BOSTON — November 20, 2008 — Carbonite, Inc., the leading provider of online backup to consumers and small businesses, announced today it has signed a partnership agreement with LaCie, a leading manufacturer of computer peripherals, to power LaCie One Year Online Backup. The one-year unlimited online backup, powered by Carbonite, is bundled with the purchase of eligible LaCie consumer external storage hard drives.
"We are very pleased that LaCie decided to power its external hard drive online backup with Carbonite," said David Friend, co-founder and CEO of Carbonite. "We take pride in our mission to offer the most secure and simplistic backup solution available. LaCie's dedication to quality data storage products is a natural extension to our backup service and we look forward to similar partnerships in the future."
Launching this month, LaCie One Year Online Backup will be available worldwide to PC users who purchase a LaCie consumer external hard drive, with a version for Mac users to be released at a later date. Available at no charge for the first year, LaCie One Year Online Backup will offer unlimited backup of photos, music, financial records and other irreplaceable files. After the one-year subscription included with purchase, users will be able to continue backing up their LaCie hard drive for just $99.95 per year.
"Taking into account the quality of information users place on our drives, we wanted to go beyond our expertise in hardware to provide the best options to our customers," said Philippe Spruch, LaCie CEO. "LaCie One Year Online Backup provides one year of unlimited online backup to showcase the importance of backup strategies that keep data safe and our dedication to helping users get there."
LaCie One Year Online Backup installs with just a few clicks and runs quietly in the background, continually backing up the selected folders whenever the computer is connected to the Internet. Data is encrypted before leaving the local hard drive and is transmitted to the secure data center using HTTPS (SSL) for total privacy. The automatic data encryption and backup occurs while the computer is idle and does not interfere with the computer's or external hard drive's performance.
LaCie Online Backup is available in eight languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese and Swedish. Users in multi-lingual countries such as Canada, Belgium and Switzerland have their choice of language at the time of the PC setup process.
Located in the US, Canada, Japan, Australia, Europe, Singapore, and Hong Kong, LaCie is the leading manufacturer of computer peripherals for PC, Apple, and Linux users. LaCie creates external storage solutions and color monitors that help professionals and everyday users easily manage their digital lives. LaCie has differentiated its products through original designs and leading-edge technology. Established in France in 1989, LaCie is listed on Euronext under FR0000054314 (LAC). For more information, visit www.lacie.com.
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 120 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 businesses through numerous channels, including its corporate Web site, major US retailers and international distributors. 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.