• Big Gaps in Small Business Backup Plans [Infographic]

    by Lynnette Nolan | Mar 13, 2012

    How reliable is your small business’ data backup plan? Recently, we surveyed small businesses to study how they prepare for a data disaster. We found that many small businesses are in fact backing up their data – yet despite known risks, they continue to choose a range of out-of-date and unreliable technologies to protect important business data.

    Close the gaps in your small business backup plan. Try a free 30-day trial of Carbonite Business, and if you’re ready to trade in your “clunker" of a backup solution now, you can get 3 months free with this limited time offer.

  • Carbonite for Clunkers Trade-in Program

    by Lynnette Nolan | Dec 20, 2011

    At Carbonite, we believe backing up your small business should be easy, automatic and affordable. If your current backup solution requires you to spend weekends manually backing up your data, or if you’re obligated to pay exorbitant monthly, yearly or per-computer fees to another online backup company, it’s time to make a change.

    Trade in your clunker of a backup solution for three free months of Carbonite Business in just three simple steps:

    • Trade-in: Submit one (1) of the following to us at tradein@carbonite.com-
      1. A photo of your current external hard drive with a sign on it saying “I upgraded to Carbonite Business!”
      2. A cancellation notice from your old online backup company
    • Subscribe: Once your photo or letter is approved, we’ll send you a promotion code. Subscribe to Carbonite Business using that code, and we’ll give you an additional three months free. Your photo may even be featured on the Carbonite Facebook Fan Page!

    It’s that easy! Switch to Carbonite Business today and have peace of mind knowing your crucial business data is safely backed up, at a price that won’t break the bank. For more information, please see the terms and conditions. But don’t wait – offer expires soon!

  • Is Computer Backup on Your Back to School Checklist?

    by Lynnette Nolan | Sep 01, 2011

    It’s remarkable how technology has changed back to school shopping. A decade ago, the students began the school year with backpacks stocked with notebooks, pencils, and pens. Now back to school checklists include laptops, iPads, smartphones and other tech devices.

    These days, most school work is done on a computer and it’s a classic nightmare for students and parents alike when a project or assignment is lost due to a computer crash.

    This back to school season, we’re offering you the opportunity to win a full year subscription to Carbonite Online Backup. By automatically backing up your computer’s hard drive, all homework and coursework will be protected from hard drive failure or data loss – from the first day of school to summer break next year.

    For your chance to win, all you need to do is follow @Carbonite on Twitter (twitter.com/carbonite) and re-tweet our contest tweet “Keep all your homework and coursework safe this school year with Carbonite Online Backup” to be automatically entered in our drawing.

    This contest ends on September 7, 2011. Good luck!

  • Ask a Carbonista: Does Carbonite Back Up iTunes?

    by Lynnette Nolan | Aug 17, 2011

    Jason, this news will be music to your ears: yes- Carbonite does back up iTunes.

    With any paid subscription, Carbonite will automatically back up all of the music files located in your iTunes folder – this won’t work during a free trial.

    Here’s how it works. By default, the iTunes folder is located in the Music folder under your User profile and iTunes automatically downloads your music files to this location. If you keep your downloads directed to this folder, you won’t have to think twice about backing up your music files. If you store your music files outside of your User profile, you’ll need to take minor steps to include your music files in your automatic back up.

    Once your music files are backed up, you can listen to them from your smartphone by downloading the free Carbonite Access app for your Android, RIM, or Apple device!

    Want to learn more? Read Backing Up Your iTunes Music on our support page.

    Just a note: Carbonite Access is now Carbonite Mobile. Learn more here.

  • October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month

    by Lynnette Nolan | Oct 06, 2010

    Cybersecurity means a variety of things to a variety of people. Sure it includes protection against phishing scams, credit card fraud, viruses, online predators, etc. But at Carbonite, we wake up every morning thinking about keeping your irreplaceable data backed up and secure, so you can access it from anywhere and restore it to your computer when you experience that inevitable crash.  What’s more, Carbonite runs in the background, automatically backing up your files, so you don’t have to think about it.

