Source: VMware Changes the Game with Launch of Open Platform

iPad for Business Round-Up: Mozy, SharePoint and More

April 1st, 2011 04:07 admin View Comments

The iPad isn’t just a hot new consumer device, it’s also an increasingly popular tool for business. Every week we take a look at the latest developments in its use in the enterprise.

This week we look at iPad-only applications for sales people, a company bringing Microsoft SharePoint to the iPad and other touchscreen devices, Mozy’s iOS app and more.

FatStax

Fatstax screenshot

FatStax is an iPad app for sales people. It was designed specifically for the iPad.

It gives sales staff access to product catalogs while on the road, including offline search. It lets users send information from the catelog directly to customers, or place orders from the iPad. It also has CRM-like contact and lead management tools.

Mobile Entree

Mobile Entree helps Microsoft SharePoint developers create smartphone and tablet-optimized interfaces. It’s not a native app, but a SharePoint add-on. It’s developed by H3 Solutions, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner.

The new version, 2.3, was released this week to provide better support for larger screens.

Mozy

Popular online backup service Mozy released an iOS application this week. At the moment, it’s only available for its consumer-oriented MozyHome accounts, not its business focused MozyPro accounts. The company promises Pro support in the future. When it does, Mozy will join services likeBox and Dropbox in offering business-grade online storage for iOS.

Plus: Dell, Microsoft Execs on the iPad and Tablets

Also this week, Andy Lark, an enterprise marketing executive at Dell, suggested the iPad would fail in the enterprise because it’s too complicated and expensive and Microsoft Chief Strategy Officer Craig Mundie said tablets may be a passing fad.

It’s hard to believe either statement, considering the traction the iPad already has in the enterprise and the failure of competitors like Dell and Microsoft to gain any traction in the market. It seems more like wishful thinking on both executives’ parts.

However, I’m not unsympathetic to Mundie’s position. The iPad has only been around for a year now. What breakthroughs in interfaces and form factors could come in the next 10 years?

Source: iPad for Business Round-Up: Mozy, SharePoint and More

Why Does Mozy Hate Your Freedom?

February 3rd, 2011 02:53 admin View Comments

Mozy, owned by EMC, is a back-up provider. You run their software and they spirit your precious files away to the cloud, on their own (presumably EMC-based) servers. The company, which long offered unlimited back-up of files for a paltry $5 a month, increased their prices and cut the unlimited plan, citing financial problems with the model i.e. it cost to much to transfer and store terabytes of essentially useless information.

We had a bit of an inkling that this would happen but no one wrote about it here because this isn’t ITCrunch and Mozy was apparently as sexy as granny panties to the regular TC crew. We got our first note on January 16 from a Mozy employee:

In the next few weeks, Mozy will be discontinuing their unlimited service offering. Since the EMC acquisition, they have had a difficult time controlling expenses and managing morale and they have lost control of their economic model.

Any Mozy employee can verify this. I suggest you call Mozy headquarters in Seattle, or American Fork, Utah and ask to speak with someone about this. Two of the general managers that are running Mozy: Charlotte Yarkoni, Vance Checketts.

It’ll be announced anyway in a couple of weeks, but it would be fun if you were to scoop it.

And then we got ten more when the actual change happened from people expressing outrage and disgust at the untoward jacking of prices on Mozy’s part from $5/Unlimited to $6/50GB. Heaven forfend that a company retracts its largesse because, as as Howard Marks eloquently puts it, the folks with only a little data are essentially propping up the jerks slapping 600GB into the cloud every night.

But I have come to bury Mozy, not to praise it. The price of hard drives is so low and back-up is so easy that every home user should have some sort of personal storage solution. “But John,” you’ll say, “Mozy helped me keep my stuff out of my house! What if the monster from Cloverfield smashed my neighborhood tomorrow.” Well, first you could call a data bankruptcy and realize that whatever you had in those 600GB of data you were backing up probably wasn’t that important in the first place. Second, you should have kept your special files – 5GB worth of your home directory, your documents, etc. – on a cloud server like Mozy and then kept the rest of the junk – the porn, the movies, the 500 similar images of that one time you went to Scranton – on an external back-up disk. As precious as your memories are, I assure you that you will never print those 10,000 pictures you have stored in iPhoto. Never. Ever.

And don’t give me the old saw about Grandma needing a back-up solution: if you love grandma, you buy her a USB drive and run the built-in Windows or Mac back-up systems in the background. What’s grandma doing that’s so important anyway? Genealogy?

Third, and this is important, Mozy could go out of business tomorrow or, on a whim, delete your files. Flickr deleted some dude’s pictures just for kicks and Youtube shut down our own CrunchGear account recently because of some bogus DMCA claim. These guys are not good at keeping your stuff safe. On that on thine own self depend.

Again, not to belittle the pain of people who got something for essentially free and now are upset when they have to pay a little bit more, but I feel your argument is stupid. Mozy is a business. If you don’t like their practices, vote with your wallet.

Source: Why Does Mozy Hate Your Freedom?

Instructure Launches To Root Blackboard Out Of Universities

January 31st, 2011 01:12 admin View Comments

Mozy Founder Josh Coates launches Instructure today. He’s hoping to disrupt the entrenched player in the University LMS space, Blackboard, and take a big part of it’s $377 million or so in revenue.

In 2007 EMC acquired Mozy, an online backup solution, for $76 million. Coates stayed for another year, then left.

Since then he’s been helping Nepalese refugees integrate into American society, and he’s a big WWII buff. He purchased and restored a M18 Hellcat Tank Destroyer. You can see the restoration process here (he keeps it in his garage). And here’s a video of his wife blowing the crap out of the side of a gravel pit.

I like how Coates rolls. The guy has a fully operational M18 Hellcat Tank Destroyer in his garage.

When he’s not blowing things up or helping other people, he teaches a venture startup coarse at Brigham Young University. And that’s where two of his students came up with the idea of making a better Blackboard. If you’ve been in college in the U.S. since around 2000, you’ll know all about Blackboard.

Last year the company raised around $1.5 million, nearly half from Coates himself, and got to work. They now have 20 employees and working with twenty six educational institutions, some of which have left Blackboard entirely.

Instructive is offering their Canvas LMS product as a hosted SaaS solution. Universities can also download an unsupported open source version of the product, or install a for-fee version with support.

Here’s a commercial the team created for the product, based on the Apple “1984″ commercial. That flamethrower is also his. Watch to the very end to really see it in action.

Source: Instructure Launches To Root Blackboard Out Of Universities

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