Comcast announced that it has partnered with EMC’s Mozy division to offer its subscribers an online backup and storage service, which will also bring in incremental revenues to the nation’s largest cable operator.
With no additional charge, Comcast’s service, which is called Secure Backup & Share, allows Comcast data users to access 2 GB of space on Mozy’s data centers for backing up the hard drives of their home computers. Customers can buy 50 GB for $4.99 per month, or $49.99 per year, or they can purchase 200 GB for $9.99 per month, or $99.99 per year.
While Mozy offers a similar service for $4.95 per month, Comcast’s version allows users to share files such as photos, music and videos.
“As customers create and consume more digital media content, the need for online backup and storage increases significantly. Backup devices, like an external hard drive, can be lost, stolen or damaged in a fire, and even if you put your backup device in a safe-deposit box, you probably aren’t updating it regularly,” said Cathy Avgiris, senior vice president and general manager of communications and data services for Comcast. “Secure Backup & Share is embedded into our high-speed Internet service so you can retrieve and share your personal digital media from any Web-enabled or wireless device. Our cloud-based storage solution will provide our customers with the backup and storage they need today, as well as in the future.”