    Security experts agree the best way to backup your data is offsite. This way if your home or office is damaged, your data is secure in a remote location. Not only does Carbonite provide this level of security, but we also encrypt your files before they leave your PC, so nobody can see your data without your password.

    In honor of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we’re giving away a free one year Carbonite subscription each Friday in October. This account is good for unlimited backup as well as remote access to all of your backed up files from any computer Web browser, iPhone or Blackberry Smartphone (Android coming soon). If the winner already is a Carbonite subscriber, we’ll extend their subscription for another year.

    The rules are simple:

    • Follow @carbonite on Twitter
    • Retweet the following message between 12:01 am EST and 11:59 pm EST any Friday in October:
      I entered Carbonite’s Cybersecurity giveaway. Enter to win a subscription by following @Carbonite & RT this http://cbnt.it/15L81NK
    • We’ll announce the winner here and on Twitter. 

    Good luck!

  • Carbonite 4.0 Officially Launched Today

    by Lynnette Nolan | Sep 14, 2010

    Here at Carbonite HQ, we’re thrilled to announce the official release of version 4.0 of our unlimited online backup service for Windows.

    I like to say that Carbonite is not in the backup business – we’re in the restore business – and that’s what version 4.0 is all about.  Our product team put a great deal of effort into further-simplifying the restore process in version 4.0. Too often in our industry, the focus falls on the initial backup process and features, but restore is where an online backup product has to deliver on its promise.

    The cornerstone of this effort is 4.0’s Restore Manager, which sets a new standard for getting files back.  Restore Manager guides users through the process of quickly and easily restoring anything they have backed up, from a single file to all of their backed up data.

    Other new features in 4.0 include:

    • A Restore Search feature that enables users to search for and build a complete list of files to restore. Users can search their backup based on full or partial file name, date, file size, the original location of the file on your computer, or file type. 
    • The Priority File Restore feature allows users to specify which files they want restored first, making file restoration as efficient as possible.  
    • If users are restoring to a new Windows operating system, the Migration Wizard will ensure all restored data ends up in the proper file structure for the target OS.
    • Versioning enables users to restore previous versions of any backed up file if they accidently save over or delete older versions. Carbonite keeps older versions of files for up to three months.
    • Once a restore is complete, the detailed Restore Summary Report identifies exactly how many files were restored and specifies the location of any relocated files.
    • A Redesigned InfoCenter, which clearly communicates backup and restore status, scheduling options and customer service information.
    • A new SetUp Configuration completely automates standard setup while retaining custom options for advanced users.
    • Additional integration with Remote File Access from any computer or via mobile applications for iPhone®, iPod Touch® and BlackBerry® smartphones.

    We’ve gone to great lengths to provide the best restore experience in the iindustry and we believe that version 4.0 puts us in a class by ourselves when it comes to the total restore experience.  Please let us know what you think.

    CEO, Carbonite

  • The Twelve World Cup Winners

    by Lynnette Nolan | Jul 20, 2010

    Unless you have been ignoring your television and radio for the past month you will be aware that the World Cup has run its course in South Africa. For many, the tournament has been full of curve balls and back heels. France's shocking exit, the Brazilians not even reaching the final and ultimately the Spanish proving triumphant (and rightly so)? However, they weren't the only winners during the tournament, as all of you who entered our World Cup Twitter competition will know!

    We asked our followers to guess how many shots on target would be saved during selected matches. Why? Because we're all about 'saving' our customers from losing the 'digital lives' they have saved on their hard drives. We make certain Carbonite Online Backup 'saves' your data so in the event of a data loss, you get it back quickly and easily, whenever you need it.

    We had a fantastic number of entries so a big 'thank you' to all who participated! Congratulations to all 12 winners of the selected matches. They all won a full year subscription to Carbonite Online Backup. What's more, one of these lucky winners has been selected to win our grand prize of a 16GB iPad. We can now announce the lucky winner is @robchilver.

