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Carbonite

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Carbonite Inc. is an online backup company in Boston. Founded in 2005, Carbonite primarily sells cloud backup to consumers and small businesses, but has recently moved up to small and medium-sized businesses and small enterprises. The company's offerings back up documents, emails, music, photos and settings, and are available for Windows and Mac users.

Carbonite offers two product lines:

  • Carbonite Personal provides three levels of backup plans -- Basic, Personal Plus and Personal Prime -- for individuals, households and home offices.
  • Carbonite for Business offers cloud and software-based backup plans, including Carbonite Pro, Carbonite Server Backup and an Advanced Pro Bundle that combines the features of the other two plans.

With its Carbonite Personal plans, the vendor backs files up to the cloud and allows users access from their computer or mobile device. Cloud storage is unlimited and backups are continuous and automatic. Files are protected with a 128-bit Blowfish encryption and transmitted to a Carbonite data center with a Secure Sockets Layer.

Carbonite for Business offers automatic offsite backups to the vendor's cloud and allows an unlimited number of workstations and devices with one subscription. Backing up to the cloud enables simple file sharing for businesses with both iOS and Android applications.


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History of Carbonite

Carbonite began as a provider of backups to small business, but the vendor's 2015 acquisition of Seagate Technology's EVault cloud backup and disaster recovery-as-a-service business moved it into the midsize market. With the acquisition, Carbonite gained the following products and services:

  • EVault Cloud Backup and Recovery server backup software.
  • EVault Backup and Recovery Appliances, including on-premises backup for a hybrid cloud storage approach.
  • EVault Cloud Resiliency Services that provide failover in the cloud and a one-hour recovery service-level agreement.

Along with its primary location in Boston, Carbonite has offices in Lewiston, Maine; Sunnyvale, Calif.; and Munich and Viersen, Germany. The vendor also intends to retain EVault offices in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Toronto. The Carbonite name may sound familiar to some readers, as it was named after a fictional carbon-based material used to freeze Han Solo in Star Wars: Episode V -- The Empire Strikes Back.

This was last updated in April 2016

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