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Online Storage Buyer's Guide

Web-based storage providers, including Jungle Disk, Backblaze, Mozy, and CrashPlan, keep your data secure and accessible with backup, synchronization, and file sharing features.

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For Windows and Mac users, SugarSync offers an extensive feature set, including real-time upload, versioning, and full-folder backup. On installation, SugarSync creates a "Magic Briefcase," a folder that automatically syncs to other computers you have with SugarSync installed.

Backed-up files are accessible online and from a wide range of mobile devices, including iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, and Android, with the mobile Web site optimized for mobile browsers. Sharing is also robust, with the ability to share files of any size, share folders with permissions and passwords, and initiate direct publishing to Facebook. In addition, the service supports music streaming to Web clients and iPhones.

For individuals, SugarSync offers plans ranging from 30 GB for $4.99 per month to 500 GB for $39.99 per month. Business plans start at 100 GB for three users at $49.99 per month (introductory pricing of $29.99 now available), with additional users costing $9.99 per month per person and additional storage available at $29.99 per 100 GB.


Mozy, an EMC-owned company, performs automatic or scheduled backups of user data, including opened and locked files, and encrypts files locally before uploading to the Mozy data center. Data can be restored through the Mozy software client, through the Web, or by ordering DVDs containing your data.

MozyHome, for individuals, costs $4.95 per month, $54.45 per year, or $103.95 for two years. Free accounts are available with 2 GB of storage. Additional licenses are required for additional computers, although they can be added to the same user account.

MozyPro, for businesses, creates an online backup for network drives, servers (including SQL and Exchange environments), and employee laptops and desktops. Included with the solution is Mozy 2xProtect software, which also backs up Windows users to a USB, external, or mapped network drive. Desktop licenses are licensed on a monthly basis for $3.95 plus $0.50 per GB per month. Server licenses are $6.95 plus $0.50 per GB per month.

For Further Reading

Cloud Storage's Role In Backup, Part I

InformationWeek Storage Blog

Google's Got Your Backup Syncs Cloud With Desktop

Amazon Launches $0.10 Per Gigabyte Online Storage

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User Rank: Apprentice
11/29/2011 | 4:56:18 AM
re: Online Storage Buyer's Guide
These services are great in that they offer backup for both Mac and Windows, making them easily adaptable. Another service that is compatible with the two is LiveDrive. I recommend reading this comparison of Livedrive vs. MozyHome. It outlines the different qualities of the two and I found it to be very helpful.
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