Carbonite Provides Simple Data Recovery Option for SMBs

Kim Mays
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Five Predictions for Hybrid Cloud Environments in 2015

Small to midsize businesses (SMBs) have turned to Microsoft Exchange Online and Office 365 in large numbers—many because it helps save money on IT staffing and on-site server infrastructure. In fact, IDC has predicted that 30 percent of small businesses will be using Office 365 in 2015 in its Worldwide SMB Predictions 2015 Web Conference. However, these same SMBs may not have invested much thought or budget into backup and recovery options for their data.

Recently, Carbonite, one of the leading companies providing cloud solutions for businesses, released its latest version of Carbonite Server Backup. This new version offers hybrid backup for both Exchange Online and Office 365, which could be the right data protection option for many SMBs that host their important company data in the cloud. Chris Chute, vice president of cloud and mobility practice for IDC, explains why the latest Carbonite offering makes sense for SMBs:

"Hybrid backup of cloud-hosted data has to date been a capability only larger firms with more complex IT departments could utilize. Now SMB IT managers and owners can utilize hybrid backup with Carbonite Server Backup, which offers an extra level of data protection that mitigates the risk associated with a single point of data recovery. SMB IT administrators and owners can rest easy, knowing they are not entrusting one service provider with all of their critical information and intellectual property."


Carbonite Server Backup can back up critical company data to the cloud, to a physical server or network drive, or to both. It also allows for individual backup and restoration for single Exchange mailboxes, which comes in handy when a single user needs a deleted email. With Carbonite Server Backup, the admin can even customize the storage capacity, network utilization, backup targets and the length of retention. The solution uses 128-bit encryption through Secure Socket Layer (SSL) and users can add additional protection via private key encryption.

As a backup option developed specifically for SMBs, Carbonite Server Backup also gives channel partners another security solution for their SMB customers at an affordable price. A free trial of the Carbonite Server Backup can be downloaded for both business and personal users.

Kim Mays has been editing and writing about IT since 1999. She currently tackles the topics of small to midsize business technology and introducing new tools for IT. Follow Kim on Google+ or Twitter.



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Mar 19, 2015 4:42 PM Troy Jefferson Troy Jefferson  says:
Having server backups for businesses is extremely important. It's impossible to plan for every scenario, but it is possible to be prepared for something to physically happen to your data. The fact that companies are offering free trials of this server backup service is great. It allows for people and businesses to see the peace of mind that can come from having their data stored somewhere for safe keeping, both physically and in the cyber world. Reply
May 5, 2015 9:28 AM sean sean  says:
I like the idea of being able to backup my cloud based data. I think that SMBs often ignore this because they think their data is already backed up if it cloud based. However, having a second system is always a good idea in case the cloud based data storage system you use crashes. Reply
May 28, 2015 10:22 AM Jordan Jordan  says:
Great to see all the options people have for recovering their data. No matter the size of the business, nowadays it is crucial to have a plan for if things fail so that you don't lose valuable data. Reply
Jun 29, 2015 7:42 AM DrewHarrison DrewHarrison  says:
Having a mix of cloud and physical storage is very important. Getting things on the go from the cloud is great. Also having physical backups can be reassuring as well. Thanks! Reply
Jul 8, 2015 4:30 PM Blakeley Blakeley  says:
It seems like this is a very good tool to use for data recovery. We all know it can be a little frustrating to lose precious data and for that reason are so grateful that tools like this exist along with professionals that are trained to recover anything that might have been lost. For any troublesome problems that cannot be self remedied you should always consult with a data recovery firm that can tell the best way to proceed or help you recover lost data. Reply

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