EMC-owned cloud storage outfit Mozy will become significantly less cloudy with plans to include local backup in its next release.
Mozy v2.0 for Windows will backup to local hard drives as well as to the cloud, recognising that cloud backup and restore can take a long time.
Abandoning a purely cloud-based model is a bit of a come-down for the firm. It will supporting USB-connected hard drives - EMC is no doubt hoping that customers will buy Iomega ones.
The new Mozy facility, Mozy 2xProtect, is included in Mozy 2.0, and automatically backs up files to an external hard drive in addition to the cloud so you get double protection of your files, and get it faster.
Mozy 2.0 lets you pause or throttle a cloud backup on the computer it's operating on if you want to do something else with your broadband link, such as have a Skype phone call. It also backs up around 25 per cent faster to the cloud, Mozy claims, and the GUI has been improved to be simpler and quicker to use.
You can get the software on the web from MozyPro and Mozy Home. ®