    Congratulations again thank you to everyone who took part. For those of you saddened by the end of World Cup, and our competition, do not fear. Be sure to keep checking the Carbonite website, follow us on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook for future competitions and a chance to win.

  • Your Disc is About to Expire - Please Backup Again

    by Lynnette Nolan | Jul 01, 2010
    Those of you out there manually backing up using CDs and DVDs to protect all your previous files are in for some bad news. Having spent a lot of time and energy backing up, imagine how frustrated you would be to discover years down the line the data you 'protected' by backing up has been lost due to the deterioration of its disc.

    Research published last month by the French National Centre for Scientific Research has discovered data stored on physical discs has a limited life span, in some cases very limited. 

    After testing the longevity of portable media, results showed discs designed to last for centuries rarely lasted longer then five to ten years, and in some extreme cases merely a year! Additionally, the results revealed the life span of a disc can be artificially aged by heat, water and light, increasing its vulnerability. 

    This is potentially a big issue for both consumers and businesses. Jerome Duc-Mauge, an executive producer of documentary films, is not fully confident in manual backup. 

    "This is a big drama, this issue of how long these pictures will last. We don't know. The manufacturer says to us, 'Yeah, five years, 10 years, 15 years'."

    The question is which would you choose for your 'digital life' insurance? A time-consuming process with a short life span? Or online backup, which automates the process and ensures you can always backup an unlimited amount of data that can not be lost to theft, fire or father time. 

    If you're reading this, you're most likely already a Carbonite subscriber. But if you're also using CDs and DVDs to backup, make sure you’re double backed up and, as the researchers suggest, you're "spreading digital data rather than keeping it all archived in one place."
  • World Cup Twitter Competition - Tweet to Win

    by Lynnette Nolan | Jun 10, 2010

    It may have escaped your notice, but the FIFA World Cup is almost upon us. We're big fans here at Carbonite, especially of the goal keepers. Why is this? Because we're both all about saving. Goal keepers save shots on goal, we save people's data.

    During World Cup, we're running a Twitter competition asking you to guess how many goals will be saved during selected World Cup matches. One lucky winner will win a brand new 16GB Wifi iPad, worth $629 (£429.00), and 12 entrants will win a full year subscription to Carbonite, worth $54.95 (£41.95) each.

    To enter all you need to do is watch out for World Cup tweets from @carbonite and RT with your guess of the number of saves for each match. For example, when you see this tweet:

    • World Cup competition: Round One England vs USA [how many shots saved?] RT for chance to win an iPad and Carbonite online backup #WC2010

    You need to retweet with:

    • RT @carbonite World Cup competition: Round One England vs USA [3 saves] RT for chance to win an iPad and Carbonite online backup #WC2010

    As soon as you tweet, you'll be entered into the competition. You can tweet a guess for as many matches as you like, but only one guess per match per user will be counted. Winners will be selected at random from entries with correct guesses. Any guesses after kick-off will not count.

    We'll be running the competition on the below matches. Keep an eye for our tweets before each match and make sure you enter!

    • ROUND 1 - England Vs USA (12th June 2010)
      Stat: Total Shots on Target Saved
    • ROUND 2 - Slovenia Vs USA (18th June 2010)
      Stat: Total Shots on Target Saved
    • ROUND 3 - England Vs Algeria (18th June 2010)
      Stat: Total Shots on Target Saved
    • ROUND 4 - Slovenia Vs England (23rd June 2010)
      Stat: Total Shots on Target Saved
    • ROUND 5 - USA VS Algeria (23rd June 2010)
      Stat: Total Shots on Target Saved
    • ROUND OF 16: 1C Vs 2D (26th June 2010)
      Stat: Total Shots on Target Saved
    • ROUND OF 16: 1D Vs 2C (27th June 2010)
      Stat: Total Shots on Target Saved
    • QUARTER FINAL: W49 Vs W50 (2nd July 2010)
      Stat: Total Shots on Target Saved
    • QUARTER FINAL: W52 Vs W51 (3rd July 2010)
      Stat: Total Shots on Target Saved
    • SEMI FINAL: W58 Vs W57 (6th July 2010)
      Stat: Total Shots on Target Saved
    • SEMI FINAL: W59 Vs W60 (7th July 2010)
      Stat: Total Shots on Target Saved
    • FINAL: (11th July 2010)
      Stat: Total Shots on Target Saved

    Winners notified after each match. The lucky iPad winner will be chosen at random from all correct entries and notified after the World Cup final on July 11th 2010.

