EMC Mozy Launches iPad, iPhone Apps for Cloud Storage

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-04-01 Print this article Print

The company will also be providing a similar version within the next few months for use in Android mobile devices.

If consumer software makers don't know this by now, they must be living in some other world. It's now mandatory to make your application work on devices other than notebook and desktop PCs.

They had better be optimizing their handiwork for smartphones, connected music players and tablets, or they'll be missing the train.

Cloud storage backup provider EMC Mozy joined this ever-growing trend March 30 in launching a new mobile application for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch. The company said it will also be providing a similar version within the next few months for use in Android mobile devices.

Because Mozy's mobile apps run as native applications on all devices, consumer subscribers to the storage service are able to access all their files independently in their MozyHome storage holders. For example, users can view documents and open them in other applications, such as a browser.

They also can preview photos as thumbnails, download those they want to see in higher resolution, and post photos and videos to Facebook accounts, Mozy said.

The new app is available for free download by MozyHome subscribers in the iTunes App Store for U.S. and Canadian users for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad devices running iOS Version 4.0 and later, Mozy said. The Android app will be available later this year in the Android Market; it will work on devices running Android 2.0 or later, Mozy said.

A similar application for MozyPro, the company's business-level service, will be available at a later date, Mozy said, as will versions available outside the United States and in languages other than English.

Mozy, founded in 2004, claims more than 1 million consumer customers, 70,000 business users and 70 petabytes of information stored at its multiple data centers around the globe.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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