In the past few years, the cloud backup services have become very popular. The main reason of their popularity is their versatile use across many platforms, devices and networks as well as the ability to access your cloud data from anywhere in the world. Now Zoolz has come up as a new player in this field and they are offering 100GB of free storage for the first 1 million users who sign up with them. Zoolz is a cloud backup storage service for all your requirements. You can use it to store your pictures, videos, music, documents and everything else that’s filling your computer’s hard disk. Unlike any other cloud service, they offer the full backup of your hard disks, externals drives and network drives.
Here are some of the noteworthy features of Zoolz:
1. Complete backup of your computer including internal, external and network drives.
2. Encrypts your data with strong AES 256 bit cipher.
3. Displays previews of uploaded pictures, music, videos from the web interface.
4. Can resume incremental backups of disconnected drives automatically.
5. Supports clients and apps for Windows, iPhone, iPad and Android.
Zoolz offers both the cold storage and the instant storage services. The difference between the two is that restoring of the files from cold storage backup takes about 3-5 hours, while the restoring of your files from the instant storage is done instantly. Consequently, the cold storage services from Zoolz are cheaper than the instant storage services. The price for 100 GB cold storage is $3/month while that for instant storage is $9/month.
To begin with, you should sign-up with Zoolz on their website. After a successful sign-up, you would be shown a download link for the desktop client for Windows. If you are a Mac user then you will have to wait as they are still working on the Mac client software. The desktop client for Windows, starts up in a wizard mode asking you login information, selection of the folders or disks you want to backup, configuration for backup schedule (you can choose to backup every 4 hours, 12 hours or 24 hours) and encryption (you can choose your own password for encryption or let Zoolz use an internal password) etc.
Once these steps are completed, Zoolz places an icon in the Windows system tray. The right-click menu of the Zoolz system tray icon has many options like opening Zoolz website, running or pausing the backup, restoring files and toggling between smart and turbo backup mode. The smart backup mode uses optimal amount of system resources and the internet bandwidth depending on the user activity. The turbo mode runs the backup at full throttle and can consume a lot of internet bandwidth.
Double-clicking on the system tray icon opens up the Zoolz Dashboard where you can choose what you want to backup through data selection, restore your files and change settings. In the settings, you can select the upload speed limits, change the backup schedule, decide if you want to run Zoolz automatically at startup, display cloud storage icons for backed up files, enable Windows right-click context menu and more.
The right-click context menu integration in Windows File Explorer is very useful. Using this you can just right-click on any file and backup it to the cloud storage. You can also view the different versions of that file that exist on the cloud storage. This way you can restore a previous version of an altered or corrupt file easily.
The web interface of Zoolz cloud storage shows all the computers that you are backing up. You can select a computer from the list and it will display all the folders and files you have backed up. Clicking on a media file would open it in your web browser. The picture files are displayed in a photo viewer app while the music and video files are played in your web browser. The mobile apps for Zoolz are also able to stream the videos and music directly from your cloud storage. There are options to delete, view versions and restore your files too.
Zoolz is the first cloud backup that is offering large storage starting from 100GB for backing up your files. In the 100GB cloud backup you can store all your videos, music collection and pictures without worrying about space limitations. All your files are encrypted with the AES 256 encryption cipher so that not just about anybody can access them. Zoolz makes use of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) for a very robust infrastructure.
You can apply for a Zoolz account from their website at http://www.zoolz.com/.