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All-you-can-store online backup for Mac goes beta

Berkeley Data Systems offers the service for $4.95 a month

April 26, 2007 12:00 PM ET

Computerworld - A small Utah online backup service that recently signed a deal to back up 300,000 PCs owned by General Electric Co. today announced that it is offering Mac users unlimited storage for $4.95 per month.

Berkeley Data Systems Inc., the company behind the Mozy and MozyPro backup services for Windows PCs, launched the first public beta of Mac Mozy today. A limited beta with about 1,000 testers preceded the launch.

"The public beta was built by Mac engineers who understand the needs of the Mac community," said Josh Coates, CEO of American Fork, Utah-based Berkeley Data.

Mac Mozy lets users choose between a Mozy encryption key and a private encryption key to secure the data uploaded to the company's servers. Both incremental backups and block-level differentials are supported, and the service leverages Mac OS X's Spotlight search application; users can select files and folders to back up from Spotlight.

The service requires an Intel- or PowerPC-equipped Mac running Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger). Beta testers can sign up for the $4.95 per month all-you-can-store plan, or the free-of-charge service that limits storage to 2GB.

A Mac Mozy account can be created at the Berkeley Data site, where the necessary software can be downloaded.

Berkeley Data, which unveiled an unlimited online backup for Windows users in December, competes with the likes of Carbonite Inc. in the PC market.

Read more about Mac OS X in Computerworld's Mac OS X Topic Center.

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