  • Another 5-Star Mac Review

    by Lynnette Nolan | Aug 07, 2009

    Wow, they just keep coming. Another 5-star review for Carbonite's Mac version, this time from MacUser Magazine: "Verdict: This good value online storage solution is so easy-to-use you'll have no excuse not to back up your files."

    Check out the whole review here

    CEO, Carbonite

  • "Miss Download" Features Carbonite Online Backup

    by Lynnette Nolan | May 15, 2009

    I found this very well-done explanation of Carbonite on YouTube. I don't know Cheryl Poirier, but she's very talented and fun to watch. Cheryl, if you're listening, send me an email! I'd love to thank you personally.

    CEO, Carbonite

  • Access Your Backed Up Files from Anywhere

    by Lynnette Nolan | Mar 17, 2009

    Over the weekend we launched Remote Access — an application that lets you access and download your backed up files from any computer with a web browser. This is an application that I have wanted personally for a long time. Last year I was on a business trip to Hong Kong and discovered that a Powerpoint presentation I had put together for one of my meetings had not gotten transferred to my laptop. Luckily, I was able to use the alpha version of Remote Access to download the presentation from the backup of my office desktop computer. What a life-saver!

    The new feature is accessible to all Carbonite users from our home page. Just click the new "Remote Access" tab in the upper right corner of the screen. Once you enter your email address and password, you can navigate through your backed up files and instantly download any of them.

    CEO, Carbonite

  • Homemade DVDs: Going, Going, Gone?

    by Lynnette Nolan | Dec 15, 2008

    Think backing up to DVDs is a good idea? Not in the opinion of David Pogue, the technology columnist for the New York Times. I hadn't thought about this, but holy smokes! Here's an excerpt from his Dec. 10th post:

    Homemade DVD’s: Going, Going, Gone?

    Jeez Louise. A conference organizer asked if I could put together a DVD loop of my funniest Web videos, to play in the registration area while attendees stand in line. No problem, I thought: I've got all of the original iMovie projects backed up on DVD, in clear cases, neatly arrayed in a drawer next to my desk. (My hard drive wasn't big enough to hold those 50 videos a year.) Guess what? On the Mac I use for video editing, most of the DVD's were unreadable. They're less than four years old! … I know, of course, that home-burned DVD's, which rely on organic dye that deteriorates with time, are nowhere near as long-lived as commercially pressed discs. But man. Four years? Scared the bejeezus out of me. I've been told by experts that the gold DVD blanks can indeed last 100 years. Guess I'll be trying that next!

    So even if you can find the DVDs (would surely be a problem in my messy office) and they don't get scratched or destroyed, they may just be completely unreadable. Another reason to back up online.

    CEO, Carbonite

  • Disaster Hits Home

    by Lynnette Nolan | Dec 11, 2008

    Earlier this week I had gotten a note from one of our employees about the recent fires in Santa Barbara, CA. 230 houses burned down. All the people who thought they had their data backed up on CDs, DVDs, and external hard drives lost everything.

    Then it happened in my own family. My son's house in Cambridge, MA was completely gutted by fire yesterday. Here's the story on Boston.com. He was awakened by a neighbor pounding on his door and discovered smoke seeping from the floor boards under his bed. Moments later the house was completely engulfed in flames. He got out barefoot in his pajamas. His Mac with all his professional work was vaporized, as was his external hard drives that he used for backup. I am kicking myself for not getting him onto our Mac beta, but he was waiting for the production release next month.

    Believe me, this kind of thing is not an abstract possibility. It actually happens all the time, and when you think about what you've lost, it makes you sick.

