They say you always remember your first car, but in this industry I find that also holds true for your first computer. Do you remember yours? Mine was a clone of an IBM XT, the first PC to come factory-equipped with a hard drive. While IBM’s XT came with a paltry 10MB drive, my mighty clone came with a massive 20MB! I also remember my first IT-provided computer: a Compaq Portable, known at the time as a “luggable” because it tipped the scales at a hefty 28 lbs.
Fast forward to today, and things couldn’t be more different. My phone has roughly 1,000 times the capacity of my first computer. We shift from device to device—many of which are no longer owned and managed by the IT department—working whenever and wherever we want or need to. And while this way of working has a whole lot of good to it, it also brings new challenges.
Socially, we navigate the perils of texting drivers, and “always on” lifestyles. Professionally, this paradigm raises new challenges (and opportunities) for managing and protecting our information.
As IT attempts to manage and protect the data moving among all these devices, “accidental architectures” can inadvertently spring up comprising a mix of consumer cloud services, as well as business-grade on-premise solutions. Even then, important corporate data lives beyond the reach of the IT department, unmonitored and lacking any form of corporate control or protection.
However, just as the environment has evolved, so has Mozy. Over the years, we have launched an enterprise version, a mobile access solution, better upload technology, better interfaces and improved our restore function. And, today, we’re launching the next generation, which not only adds great new user features but will also help organizations deploy a flexible protection storage architecture for powerful, scalable integrated data protection.
Since Mozy joined the EMC backup portfolio at the beginning of this year, we’ve been steadily improving its enterprise capabilities. This summer, we announced the “Foundation Release,” a fundamental update in the technology that underpins the Mozy service. As a result, Mozy is now designed from the ground up to provide enterprise manageability for corporate customers and their users’ ever-changing array of devices.
Today’s release builds on that foundation to deliver the next generation of people-centric features, including:
- Greater cloud administrative tools for Enterprise IT: Enhanced storage management saves time and money involved in provisioning and managing backup across thousands of users and devices.
- Enhanced end-user experience: An integrated Mozy Sync folder keeps files updated and available across multiple computers and mobile devices. Mozy also introduces new functionality, which ensures faster initial backup times and greater bandwidth efficiency when backing up large files.
- New Partner resources: New API support enables partners and resellers to manage Mozy with their preferred Remote Monitoring and Management (RMM) or Professional Services Automation (PSA) systems.
All wrapped up in the unprecedented cloud security and controls that businesses have come to expect from Mozy—and that’s enough to make any CIO sleep easier.
In addition, MozyEnterprise now becomes the public cloud component within the EMC Data Protection Suite. This means EMC customers and partners can extend their individual Protection Storage Architectures to include cloud data protection for desktops, laptops, mobile devices and remote offices.
What This Means…
As with the rest of IT, the ways of doing backup are evolving. Customers are looking for more visibility and control into the protection of their data, wherever it lives, and they are requiring new levels of flexibility in how they deliver protection services within their organizations.
Increasingly, customers are turning to hybrid approaches to backup, where some data is protected locally, while other data is better suited for the cloud. Others will want to build and manage their own private cloud, and still others will want to leverage the efficiencies of the public cloud.
Whatever the scenario, the challenge for IT is to avoid the “accidental architectures” that can result from traditional backup when disparate unconnected protection tools are deployed with no central oversight or cost control to meet SLOs.
Smart businesses know that the best way to do this is to take control of the cloud services used in their organizations. And when that’s achievable with one comprehensive approach to data storage and protection, it’s even better.