Every online storage company seems to jump onto file sync lately. And frankly, that makes sense. People are being more and more mobile, they have several devices and create constantly new data that they need to access from everywhere. Mozy is one of the major online backup services out there (which by the way I can highly recommend if you don’t have huge backup needs) and a few days ago they released a new feature of their offsite backup solution called Mozy Stash.
To be honest they’re damn late. I would say too late. Are they really going to compete against services like Dropbox, or are they just trying to avoid losing customers that way? The latter seems more likely to me. In terms of sync, Dropbox is huge and even more powerful services like Bitcasa are ramping up with unlimited syncing space. But this shall not be a rant about Mozy’s shortcomings in terms of sync. I’d like to give Stash a legit try and see how it works.
Also, Stash is still in beta. That’s why I wouldn’t recommend using Stash right now as your primary syncing provider. In my testing everything worked well, but this shall not give you a false sense of security. That being said, let’s head over to some features:
Obviously, this is the main feature. You can now sync your files among a variety of devices, provided they are either a Mac or Windows PCs, currently there is no version available for Linux. In this test I tried to sync a folder with some party pictures I shot last weekend. These were roughly 100MB of files, so nothing fancy on that side.
If you are a Mozy customer you can download and install Stash by loggin into your account. On the right hand side you find the option to download the Stash beta version for you machine. After installing Stash adds a folder to your file system called “Stash” but you can change that as you wish.
As a paying customer you either have a 50GB account or a 125GB account. The space you have available depends on how much data you have backed up with Mozy. So if you have 25GB of files and have to 50GB version you are left with a nice 25GB of syncing space.
Syncing quite slow
In my testing syncing was still quite slow. It took 13 minutes to sync all the selected pictures. I will cross test the speed with Dropbox in this week, so stay tuned for that test. Although I expect dropbox to be a lot faster as it also support LAN sync.
For 50GB you pay only $5.99 per month other syncing providers charge double. So this is a very good price point. However, if you use your current Mozy account also for backup purposes the 50GB are getting full pretty fast. Also, I believe that this is not going to stay that way if you their FAQ:
MozyHome paid subscribers who sign up during the beta can count on having Stash as part of their ongoing subscription at no extra cost.Mozy will announce new MozyPro and MozyHome subscription plans which include Stash in the near future.
Mozy gives you a 2GB account for free, so this is the same size you get with Dropbox. However, you can’t increase your syncing space with Invites.
No file sharing?
As of today Mozy Stash does not offer file sharing which is a shame. I hope they’ll add that quickly as this is crucial to me. Of course I want to share the best moments of the party with my friends showing them how wasted they were “Naah I didn’t drink that much”, that’s what they always say…
I personally love Mozy’s security. It encrypts your files with a 448bit blowfish encryption so that your backup but also your syncs are safe. The only provider I feel even more comfortable with in terms of security is probably SpiderOak or JustCloud.
Yes, this is an unusual short review to the ones you normally find here. But it is just a beta and I’ll have to include Stash in the main Mozy review anyway. So it is a little early for a final verdict. What bugged me a little was the speed. I hope they’ll improve that a lot for the final release. Also, I do think Mozy has do revamp their whole plans structure to be on top of the competition. Limited plans are just not up-to-date anymore. They were once heading into the right direction as they startet out with an unlimited plan but then they canceled it, unfortunately. Anyway, I hope I could show you what is possible today with the new Mozy Stash in this little review.
Have you tested Mozy Stash, then please share your thoughts. Do you have any question, I love to help, just leave a comment!
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