    CEO, Carbonite

  • Microsoft Pulls the Plug on Windows Live OneCare

    by Lynnette Nolan | Nov 20, 2008

    Microsoft announced yesterday that they were "throwing in the towel" on their Live OneCare service which included a backup service. According to the web site, "data are continuously protected—automatically backed up on-schedule to a single location I specify."

    This announcement comes on the heels of AOL shuttering its xDrive backup service and several smaller competitors biting the dust. Meanwhile Carbonite continues to grow at double-digit month-over-month rates. And we think at least one of our "pure play" competitors is also enjoying substantial growth. So what's going on here?

    I think it's a matter of focus. Some vendors seem to think that backing up your PC isn't enough. You ought to throw in anti-virus, firewall, syncing PCs and mobile devices, sharing photos with friends and family, and many other "features." Most of these products seem to be dead or on life support.

    Everyone knows they should be backing up their PCs. It's a big and immediate problem. Most of these other features are things that the user already has or are simply a "nice to have" for some subset of users (often younger users who tend to not want to pay for such things). When you have all these other features to sell, it dilutes the important message that you need to be backing up your computer. And because most of them have so many features to support, they don't do a particularly good job at any of them. We're content just to do a spectacularly good job at backup (if I do say so myself). In five years, I believe half the world's PCs will be backing up online. If we want to continue to be number one in this market, we really have to focus and do a better job than anyone else.

    I think Microsoft has found that their expertise at writing software does not automatically translate into an ability to run a rock-solid backup service. When we were out raising our first rounds of venture capital a couple of years ago, I was told repeatedly by investors that Microsoft was going to enter this market and crush us. What has been demonstrated time and again is that if you focus on doing one job exceptionally well and if you're motivated to the point where you’re life depends on it, no big corporation can keep you down.

    CEO, Carbonite

  • Carbonite: For Dummies?

    by Lynnette Nolan | Oct 24, 2008

    According to a recently released survey by Compuware, most data loss is attributable to either user negligence or malice. Only 1% of data loss is due to hackers. I loved the headline on this story: "3/4 idiots, 1/4 bitterness."

    I have to confess to being part of the "idiot" crowd. Three weeks ago I left my laptop sitting on my seat when I got off the train in New York. I remembered it just in time to see my train, with laptop still aboard, disappearing down the track. Except for occasionally recovering individual files that I accidentally delete or overwrite, I haven't actually had a PC disaster since starting Carbonite 3 years ago. So, aside from the pain of having to buy a new laptop, it was fun to use my own product to get everything back. I was really proud of how well it worked.

    What I don't see in the Compuware survey is data lost to hard drive failure. For some reason this doesn't show up in the survey, even though I will bet you that it tops all the other categories. We use a LOT of hard drives in our data center, and our statistics show that roughly 3% of all hard drives will fail each year. That's why we use RAID arrays which are 36 million times more reliable than a single drive. Google also publishes their disk failure rate, and it's roughly the same as ours. Hard drives are a data disaster waiting to happen, in our experience. That's why you need a LOT of redundancy in your data storage architecture, as we do. We store our customers' encrypted data on 16 drive arrays. We would have to lose 3 of the 16 drives simultaneously AND your PC would have to crash all at the same time before any data is lost. When you figure the odds of this happening, it's very very close to zero.

    I hope you never leave your laptop on Amtrak, but if you do, you'll be glad you've got Carbonite.

    CEO, Carbonite

  • Online Storage vs. Online Backup - The Business Side of It

    by Lynnette Nolan | Aug 11, 2008

    I was reading a blog the other day from noted Silicon Valley blogger Om Malik, and I wanted to share my thoughts on it: I think Om is absolutely right about the "online storage" market – most of the attempts to support such services with advertising have failed miserably and it's amazing to me to that people keep trying. Only Google, Yahoo, or other portals have much chance of being successful with a free ad-supported collaboration service. Few people are willing to pay for these services given the wide range of free options already available.

