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Carbonite Announces New Business Continuity Solution in Beta

Carbonite, Inc., a leading provider of cloud solutions that keep small businesses and home offices running smoothly, announced a beta program for its new line of all-in-one business continuity appliances. Carbonite's appliances will be tuned for optimal speed for backup and restore operations, and will include virtual machine failover. Carbonite's appliance line offers the speed benefits of local backups along with the ultimate safety of cloud storage. If a server dies, restoring from a local appliance is fast and easy. Additionally, in the case of a disaster like fire, flood or theft, server images can be downloaded from the cloud for a complete restore. Meanwhile, the appliance will be able to spin up a virtual machine so businesses can continue to operate while equipment is being repaired or replaced.

"I know that many of our small business resellers and customers will be pleased to see Carbonite moving into hardware appliances," said David Friend, CEO and Chairman of Carbonite. "While we are strong believers in cloud backup, small businesses need solutions that not only protect against data loss, but also minimize downtime. With a local appliance, you get the best of all worlds: local backup for speed, cloud backup for ultimate safety, and virtual machine failover to keep businesses running even when primary equipment fails. By helping to keep small businesses up and running even in the face of equipment failures, we are delivering far more value to our customers than we would through cloud-based data protection alone."

Simple Pricing, Simple Set-up Pricing for Carbonite's appliance line will start at $99.99 per month, which Carbonite expects will include 1TB of local storage and 500GBs of cloud storage. All licensing is unlimited, so businesses can protect an unlimited number of servers.  Additional cloud storage will be available in 100GB increments at less than $1 per gigabyte per year. 

Setup is as simple as 1-2-3. Every Carbonite appliance will come with Valet Installation: simply plug in the power, connect to the internet, and call Carbonite's Valet Installation team who will remotely configure the appliance and assist with setting up a client's first backup set.

Backup Appliance Features & Benefits Bare Metal Backup and Restore Carbonite appliances will create complete server backup images, both locally and in the cloud. Other notable features will include:

  • Differential backup
  • Backup scheduler 
  • SSL encryption for all data transmitted to the cloud
  • Complete data, application and system state restore 
  • Entire disk restore, including separate partitions or select files from a previously created backup image
  • Create a bootable USB Flash drive or disk

Hot Backup of Live Production Databases Powered by Amanda Every Carbonite appliance is expected to include Carbonite's Amanda Enterprise Backup. This time-tested database backup system is based on the open-source Amanda platform with an estimated installed base of more than one million computers. 

  • Hot backup technology takes frequent snapshots of live databases without slowing down response time for users.  Supports Microsoft SQL Server, Exchange Server, SharePoint, Oracle and MySQL.
  • The ability to capture the complete Windows system state, including Active Directory, system volume, certificate server, boot files, Internet Information Services (IIS) and registry. 
  • Real-time reporting across backup sets for performance tuning and regulatory compliance. 
  • Active notifications via email or a Windows event log and usage reports across multiple systems via the dashboard. 

Virtual Machine Failover When a server dies, a small business needs to get it back up and running quickly even though it can take days to get a server repaired or replaced.  With the Carbonite appliance, businesses will be able to restore a backup to a virtual machine, allowing them to stay up and running with minimum down-time. 

Carbonite Appliance Availability A private beta of Carbonite's appliance line begins in August. IT consultants and resellers who are interested in offering Carbonite appliances can visit to get the latest information on availability. Resellers who are interested in becoming an authorized Carbonite reseller can email or call 877.391.4759.

Published Tuesday, July 30, 2013 6:55 AM by David Marshall
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