Mozy 2.0 Adds Local Backups

Mozy (s emc), the popular cloud backup service, today announced the availability of Mozy 2.0 for Windows (s msft). The latest version of the client software boasts an improved interface, faster upload speeds and decreased bandwidth usage (Mozy claims that backups are up to 25 percent faster), and a new feature: Mozy2xProtect, which enables users to automatically make backups to local drives in addition to Mozy’s data centers.

The new local backup feature should help to address one of the biggest concerns of using cloud storage/backup, which is that you’re trusting your provider with your critical information. By having your own redundant backup locally, you’re minimizing the risk of data loss (and a local backup should be quicker to restore from in the case of a catastrophe, too).

The new Windows client is available for free for both MozyPro and MozyHome customers. Mozy 2.0 for Mac (s aapl) should be coming later this year.

If you’re a Mozy user, let us know what you think of the new client and its new local backup feature, in the comments.

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