    It seems to me that online storage is a solution looking for a problem. What exactly is the problem? Data protection? Photo Sharing? Remote access? Publishing and file sharing? Syncing multiple devices? The more features you throw into these products, the worse they seem to sell.

    Most of the products that purport to "do everything" lack focus, are hard to market, and have not been notable financial successes. Before I started Carbonite, I was looking to buy an online backup service for my daughter who had already had two hard drive crashes. I remember looking at xDrive and saying to myself "This product does so many things, I can't figure out what it's for." The marketing message was hopeless!

    Pure, simple, set-and-forget online backup is thriving, thankfully. Hundreds of thousands of people now pay $50 per year to back up their PCs with Carbonite. We've enjoyed 26 consecutive months of double-digit month-over-month revenue growth. And investors and corporations are paying good money for companies in this space – Mozy sold out to EMC for $63M and Swapdrive sold out to Symantec for $123M, to name a couple. Online backup (as opposed to storage) is a great subscription business. You pay your money and your worries go away. Simple.

    Amazon is the only online storage company that has really found a market, and that market, as Om points out, is all the little companies that are trying to put lipstick on the service and sell it to the next guy. And Amazon charges real money for their service.

    And while I agree that there is no clear leader in this collaboration space (my bet would be for Google, long term), there are clear leaders in Online Backup: NPD Group, the company that surveys consumers to rank various consumer products, recently started covering the online backup market and ranks Carbonite as #1 in the market. I think that when the dust settles in four or five years, almost every PC is going to ship with online backup built-in (every Packard Bell in Europe ships with Carbonite pre-loaded with similar deals in the US close behind), you'll be able to buy online backup (and maybe online storage) from your ISP, and online backup may be bundled with other data protection services, such as anti-virus. There will be two or three leading players in the space with tens of millions of subscribers each, and a bunch of little guys occupying various niches.

    CEO, Carbonite

  • Do You Have a Secure Online Backup Provider?

    by Lynnette Nolan | Jun 23, 2008

    Recently, online storage space startup divShare announced on their blog a recent security breach by "a malicious user." Lucky for them, only basic profile information available through the database was accessed during the intrusion. But the important question here is what else could have been taken by a more skilled trespasser?

    Many people think that backup is a simple application – what's so hard about backing up a PC?   I remember one of my MIT students grousing about Google's success: "Anyone can write a search engine," he said.  Backing up the data is not the problem. The problem is dealing with huge volumes, millions of database transactions, hundreds of thousands of customers, and all the complexity that this implies – all while making sure that there is 100% security.  Carbonite backs up over 50 million new files every day without losing any of them.  Like any other web site, we constantly get attacked by hackers, but we have enough security measures in place that these attacks are always unsuccessful. As I mentioned in a previous post, Carbonite was one of only two backup services that the guys at Heise Security weren’t able to crack. 

    If you’re doing your engineering properly, online backup can be made to be extremely secure.  For instance, Carbonite starts with encrypting the data BEFORE it leaves your PC so that by the time we get it, it's already useless to an intruder in the very unlikely event that someone acutally gains access to our system. We also make sure that the authentication is rock solid, so that there are no "man in the middle" vulnerabilities.  And, we actually pay people to constantly test our defenses. 

    After we get your encrypted files, we want to make sure that we don't lose them, so we store all your data on RAID-6 redundant arrays that are 36 million times more reliable than a single drive.  The main Carbonite data center is located in a "bomb-proof" building, alongside those of major Boston financial institutions and telco companies.

    Online backup is a hot area right now and you'll see more startups entering the space over the next couple of years.  Not all of them will know enough about security to be really bullet-proof.  It isn't easy or cheap, but I can tell you that for Carbonite it's a live-or-die proposition. 

    CEO, Carbonite

  • News on the SwapDrive Acquisition

    by Lynnette Nolan | Jun 12, 2008

    Although it didn't come as a surprise, the news about the SwapDrive acquisition has caused quite a stir in the industry.  Yesterday, we were in touch with eWeek and Backupreview.info, two sites that wanted to share Dave’s view on the acquisition. eWeek published an article as well as a blog post that included much of what Dave posted on our blog yesterday. BackupReview.info also posted a Q & A to share Dave's thoughts with the online backup industry.

