Carbonite Announces New Hybrid Backup Appliance

By Casey Houser

Backup recovery solutions business Carbonite recently announced its new hybrid backup recovery appliance, the Carbonite Appliance HT10. The company markets its new hardware as able to provide both local backup and cloud-based backup which can enhance a business's backup speed as well as provide it with a minimization of downtime.

Carbonite says it is offering the product exclusively to channel partners with the hope that partners can increase their interaction with clients as well as strengthen their business relationships. David Maffei, vice president of Global Channel Sales at Carbonite, spoke about how Carbonite expects to bolster business relationships and the features of its new backup solution.

"We are reinforcing our commitment to our channel partners and the small business market with the launch of the channel-exclusive Carbonite Appliance," Maffei said. "The Carbonite Appliance is a simple, secure hybrid backup solution that's just right for our partners' small business clients. The local data recovery and automatic cloud integration allow partners to protect their clients' most important asset – their business-critical data. The complete bare metal backup and recovery ensures small business clients can get right back to business."

The Carbonite website lists details of the features the HT10 can offer. Its bare metal restore function allows businesses to backup entire servers to locations of their choosing. This includes new and existing hardware and the ability to back up to dissimilar hardware. Data is compressed in a manner that will save as much space as possible, and compression will help save space on both local disks and on the cloud. The HT10 backs up data to local servers for increased speed and then copies that same data to cloud servers to prevent against local disasters. In addition, the device transfers data with SSL encryption and stores server-side data with AES-256 encryption.

TMC has written previously about the advantages of cloud-based data backup. “The advantages of cloud-based backup are significant and include increased efficiency through faster and easier data recovery, lower costs, and better ability to focus on core competencies. This type of backup is also highly scalable and can easily accommodate spikes in data volume on demand,” it has said. Carbonite seeks to provide those features in addition to the convenience and speed of its local recovery option. With local and cloud backup working in tandem, businesses can get the best of both worlds.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

Contributing Writer

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