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Online Backup Providers Add Mac Support

EMC signaled its intentions to break into the consumer space today with an enhanced version of its Mozy online backup software, which can now handle data from both Windows and Mac devices.

Previously, Mozy was just for Windows data,” says Vance Checketts, COO at Mozy, which EMC bought for $76 million last year. “Now it’s also for Mac, starting with the consumer, and moving soon to a business version.”

The exec added that the consumer market for Mac-based online backup is massive, as evidenced by the fact that there have been 43,000 beta downloads of the MozyHome for Mac product.

Mozy is touting its Mac offering as an alternative to local backup devices from the likes of Maxtor of LaCie, pushing online backup as a way for users to protect data from natural disasters and even theft.

MozyHome for Mac, which is available now, costs $4.95 per month for unlimited storage capacity, although Checketts told Byte and Switch that Mac-based versions of the higher-end MozyPro and MozyEnterprise offerings will be launched in the summer.

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