    In addition, we issued the following press release:

    June 11, 2008

    Online Backup Continues to Emerge Mainstream as Old Industry Giant
    Snaps up Another Established Backup Brand

    BOSTON — (BUSINESS WIRE) — David Friend, CEO and co-founder of online data backup company Carbonite, says online backup is continuing to emerge mainstream, as illustrated by another old industry giant gobbling up an established online backup player.

    Symantec acknowledged the truth of reports yesterday that it acquired SwapDrive and its companies, Backup.com and WhaleMail.com, leaving Carbonite as one of the last-standing large independent online backup services.

    “Frankly, I was surprised that the price was so low, given how hot this market is,” Friend said. “However, that's the danger of being a white label provider to someone like Symantec. It's like the lawnmower company that sells 80 percent of its output to a major retailer. One day they come along and make you an offer you cant refuse, so to speak.

    In the past year, Mozy has been acquired by EMC and Arsenal Digital was acquired by IBM. In previous years Connected and LiveVault were acquired by Iron Mountain, and EVault was acquired by Seagate Technologies

    “The online backup space is hot and everyone is suddenly interested in getting into the game, Friend said. Symantec realized you can protect your PC with antivirus, anti-spyware, and so forth, but the most important thing to protect is your data. Only online backup provides that protection. No anti-anything can keep your hard drive from crashing or keep a burglar from stealing your computer.

    Carbonite recently passed its 200 millionth file restored and has backed up more than three billion files for consumers and small businesses.

    “One by one our competitors have been snapped up by big old companies and we are standing alone as the top independent backup provider, Friend said. Were poised to become the trusted brand in online backup, much like Norton emerged for anti-virus. With a simple and trustworthy product, we are in a position to continue our rapid growth.

    About Carbonite

    Carbonite launched its Online PCBackup service in May 2006. Carbonites 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 2.5 billion files, has restored more than 160 million lost files for its customers and has a large data center where capacity is measured in petabytes. There are Carbonite users in nearly 100 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.

  • Rumor of Google Backup 'Coming Soon'

    by Lynnette Nolan | May 27, 2008

    I read a blog post from Australia today hinting that Google may be getting into the backup business. Actually, what this article says is, "Online backup services allow people to use the internet like a hard drive." Those are their words, not ours. Carbonite thinks backup is a lot more than just disk space in the cloud.

    Think about the problem you’re trying to solve: Tomorrow you might wake up and find out that your hard drive has crashed and everything on your PC is gone. Or maybe you’re like me and you leave your laptop in a taxi in NY and watch in frustration as it disappears around the corner forever. Or maybe you’ve been working on that big presentation for the last week and at the last minute you do something dumb and erase it.

    There have been rumours about Google and Microsoft getting into the backup business for more than a year. Microsoft finally unveiled their entry called Windows Live SkyDrive. Google’s rumoured "G-drive" has yet to appear, but we’re guessing it will be similar to SkyDrive – less about automated backup and more about collaboration, file sharing, and storing a limited number of active documents in the cloud. It will not be free. Like SkyDrive, you’ll get a certain amount of space for free, and you’ll have to pay for more. Compared with Carbonite, it will be expensive for most users. It will not encrypt your data because encrypting make sharing applications nearly impossible. And it won’t automatically back up everything on your PC as we do. You’ll have to make a lot of choices and think about it each time.

    Our idea of backup is that it should be like buying car insurance – once you purchase it, you put it in the drawer until disaster strikes. The less intrusive it is, the better. The one feature of SkyDrive that I like is the ability to access a backed up file remotely in an emergency. I was recently on a business trip and forgot to bring a file that I had on my home computer. It would have been nice to get it from my home computer’s Carbonite backup. We’ve figured out a way to do this that preserves the encryption and security of Carbonite’s backup, and I am hoping we can get this feature into a release later this year.

    CEO, Carbonite