Both Mozy and SugarSync are excellent cloud storage services that took the two top spots in our cloud storage rankings. So which one should you sign up for? We take a look at the 3 categories of price, interface and features to help take out the guesswork and get you the best service for your needs.
1. Price. For those who want to try out the service, SugarSync allows users to sign up for 5 GB of storage at no cost. If you would like to purchase a subscription, the lowest tier plan of 30 GB is $4.17/mo when you pay up front for a year, and just $4.99/mo month to month. The important thing to note is that this subscription covers an unlimited number of computers, so you can back up and sync them all if you need to.
If you pay 2 years up front for Mozy, the price after using our promo code, NEXT, comes out to $4.45/mo, and the month-to-month plan is $5.10/mo. These prices are for the lowest tier of storage, which is 50 GB. The important thing to note is that unlike SugarSync, this subscription only covers one computer. If you want to back up additional computers it will cost you an extra $2/mo. Though you can't back up all of your computers, you can still sync folders from multiple computers together by installing the Stash folder on each.
2. Interface. For both Mac and PC, SugarSync has an awesome desktop application that lays out your backup plan in an attractive way. You can use the interactive screen to drag and drop files into different computers and devices for syncing as well. On the Mac, the Mozy interface is set in your "system preferences" application, integrating really well with the Mac software. The PC application is a simple desktop pop-up that shows you which files you have backed up and allows you to set your backup preferences. Mozy follows the Dropbox model when it comes to syncing files. You can install a Mozy drive on all of your computers and simply drag and drop files and folders in there so they show up in the same folder on a different device.
3. Features. When you delete files from your SugarSync account, they move into a folder similar to the recycle bin on your PC or trash on Mac; they can easily be restored. Deleted files stay on Mozy's servers for 30 days, and you also have the ability to roll-back a file to a different version. Both services have nice sharing features, though we found SugarSync's to be a bit more advanced since they also have the ability to set write permissions and passwords.
The bottom line? It all comes down to how many computers you want to back up. If you have multiple computers to back up, then SugarSync is the clear choice. If you only need to fully back up one computer, but still want the ability to sync a couple of files (say, between your home and work computer) then Mozy is a great option. If you want the simpler choice, go for Mozy. If you want advanced sharing and syncing features, then SugarSync is the way to go. Check out the compare page to look at them side by side.Cloud Storage