Goal to recruit certified North America reseller channel for
Carbonite Online Backup service
BOSTON — July 14, 2008 — Carbonite, Inc., the leading consumer backup service in the United States and Canada, today announced a partnership agreement with Lifeboat Distribution, a subsidiary of Wayside Technology Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: WSTG). The agreement will enhance distribution coverage within North America.
Carbonite will have access to Lifeboat's North American network of more than 4,500 resellers, value-added resellers, consultants and systems integrators. Among the partners expected to resell the Carbonite solution are Wayside's separate subsidiaries — Programmer's Paradise and TechXtend — that sell software and hardware solutions to U.S. and Canadian corporations, universities and government organizations.
"Lifeboat is off to great start with Carbonite," said David Friend, founder and CEO of Carbonite. "They've already cut a significant deal with Colgate University, and their distribution channels reach a large number of businesses and organizations that are looking for a simple and inexpensive way to protect their valuable data."
"Carbonite's online backup service addresses a critical business issue that often goes unaddressed by small and medium businesses," said Dan Jamieson, VP and General Manager of Lifeboat Distribution. "The simplicity and value proposition of Carbonite makes it a prime portfolio addition for our network of resellers and solution providers, as they help their end-user customers secure their information assets and provide for assurance of business continuity."
Through its relationships with solution providers, resellers and integrators across the U.S. and Canada, Lifeboat Distribution will help Carbonite recruit, train, certify, and support a third-party North American channel for the Company's service offering.
Carbonite installs with just a few clicks and runs quietly in the background, continually backing up all data files. It is completely automatic — once installed, Carbonite finds all new and changed files and continues to back them up whenever the PC is connected to the Internet. Storage capacity is unlimited — users never outgrow their Carbonite subscription no matter how much data they have. Carbonite never interferes with the speed of the user's PC or Internet browsing. Data is encrypted before leaving the local computer and is transmitted to Carbonite's secure data center using HTTPS (SSL) for total privacy.
Carbonite launched its Online Backup service in May 2006. Carbonite's industry-first offer of unlimited backup space for a flat low price revolutionized the market for consumer and small business backup services. So far, the company has backed up more than 3 billion files, has restored more than 200 million lost files for its customers and has a large data center where capacity is measured in petabytes. There are Carbonite users in more than 110 countries.
Founded in 2005, Carbonite believes that computer users should not have to think about backup. The company's mission is to provide an affordable, reliable, secure and easy-to-use solution for the mainstream computer user. Carbonite is available to consumers and small business through numerous channels, including its corporate Web site, major US retailers and international distributors. For more information, please visit www.carbonite.com.
Lifeboat Distribution, a subsidiary of Wayside Technology Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: WSTG), is an international specialty software distributor for virtualization, security, application and network infrastructure, business continuity/disaster recovery, database infrastructure and management, application lifecycle management, science/engineering, and other technically sophisticated products. The company helps software publishers recruit and build multinational solution provider networks, power their networks, and drive incremental sales revenues that complement existing sales channels. Lifeboat Distribution services thousands of solution providers, VARs, systems integrators, corporate resellers, and consultants worldwide, helping them develop a rich opportunity stream, expand their margin+ services revenues, and build profitable product and service businesses. For more information, visit www.lifeboatdistribution.com, or call +1.800.847.7078 or +1.732.389.0037.