12-09-2009 11:12 AM
Note the last paragraph - it is tasty, too!
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12-10-2009 04:06 AM - edited 12-10-2009 04:13 AM
Yeah. Norton Online Backup 2.0 is available now with new and much awaited features. The most demanded features were the support for Mac platform and deleting the specific unwanted data files from the backup which were missing from version 1.0. Along with this, there are many interesting features such as sending invitations to add your friend's computer to Online Backup, search specific files, backup of files which are in use by other applications etc.
You can read about the new features here:
Plankton, the last paragraph in that PCMag article is really tasty! Do you have any story to share?
12-10-2009 04:30 AM
I'm also glad they added support for file versioning. This might make me switch away from Carbonite since NOBU also supports multiple computers. But how does versioning count toward the online backup size limit? Do each versions of a file add up to the space used? Can we control how many versions are kept?
Will Norton360 v4.0 also support file versioning?
12-10-2009 10:55 PM - edited 12-10-2009 10:58 PM
The versions will not use as much storage as one might think because the block-level, incremental backups affect only what is new or has changed in the file. We set the limits to automatically save the previous 90 days worth of versioned file backups. That means even if you update the file and then it automatically backs up, that is one version, but then if you make changes to the file and do a manual "Backup Now" then you will have 2 versions on the same day. So technically you could even have more than 90 versions of the same file out there.
And adding to the functionality, say you later delete the file from your computer and thus do not make any changes to it (um because you deleted it). But after 90 days you realize that you want to use that file for something else. Well, you can log into Norton Online Backup and go pick up the last archived version which will remain in your storage until you purge it. (BTW, purging gets rid of all versions of the file and reclaims that storage space for your account.
I am not allowed to pre-announce any features of Norton 360v4, but if you use the Norton Online Backup with the same Norton Account as your Norton 360 online backup, you will be able to see up to 90 days of versioned history for your Norton 360 endpoint.
12-13-2009 01:05 PM
The versions will not use as much storage as one might think because the block-level, incremental backups affect only what is new or has changed in the file.Message Edited by JeffKyle on 12-10-2009 10:58 PM
I find that statement of your very interesting. What is "block level"? You break down each files into blocks where only the changed blocks are backed up? And that regardless of file format?
12-18-2009 11:16 AM
Yes MarcP, that is correct, we do a binary scan and compress and encrypt everything that is applicable that is new and has changed. Thus not only are the backups secure, they are optimized for quicker transfer into the cloud to our data centers while being able to maintain multiple versions of the file upon retrieval by the user.
12-18-2009 11:37 AM
Thanks for the reply.
That is a very smart way of handling data and an important feature that you should advertise to alleviate the concern than 25GB might not be enough. When my carbonite subscription runs out, I will seriousy consider nobu 2.0.