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Jun 22 2011   10:19AM GMT

Carbonite goes after small business market with new service

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Consumer backup big dog Carbonite Inc. announced this week plans to go after the small business market with their new Carbonite Business cloud backup offering. According to Pete Lamson, vice president and general manager of the small business group at Carbonite, they are targeting businesses with three to 20 computers.

Carbonite Business costs $229 per year and offers 250 GB of storage for an unlimited number of computers. Carbonite Business Premier, at $599 per year, offers 500 GB of capacity and the ability to back up one server.

The service allows individuals perform restores of their own files while a designated administrator has access to the entire data set. For restores of large amounts of data, Carbonite offers a rush recovery service. According to Lamson, Carbonite can overnight customers a hard drive containing all of their data for an additional fee.

Lamson also said that 86% of the companies surveyed in a recent Carbonite study on small business backup indicated that they rely on a physical device for some or all of their backup requirements. 42% said they backed up to external hard drives. 38% back up to USB/Flash memory stick, 25% are on CDs/DVDs, and 8% back up to tape.

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