BOSTON and BEIJING — September 9 2008 — Carbonite, Inc., today announced a partnership with Lenovo, one of the world's largest makers of personal computers, where Carbonite's award-winning online backup service will be available to Lenovo's consumer customers around the world. Beginning in September, 2008, a free trial of Carbonite Online Backup will be shipped pre-loaded on Lenovo IdeaPad and IdeaCentre consumer PCs in numerous countries.
"Carbonite has created the top online backup service for the consumer market," said Feng Lee, Senior Director of Lenovo's Worldwide Consumer Software group. "Carbonite created a simple interface that makes it very easy for the consumer to back up their valuable data. We knew the ease of use would be a great fit with our consumer customers purchasing IdeaPad and IdeaCentre machines."
Technology developments in storage capacity and pricing have allowed consumers to have the same protection of off-site backup that businesses have utilized for years. Since its launch in May 2006, Carbonite has backed up more than four billion files for consumers and small businesses around the world and restored more than 300 million files that would have otherwise been lost forever.
Already pre-installed on the new Lenovo Idea-branded PCs, Carbonite will prompt the user to initialize the backup service the first time the computer is connected to the Internet.
- Once activated with an email address and password, Carbonite runs quietly in the background, continually backing up all data files.
- 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.
The partnership includes Lenovo Idea-branded PCs in the U.S., Canada, France, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, India and future deliveries will include United Arab Emirates, Brazil and Mexico.
"We're proud to be working with a world class partner in Lenovo," said Bill Cunningham EVP of Business Development of Carbonite. "We believe that someday soon every PC will ship with online backup pre-installed. Studies show that users are more likely to switch brands if their PC crashes and they lose valuable data, and this move by Lenovo demonstrates its commitment to helping users protect their files. With so many people keeping irreplaceable business documents and personal files (such as family photos, music, correspondence, etc.) on their PCs, users need a simple way to keep everything safe."
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 4 billion files, has restored more than 300 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.
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 businesses through numerous channels, including its corporate Web site, major US retailers and international distributors. For more information, please visit www.carbonite.com.