Enter the Time Machine with Dolly Drive

Enter the Time Machine with Dolly Drive

Summary: Cloud-based backup, archive and recovery for your Mac. What's better than that? A hard drive sent to your house? They do that too.

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For personal file archives, backups and recovery, what's better than a Dropbox account, a Carbonite subscription, a hot clone, an external disk backup and a personal backup concierge service? How about a service that combines all of those types of services together into a single service? That's what Dolly Drive is. For Mac owners, Dolly Drive has your back and your backup.

You probably have several cloud service accounts plus an external USB drive that works with Time Machine to keep everything in order and all of your important files safe. But, what if there were a better way?

You know there is.

It's Dolly Drive.

For as little as $3/month, you can enjoy cloud-based backup, cloud-based storage, a hot clone and a seeded backup. The seeded backup has a one-time fee of $50 to create the initial full backup of your system copied to Dolly Drive's cloud.

I spoke with Anthony Palermo, Co-Founder and CEO of Cirrus Thinking, LLC. Anthony’s main tasks include Technology Strategy, R&D Development, Infrastructure, Software Development and most then all Visionary of Cirrus Thinking, LLC. Anthony has collaborated on a number of projects involving architecture, engineering and development of IT services.

Wow, a CEO that actually gets his hands dirty and fully understands the technology behind the company he fronts. What a concept. Anthony's a practical guy and a problem-solver. He built Dolly Drive out of his own need for a solid backup, a single account for file and backup access and access to his files on any of his devices from anywhere.

And, how simple is it? Here's an excerpt from the Dolly Drive FAQ:

Beyond connecting to the Internet regularly, you’ll need to:

  • Subscribe to Dolly Drive services (no contract, no setup fees, nothing more then a monthly subscription that you can stop at any time).
  • Install the Dolly Drive preference pane and add your authorization account.
  • Set up Time Machine as you normally would, select Dolly Drive as your backup storage and exclude anything you wouldn’t want backed up.
  • Start backing up!

And, you don't have to worry about someone grabbing your data on its way to or from its destination because all Dolly Drive traffic traverses the Internet through a secure tunnel. Your username and password pass in an encrypted form as well.

If you're still wondering if Dolly Drive is right for you, check out their video tutorials and watch how easy it is to use their services.

Oh, and by the way, in case your inquiring mind wants to know, Dolly Drive isn't built on Amazon or any other commodity cloud storage service, they built it all from scratch. This means that actual Mac users built the service exclusively for other Mac users. It's not an add-on or afterthought from a non-Mac company.

Are you a Mac user? If so, what do you think of Dolly Drive? Talk back and let me know.

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Kenneth 'Ken' Hess is a full-time Windows and Linux system administrator with 20 years of experience with Mac, Linux, UNIX, and Windows systems in large multi-data center environments.

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  • Oh, I see now

    When I saw "Dolly Drive" I thought they where talking about a pair of really big drives.
    William Farrel
    • +100

      +100
      Synthmeister
  • What a rip off...

    Service is only so-so and good luck getting a refund when you want to cancel. Despite several requests and numerous assurances from Mark Ross (Director of Client Services), it has been nearly four months and no refund. This company is a joke.
    rws1773