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October 19, 2012

Two Backup Providers, Carbonite and Zmanda, Unite

By Frank Griffin, TMCnet Contributing Writer

According to IBM (News - Alert) we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every day, and just in case you are not a mathematician and you don’t use integers with this many zeros, a quintillion bytes of data is one billion gigabytes. It is growing at such a fast rate you will be hearing new names you probably have never heard before, such as yottabytes, brontobytes and of course geopbyte. A huge amount of data is created every day, and whether your organization has 10 people or 5,000 you can have big data. If you don’t take the correct precautionary measures to backup this information you will be vulnerable.

Carbonite a provider of online backup solutions for individuals and SMBs has acquired Zamanda, a global provider of open source and cloud backup solutions. The acquisition is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2012 once closing conditions are finalized.

This strategic acquisition gives Carbonite a company that is a leader in its sector believed to be deployed in over one million systems around the world with its version of Amanda – an open source recognized as one of the best backup platforms for businesses today – called Zmanda.

Zmanda provides backup for file systems, applications, databases and virtual machines that is centralized. It backs up MySQL, Oracle (News - Alert), PostgresSQL, SharePoint, Exchange Server and Microsoft SQL Server running on Windows, Linux, Solaris and Mac OS X.

"With more than twenty years of ongoing development and significant research and development investment from Zmanda in past seven years, Amanda is recognized as one of the most robust backup platforms built for today's businesses. As server backup migrates now to the cloud, Zmanda's cloud backup offerings are well positioned to ride this trend. We look forward to integrating the Zmanda solutions to complement Carbonite's cloud backup as an unbeatable solution for the SMB market," said Chander Kant, Founder and CEO of Zmanda.

The added solutions will give Carbonite more offering for SMBs so they can backup databases, file systems and other content to the cloud with just one vendor. It also gives resellers a one stop shop to offer their customers for data protection and recovery.

"Zmanda is a great strategic fit for Carbonite. Carbonite has focused on backing up computers and mobile devices, while Zmanda has focused on backing up servers and databases. In the small to medium business (SMB) market, most companies need both. Furthermore, IT resellers and MSPs want to be able to offer their clients a complete cloud backup solution from one vendor that protects both computers and servers," said David Friend, Chairman and CEO of Carbonite. 

Edited by Rich Steeves
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