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Carbonite backup line adds appliances, bare-metal restore

Carbonite backup line introduces Server Advanced software that gives SMBs the ability to do bare-metal restore. A new line of hybrid appliances offers backup and cloud DR.

Cloud backup vendor Carbonite Inc. this week added a line of appliances and updated its software-only product to give small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) the ability to do bare-metal recovery and disaster recovery.

On Wednesday, the company introduced its Carbonite Server Advanced software-only application, which does image backup and bare-metal recovery, along with granular database recovery. Bare-metal recovery lets organizations recover operating systems, as well as all relevant data attributes, such as files, file systems, folders and volumes.

The new Carbonite backup product also allows for separate retention policies for local and cloud backups within hybrid configurations.

Carbonite has five new backup appliances, which include both local storage and cloud storage located in the company's own data centers for long-term retention. They include three minitower appliances: a 4 TB appliance, with local SATA drives and 1 TB of cloud storage; a 4 TB appliance that includes 2 TB of cloud storage; and an 8 TB appliance, with 4 TB of cloud storage. Carbonite also added two rack-mounted appliances: one with 4 TB local and 2 TB cloud storage, and the other with 8 TB local and 4 TB cloud storage. Carbonite backup appliance customers can add cloud storage for $99.99 per 100 GB per year.

"For every unit of cloud storage, we deliver the local storage," said David Raissipour, Carbonite's senior vice president of engineering. "The appliances are meant to be plug-and-play. You plug them into the network, bring up the server on the network and take a full server image backup, and then replicate it to the cloud."

The company also is offering a two-rack mount system that can be configured either with 2 TB or 8 TB, and supports RAID 1 and 5.

"This is meant for customers who have more of an IT structure in place," Raissipour said.

The hybrid Carbonite backup appliances perform local backups and cloud backups for long-term data protection.

The hybrid Carbonite backup appliances perform local backups and cloud backups for long-term data protection. The systems support image and bare-metal recovery that protects the entire server in one pass, meaning it backs up files, applications and the operating system. The appliances monitor and manage all the backed up devices from a central dashboard, with scheduling, retention and bandwidth settings.

The Carbonite backup appliances support Microsoft Windows servers, Exchange, SharePoint and SQL. They back up physical machines only and do not support virtual servers.

The Carbonite Server Advanced software supports Oracle PeopleSoft, Microsoft Exchange 365, Hyper-V and SharePoint. It does not support VMware.

Laura DuBois, program vice president for IDC's storage practice, based in Framingham, Mass., said there are SMBs looking for disaster recovery options, as well as backup data protection.

"It really depends on the sophistication of the SMB," she said. "You can achieve disaster recovery from a backup as long as you take the backup off-site in some way, such as with remote replication, tape vaulting or cloud service. The best strategy is to have an off-site strategy that allows you to recover from a site disaster."

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