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Dropbox Doubles Space To Squeeze Out Competition

It looks like the marketplace for storing and syncing your important files in the cloud is growing. In response to recent competition, Dropbox is now doubling the amount of space for users who pay monthly for increased storage.  Those users are also getting the opportunity to gift 100GB of free storage for three months to friends and family.

I received the email below yesterday:

Hi Adria,

We’ve got some great news for you – we’ve doubled your Dropbox Pro plan! Instead of 66 GB, you now have a healthy 118 GB for the same price! With all this space for your amazing photos, videos, and large files, your Dropbox will never have to go on a diet again.

As an extra thanks, we’d like to let you share a 3 month trial of Dropbox Pro 100 with a friend, colleague, or family member. Head here to get started.

Thanks for being a Dropbox Pro user!

– The Dropbox Team

P.S. Learn more about the new Dropbox Pro plans.

Just like how Paypal came out with a weird looking device to compete with Square, Mozy announced they would be offering Stash, an online file storage competitor to Dropbox, it seems the floodgates for copycat startups and investors hoping to cash in on the cloud storage cash cow are here in full force.

Since signing up as a Dropbox users, I’ve put out tweets with the special referral link each Dropbox user gets so if someone signs up, you get free additional space (here’s my Dropbox link if you’d like to sign up to get 2GB free plus help me get more space for my geek files).

On the smartphone I’m testing out for T-mobile, the HTC One S actually gives you an additional 23GB of Dropbox storage for 2 years so that was a nice bump in storage.  Think of all the mobile photos and videos people are capturing.

I personally have been very satisfied with Dropbox in terms of performance and reliability.  A few months ago I lost some files because someone I was sharing with deleted them from the folder.  I think she gathered we each had our own copies and she was looking to free up hard drive space.  Since then I’ve signed up for Drobbox’s packrat add-on which costs me $3.99/month but allows me to keep files forever without worry of deletion.  Another way to address this when sharing files with other via Dropbox is to do the “get link” option which turns the Dropbox into a public folder and basically gives read only access.

I now have 118GB instead of 66GB each month from Dropbox.  Woohoo!

Are you a Dropbox user?  Do you use other sites like Skydrive or Google drive?

Who would you trust the most if there was a catastrophic data center failure?

Mozy Backup Dropped The Ball On Customer Support Today [VIDEO]

After being both a Mozy Home and MozyPro customer since 2007, I’m sorry to say that Mozy has gone down the slippery slope of low quality support and outsourcing, the same as Dell did a few years back.

If you remember the Dell Hell post Jeff Jarvis did a few years back, it was about his horrible experience of Dell passing the buck.

Well, welcome to the club Mozy. #fail

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Amazon Crashes The Cloud

Just when we thought things were looking up for SMB and enterprise to move into the cloud via Google Apps, Salesforce and distributed file and database hosting, Amazon loses control over their cloud services hosted in Virginia.

It’s now on day two of the outage and really big social media services like and Hootsuite have experienced serious downtime. Countless other sites running using Amazon’s services for ecommerce and product delivery have also been affected.

A big thank you to Arik Hesseldahl on his post documenting a large list of Amazon E2C sites affected by this outage.

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