Mozy is a very powerful and easy to use backup solution. This is the backup solution The Computer Peeps recommend for most of our clients.
We recommend Mozy because it also has functionality to backup your files not online off-site, but also to an external hard drive. Redundancy is key when working with sensitive database backups, such as the ones generated by your consignment software.
We’ve been utilizing Mozy as our backup system for Peeps’ clients for nearly three years now. We haven’t had a single issue with Mozy and each time we’ve had to use it to recover files, it’s always worked without issue.
The benefits to Mozy are:
- Selective file backup, so you can pick individual files or specific folders to include in your backup process
- Scheduling feature, so backups only take place after-hours
- Handy “receipt” on your screen each morning, letting you know backups went without a hitch the previous night
The drawbacks to Mozy are:
- The free version only offers up to 2 GB worth of storage
- Mozy currently does not offer a file-sync solution (although Mozy Stash file sync is currently in public beta)
We really like Mozy’s selective backup option, especially when utilizing Mozy in conjunction with consignment software. While some of the consignment programs allow you to specify where your backups go by default, not all of them let you configure a backup path.
For example, ConsignPro has no backup option to tell it where to backup to each day. Instead, you must either let ConsignPro backup only to a specific drive letter OR to the default location in Program Files.
Liberty does let you set a backup path, but the RWMaint backup utility doesn’t. RWMaint is Liberty’s additional backup/database maintenance application. It will only store its special backups in one folder.
This is why Mozy’s great in both of these examples. Since the consignment programs don’t offer a path setting in the examples above, we can tell Mozy to go and get the files. Problem solved!
For the most part, Mozy is still the primary backup solution we recommend for clients.