Since its introduction as part of OS X 10.5 Leopard in 2007, Time Machine has given Mac users an easy way to back up and restore files. From the beginning, though, Time Machine’s design has made it less than ideal for certain backup needs. As time has passed, backup products have evolved. How does Time Machine compare to the competition today?
Solid-state storage has helped to raise the wave of portable computer alternatives that has hit the market over the past few years, and 2011 is likely to see that technology become more affordable and better performing.
Dropbox is an amazingly useful combination of a Web service and a Mac OS X program that work together to make your data accessible from anywhere and to keep it synchronized between your computers.
Aside from its compact design, the G-Drive Slim doesn’t visually set itself apart from the pack, and it carries a slightly stiff price tag. But although it’s marketed as a companion external hard drive for MacBook Air users, it’s nonetheless a sleek, speedy option for anyone needing ultraportable USB storage.
A slew of Web services offer affordable online backup for your Mac including Backblaze, Mozy, Carbonite, JungleDisk, Dropbox, and CrashPlan. These services are often simple to use as well: you install software from the service on your computer, and it backs up your files over the Internet.
Synology America Corp, a manufacturer of network attached storage devices for homes and businesses, announces the release of its newest server, the Disk Station DS1511+.
Drive dock optimized for--but not limited to--Seagate's GoFlex portable drives offers syncing software, direct hooks into social networks, and file sharing.
Pogoplug Biz lets small groups of users easily share and back up to USB storage, both locally and online.
Code42 has released an update to its CrashPlan+ online backup utility, adding new backup options that offer users increased flexibility for their backup schemes.
Mozy's updated online backup service, Mozy 2.0, features performance and stability increases, as well as new interface changes that make it easier and faster to run, monitor, and restore backups.