Carbonite to offer Mac online backup

Now Carbonite wants my online backup business. We’ll see about that….

A couple of days ago I wrote about my frustrating experience with Mozy’s online backup service for Mac. This morning I heard from David Friend, the CEO of Carbonite, a popular online backup service for PC users. Apparently they’re about to start testing a Mac backup option. Here’s what he said:

“I read your post about Mozy’s Mac product not working very well. Sorry to hear that. Hopefully ours will be a lot better — it’s looking very good so far. We been testing Carbonite Online Backup for Mac and the public beta will be starting within a couple of months. Our Mac front end was designed by a well-known Mac development house that does a lot of work for Apple, so they really know the Mac environment. The testing has been going great. The beta program will be free, of course. If you or your readers would like to participate in the beta program, just send and email to and we’ll notify as soon as the beta program officially starts.”

Ah, another beta… Hopefully this one will be free. I don’t mind so much being a guinea pig (within reason), but I hate paying for that “privilege.”

What the hell, I’ll sign up. We’ll see how this one goes. Wish me luck.
But in the meantime, I’m still looking for a more immediate and proven option for Mac-friendly offsite backup. Suggestions, please?