Today, individuals and small businesses have tons of options for backing up their important documents, photos, multimedia files, and other data—and to store their data “in the cloud,” so it’s accessible on any Internet connection. Port Chester-based MiMedia offers both services in one. “Just like you put your money in the bank, not under your mattress, we believe that people will want to store their priceless data and media in secure data centers outside of their home or business,” says co-founder and CEO Erik Zamkoff, whose 15-employee company is in the old Fruit of the Loom building on Westchester Avenue.
MiMedia uses a “Netflix-style” method of collecting the initial copy of data. MiMedia mails new subscribers a plug-and-play “shuttle drive,” which copies data in a fraction of the time required to upload data over an Internet connection. “Our shuttle drive can take one-hundred fifty gigabytes of data and load it in four hours,” Zamfkoff says, “versus thirty days over a broadband connection.”
After the back-up is complete, users send by mail in a pre-paid box the encrypted shuttle drive and, within a few days, MiMedia begins to sync with the user’s computer to update its copy of the data with any changes that have occurred in the interim. MiMedia also allows users to store files on its virtual “m-drive,” allowing users access to their files via an Internet connection or iPhone/iPad. “Not only do you have back-up,” he says, “but you no longer need that flash drive in your pocket.”
MiMedia offers monthly and annual options, starting at $5 per month or $50 per year for 25GB of storage.