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Mozy, one of our favorite online backup services, continues to expand into new niches. This time around they have their focus on Mac-heavy networks. Specifically, they’re adding MozyPro for Mac to their existing lineup of MozyHome for PC or Mac and MozyPro for PC.
The idea of the “Pro” line of Mozy tools is to give network administrators a way to centrally manage backups, but they’re also useful for home users who manage more than one computer linked together – as many web workers do. They still use the same basic strategy of installing a resident backup application that ships your files off to Mozy’s servers, but the Pro version has additional features.
MozyPro adds the ability to back up open files with transactional simplicity. On the Windows side, this gives you backup for Exchange and SQL Servers; on the Mac side it can handle iCal Server, Mail Services, and Directory. You also get a unified online web control panel to centralize administration and scheduling across all of the computers that you have enrolled in MozyPro, as well as centralized billing so you don’t have to set up a separate account for each computer. The administrative console in MozyPro can also handle mixed networks of Windows and Mac computers.
This extra power comes at a price: $3.95 per each desktop per month, $6.95 for each server, plus 50 cents per gigabyte per month. That compares to a flat $4.95 per computer per month for the “Home” version of the product. MozyPro for Mac is in open beta right now, but even though it’s listed as a beta, you still need to pay the monthly fees to use it.