ITworld’s story EMC, “Lenovo Offers Unlimited SMB Backup Service” sounds like a great deal for Lenovo laptop buyers until you get out a calculator. Turns out the deal will cost Lenovo users an extra $24.30 per year. Don’t you feel Lenovo’s and EMC’s love for you? Or is that for your money?
Buy a Lenovo SL laptop, be a small business, and you get this special “deal.” It could be that the story is just worded oddly and some facts aren’t clear, but to me, it appears this new deal costs more than regular MozyHome service. For one laptop per year, Lenovo or some other brand, MozyHome charges $54.90 for unlimited backup storage. That’s a good deal, and sticks with the normal range of about $5 per month all their competitors offer as well. Carbonite is their best-known competitor, but there are plenty of online backup services today.
Do the deal with Lenovo and EMC, the huge data storage company that bought Mozy last year, and you get to pay $79.20 per year. Don’t you feel special, forking over an extra $24.30 per year for unlimited storage over the price paid by MozyHome users?
It could be the new deal is a new flat price for unlimited storage on MozyPro, which charges $3.95 per month plus another 50 cents per gigabyte stored. If so, that could be a good deal for some users with lots of data to backup. Buyers with only a few gigabytes of backup needs will pay less for the regular MozyPro service, however.
Is this a sucker deal from Lenovo and EMC/Mozy, or just a badly explained new program? I can’t tell, but I can tell you Lenovo isn’t excited enough to announce this on their Web site. If they don’t care, why should we?