Thoughts on Data Backup and Trips To the Dentist

Backing up your data is a lot like flossing; everybody knows you're supposed to do it. In spite of all the warnings, few of us actually listen.   It's not until something particularly nasty happens - like a month's work lost by a hard drive meltdown or a cavity leading to a root canal - that we realize the importance of these good habits, and by that point it's too late.

While we still try and floss, Mozy has eliminated all the excuses for avoiding data backup.

Mozy is a brilliantly simple idea that makes you wonder why you didn't invent it. You download the client software (PC or Mac), select which files or folders you want to backup, and while you are not using your computer, Mozy automatically encrypts and backs up your files to its servers via the Internet. It even archives deleted files for 30 days just in case you killed something important.

Mozy has received rave reviews from The Wall Street Journal, Fortune Small Business, USA Today and PC World for good reason. It offers an elegant solution to one of the great computing risks and inconveniences.   Many Table XI staffers use Mozy as their personal backup solution, and we find ourselves recommending it to clients constantly.

According to the Mozy homepage, "one in every ten hard drives fails each year. The cost of recovering a failed hard drive can exceed $7,500, and success is never guaranteed"... which makes the $4.95 per month Mozy charges seem like a no-brainer.

Then again, dental floss only costs $.99.

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