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Carbonite™ Recover

Keep critical systems running during a disaster

Carbonite Recover securely replicates your primary, critical systems and data to the cloud. So despite a ransomware attack or natural disaster, you immediately can failover to your secondary system. Limit the amount of downtime for your business when disaster strikes. 

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of respondents reported an incident during the past two years that required an IT Disaster Recovery plan; more than 50% reported at least two incidents.

Gartner, IT Disaster Recovery Trends and Benchmarks, April 30, 2020


Use Carbonite Recover to help your organization minimize disaster, like a wide-scale cyber attack, and quickly recover if your primary system is taken down:

Always have an up-to-date copy of your systems and data for immediate failover because Carbonite Recover sends data continuously to the encrypted Carbonite cloud.

Easily failover to your systems’ secondary copy for recovery in minutes and just a few clicks.

Have confidence that everything is working as it should, thanks to non-disruptive, self-service tests, failover reports and professional support.

Eliminate the expense of establishing and managing your own secondary DR site

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Why Carbonite Recover?

With non-disruptive, self-service tests, failover reports and professional services support, Carbonite Recover gives your business a sound data-protection strategy.

Flexible backup and recovery for your systems

Always-on data protection - asynchronous, byte-level and real-time replication with push-button failover and failback

Regularly test your DR plan without impacting production activities with non-disruptive, unlimited self-service testing


Carbonite Recover securely replicates critical systems to the cloud. If disaster strikes down your primary systems, your business immediately can failover to a secondary environment:

Automates system discovery in your environment.

Replicates between disparate physical, virtual and cloud-based systems.

Orchestrates and supports failover scripting for multi-tier applications.

Optimizes bandwidth for limited network impact.

Encrypts data, both in transit and at rest, for secure transfers.

Uses multiple recovery points based on historical snapshots.

Performs non-disruptive, unlimited self-service testing and reporting.

Two flexible deployment options


If your organization needs a hands-on approach, consider self-service with Carbonite Recover:

  • Continuously replicates data in real-time for always-on protection.
  • Allows for a recovery point that’s only seconds old, with outage measured in minutes, reducing lost productivity and revenue.
  • Removes the complexity of moving workloads to and from the cloud with push-button failover and failback.
  • Provides an option for professional support, including initial deployment, testing, failover and failback.

Managed Disaster Recovery Service

If your business needs a managed-service approach, consider Carbonite Managed Disaster Recovery Service with remote monitoring and management:

  • Includes the initial setup and deployment of Carbonite Recover.
  • Scans your business systems daily to make sure they are online and protected.
  • Manages and validates that your business systems can be brought online if disaster occurs.
  • Performs quarterly testing and produces a weekly uptime and protection report, as well as a bi-annual report.
  • Tests capabilities at any time, without any impact to your environment.
  • Responds to disaster and performs a failover.
  • Maintains and upgrades Carbonite Recover software.
Diagram showing Carbonite content recovery process.

How it works

Up-to-date secondary copy

Carbonite Recover securely replicates critical systems from your primary environment to the cloud, ensuring an up-to-date secondary copy is available for failover at any moment. Because Carbonite Recover handles all infrastructure and maintenance, you don’t need a secondary data center.

Continuous byte-level replication

Carbonite Recover replicates from the primary server to the secondary cloud location continuously at the byte level, using the network efficiently. The replica constantly synchronizes with the source to keep data current.

Immediate failover

When an outage exceeds the pre-established failure threshold, Carbonite Recover immediately does a failover to the cloud-based replica. The total downtime is measured in minutes and the recovery point is only seconds old, eliminating the outage’s business impact.

Easy failback

When you’re ready to failback to your primary systems, the process is easily reversed. Our exceptional technical team will make sure your primary systems are operational and support you during an outage.

Supported platforms

Operating systems

Microsoft Windows Server

Red Hat Enterprise Linux


SUSE Linux Enterprise Server



Microsoft Hyper-V


Recover FAQs

How does disaster recovery work?

Disaster Recovery securely replicates your critical systems to the cloud which reduces the risk of unplanned downtime.

There’s nothing more frustrating than doing everything in your power to be successful, only to see forces out of your control—such as a hurricane, a fire or cyberattack—suddenly render your business inoperable. What’s worse, disasters can have a devastating impact on small businesses. Disaster recovery describes the policies and procedures for restoring access to critical systems and data after a major interruption. Having the right tools, policies and procedures in place will determine whether a business can meet pre-established goals for recovery speed (RTO) and point-in-time (RPO).

What are the benefits of disaster recovery as a service?

Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) is a great fit for business today as it offers the benefits of a cloud-based solution:

  • Delivers the SLAs that your organization requires.
  • Is cost-effective, since it eliminates the expenses associated with having a secondary, physical site on standby.
  • Saves staff time from managing the components and infrastructure of an on-premises solution.

Why is Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) important?

Traditionally, Disaster Recovery (DR) required an offsite location with redundant hardware systems and software – the sort of setup that only a large enterprise could afford. But technology advancements and the availability of cost-effective public clouds allow today’s small and medium businesses to enjoy the same level of protection with Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). DRaaS eliminates the need to build and maintain a secondary DR site. And when a physical DR site is not needed, the expensive administration, upgrade requirements and maintenance contracts are unnecessary as well.

Learn more at 3 Myths of Disaster Recovery | Carbonite

What is the difference between Backup & Recovery and Disaster Recovery?

A backup solution is a must-have these days, but it’s not a silver bullet. For certain use cases, you need disaster recovery as well. Why? Because traditional backup does not provide the rapid RPO and RTO needed for true disaster recovery – and it is not designed to handle large-scale data loss. When disaster strikes, whether it’s a network or power outage, human error, sabotage, a natural disaster or a ransomware attack, disaster recovery gives you a secondary site to run on while you restore your primary site.

Need to restore critical systems quickly when disaster strikes?

Get the protection and recovery you need if your primary systems are taken down. Minimize lost productivity and revenue.