Mozy, a popular cloud backup service, has announced that it’s changing its pricing and dropping its MozyHome Unlimited backup plan. Two new MozyHome plans are available: $5.99 per month for 50GB of storage and backing up one computer, and $9.99 per month for 125 GB and backing up three machines. Each additional 20GB of storage or computer to back up then costs an extra $2 per month.
Dropping the unlimited plan represents a significant shift in the Mozy offering. The company says the change is necessary because its users are storing much more information now (particularly photo and video) and backing up multiple machines, and goes on to explain that for most Mozy users, the change will result in a price increase of $1 per month. I imagine that some users will now be investigating other cloud backup solutions still offering unlimited storage, such as Carbonite, CrashPlan (which won TheAppleBlog’s Mac Backup Smackdown last year) or Backblaze.
The new plans are effective immediately for new customers. For existing customers, the change will only come into effect from March 1, 2011, and monthly, annual or biennial plan holders will only migrate to the new plans at the end of their current term. MozyPro users will be unaffected by the change.