Cloud backup service provider Carbonite (NASDAQ: CARB) has added Database Backup to its palette of offerings, giving its solution provider customers what it sees as a more complete backup solution to offer their small-business end users.
The offering, based on the Zmanda Amanda backup technology Carbonite acquired when it bought Zmanda in October 2012, backs up Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) Exchange, SQL, MySQL, Hyper-V, Sharepoint and Oracle servers. “[Zmanda has] hundreds of years of development time that went into developing their product set,” said David Hauser, senior director, Channel Development at Carbonite, in a FastChat video earlier this year.
The database backup offering will be available as an add-on to Carbonite’s Business Premier cloud backup solution for small businesses for an unlimited number of databases and live applications.
“Based on small-business market needs, a cloud backup solution that safeguards both a business’ computers and its critical databases is imperative. But for resellers serving this market, being able to deliver a solution easily, affordably and securely implemented through one vendor is ideal,” Hauser said in a prepared statement. “Our Database Backup solution provides Carbonite reseller partners with greater functionality that will help them better meet the growing needs of their small-business customers all through one platform and provider.”
Database Backup is the latest technology Carbonite has added to its reseller program, which includes cloud file backup for individual users, small office-home office users and small businesses. On tap for 2013 is a new technology the company calls Currents, a file syncing tool that “allows folks to sync and collaborate between different computers and between different individuals.” Currently in beta, Currents is yet another tool for Carbonite’s channel partners to offer their customers, Hauser said.
Indeed, as more customers look for stupid simple yet effective ways to keep their data secure and accessible in case of network downtime or other disasters natural or otherwise, Carbonite’s moves to fill out its cloud backup offerings is a smart move for a company making serious noise in the channel.