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Carbonite acquires Zmanda, boosts SMB, cloud presence

Carbonite acquires SMB cloud backup and open source provider Zmanda to strengthen its position in the SMB enterprise market.

Carbonite, Inc., a provider of online backup solutions for both consumers and the SMB enterprise market, announced today it will acquire open source and SMB cloud backup vendor Zmanda, Inc.

Zmanda's SMB product line includes an enhanced version of Amanda, the open source backup project believed to be on more than one million systems worldwide. Zmanda offers full commercial support for Amanda, and has tweaked it for the SMB cloud backup and enterprise space with Zmanda Cloud Backup and Amanda Enterprise.

Zmanda, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., provides centralized backup of file systems, virtual machines, applications and databases. The product suite, which also includes Zmanda Recovery Manager for MySQL, backs up Microsoft SQL Server, Exchange Server, SharePoint, Oracle, PostgreSQL and MySQL databases and its solutions run on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and Solaris. 

Carbonite says the acquisition will enhance its SMB cloud offering with the ability to backup databases and file systems to the cloud. Zmanda customers will now also have access to the Carbonite Business cloud backup solution for their computers. Furthermore, the combined Carbonite and Zmanda offerings will provide resellers in the SMB market with a single solution for data protection and recovery.

Greg Schulz, founder and senior analyst with StorageIO, said that the Zmanda acquisition will enable SMBs to obtain all the backup solutions they need from one vendor.

"This is a trend that we're just seeing the tip of the iceberg on. Carbonite had the cloud to the consumer, SOHO, ROBO, and the low end of the SMB space. The trend we're going to see more of is the cloud providers need something that can move them more into SMB and SME as an on premise tool," said Schulz. "There are products out there that are great for pulling things into the cloud, but some of those physical environments need something on a local basis. Some will try to do it with a single tool and will get there over time."

He said that ability to keep a copy of data locally and also send a copy to the cloud will be a game-changer for not only the SMB market, but the SME, SOHO and ROBO audiences.

"People are missing the boat on SOHO. If you think of the respect given to SMBs eight years ago, it was like Rodney Dangerfield. It got no respect. Now all of a sudden, enterprise people are cool about SMB and are doing the thing to SOHOs," said Schulz. "The SOHO is in a similar situation to where SMB was. The SOHO businesses are growing up to become SMBs, SMBs are becoming SMEs, etc. The typical SOHO environment can be tens of terabytes or even larger."

The acquisition is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2012.

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