Cloud-based Database Backup, Done the Carbonite Way
Carbonite (NASDAQ: CARB) alluded to a database backup offering earlier in 2013, and now the company has delivered, offering a database backup solution as an add-on to its BusinessPremier plan for small businesses.
For Carbonite’s resellers, the new offering expands the breadth of offerings they can deliver to their end user customers, enabling them to back up databases ranging from MySQL to SQL to Microsoft Exchange, Sharepoint and Oracle, as well as Hyper-V in the virtual environment, said David Hauser, senior director, Channel Development.
“We’re also able to back up local, open and locked files [such as] Outlook PST files, and it also has the capability of a Windows system state,” he said. “These are the databases that the majority of small businesses use and this is where the vast majority of demand has come from, so we think it’s a very good fit.”
Hauser noted the process to both back up and retrieve data is easy: To get back data, resellers use a restore wizard on the partner console that, with a few clicks of a mouse, starts the process of retrieving the data. Users can select the backup set they want to restore, and the time to restore takes anywhere from minutes to hours depending on the amount of data to be restored and where the database is being restored from.
“In the database backup option solution you have the option to back up your data locally, in the cloud or both. So … how you back up your data determines how quickly you get it back,” Hauser said. “If you back up locally obviously it’s incredibly fast—you’ll be able to get back up and running right away. Within the cloud, as you’d expect, there are certain dependencies that are out there based on the size of the data that you want to get back and the amount of bandwidth that you have available.
“That all being said, if a specific database needs to be retrieved, most resellers will be able to get their customers’ data in a matter of minutes to hours at most. It’s really really fast to get back up and running for particular data sets that you have, easy to do and I think it’s a solution that fits with most small businesses,” he added.