Backify is a new company which offers a series of different online storage services. What makes Backify interesting when compared with other similar companies is the fact that they offer up to 512GB of free storage. Yes, you read it right, that is 512GB of totally free storage. For example Mozy charges $6 a month for 50GB. Backify also provides other deals with unlimited storage and a Dropbox-like briefcase storage - i.e. Backify creates a folder on your computer and the files in that folder are then synced to all linked computers. 

  Backup Backup + Briefcase
Backup Storage 512GB Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Briefcase Storage N/A N/A 512GB 1TB 1.5TB 2TB
Number of Computers 1 Up to 5 Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Monthly Price Free $6 $10 $15 $20 $25
Yearly Price Free $36 $60 $80 $100 $120

All plans include automated backup utility, which is available for Windows, Mac OS X and iOS (no word on Android support). Your data can also be accessed through Backify's website, meaning that your files are available anywhere you go. Briefcase plans also include document editing support within the browser.

Backify's speciality is streaming. You can stream music and movies to your iPhone and iPad straight from the cloud, no download is required. Cellular network is supported too so you aren't even stuck with Wi-Fi. Streaming also works through Backify's website, and all you need is a gadget with Internet access. 

If Backify can provide all this, it sounds like a killer online storage service. The storage you get is massive, 512GB, and that's without paying anything. For as low as $3 a month, you can get unlimited storage. For example Apple's iCloud offers only 5GB and Dropbox 2GB of free storage. We hope to review Backify in the near future to see if they keep their promises. 

Source: Backify

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  • Kristian Vättö - Friday, October 14, 2011 - link

    Nothing, of course. Having one account may be easier though since all data is under the same account (think about streaming for example).
  • ImSpartacus - Friday, October 14, 2011 - link

    Wouldn't Crashplan make sure that all the computers have identical copies of the data?

    So you could stream with equal effectiveness with any of the Backupify accounts, right?

    I'm seriously considering this. Dropbox has been good to me for documents, but my media collection could easily fit within the half TB limit.
  • ImSpartacus - Friday, October 14, 2011 - link

  • Kelemvor - Friday, October 14, 2011 - link

    Exactly I use Dropbox for the easy transfer of files around but all my media and things doesn't fit. Might try this just to see how it works. I still have local copies on 3 machines via Synctoy so if it doesn't pan out, no big loss.
  • jramskov - Monday, October 17, 2011 - link

    The problem with Crashplan is that it doesn't really support network connections. I have a fast connection (25/25MBit unlimited fiber) and I wanted to setup offsite backup for my family so they could perform remote backup to my Synology NAS. I installed Crashplan on an old thinkpad and mounted my NAS to that. It started out okay and Crashplan sees and uses the mounted NAS but a reboot of either the NAS or the Thinkpad makes it somehow impossible for Crashplan to see/use the existing data there.

    I also tried getting Crashplan to run directly on my NAS, others have gotten that to work, but I didn't. It would be pretty cool if Crashplan provided an official client for Synology NAS.

    I am now using Duplicati instead:
  • Red Storm - Friday, October 14, 2011 - link

    If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.
  • The Fold - Friday, October 14, 2011 - link

    So I just signed up for the free account to have a look and downloaded their software.

    The package that downloaded is Livedrive, which for anyone who hasn't seen it before is developed by, another online backup/storage company who also offer reseller packages for a low monthly fee.

    This makes me dubious about the usability of the briefcase feature as when I trialled livedrive once before it was not only slow to upload files to but whenever I want to view a file it downloaded the whole thing to local storage, which isn't what I was after.

    For backup only purposes, this service may well be a good deal, but I'll probably stick with Backblaze until someone says this thing is the best since sliced bread.
  • Spivonious - Friday, October 14, 2011 - link

    If the service is free, they're making money of off you some other way.
  • ImSpartacus - Friday, October 14, 2011 - link

    Or they have enough cash to operate long enough to get people hooked so they can change to a paid model (a la Mozy).
  • zorak4now - Friday, October 14, 2011 - link

    Have a look at They offer the same thing also for free. No questions asked. Their mission is to help as many people as possible with good backup.

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