Carbonite, Tech Data Partner on Cloud Platform for Small Businesses

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Carbonite's portfolio of offerings is available immediately to Tech Data's channel of solutions providers in the United States.

Technology distributor Tech Data and cloud-based data protection specialist Carbonite announced a partnership to offer Carbonite's suite of data-protection solutions, aimed at small and midsize businesses (SMBs), through Tech Data's TDCloud business unit.

Carbonite's cloud backup is designed to provide online backup to protect small businesses' data and offers secure solutions with any time, any place access through any Web-connected device. Authorized Carbonite resellers gain access to the Carbonite Web-based administrative dashboard to manage and monitor their clients' backups. Additionally, Carbonite's proprietary technology supports Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance through automated off-site data-protection with on-demand recovery.

"We are excited to partner with Tech Data to help us further accelerate our ability to reach more channel partners," Pete Lamson, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Carbonite, said in a statement. "With Carbonite, our channel partners are armed to help their small-business clients focus on their core businesses—confident they can work with one provider to ensure all of their clients' critical data assets are backed up easily and affordably."

Carbonite's portfolio of solutions, including Carbonite Business, Carbonite BusinessPremier, and Carbonite BusinessPremier with Enhanced Server Backup, are available immediately to Tech Data's channel of solutions providers in the United States, a company statement explained. Tech Data’s TDCloud is powered by the company’s StreamOne platform, an automated technology that scales the business and operational scope associated with cloud and subscription services.

"This partnership is beneficial for our SMB resellers looking to adopt a comprehensive suite of affordable and reliable data backup solutions," Joe Quaglia, senior vice president, of U.S. marketing and president of TDMobility at Tech Data, said in a statement. "Carbonite's services for data collection add another SMB-focused solution to our growing TDCloud business unit. Carbonite's solutions offer critical protection for business development, with ease of use that is key for our SMB partners."

Data control and potential data loss are among the most pressing cloud security concerns for businesses, according to a recent survey of 176 IT security professionals by integrated security information and event management (SIEM) specialist AccelOps.

While 65 percent of respondents' organizations are using cloud services today, only 46 percent have moved mission-critical applications and data outside the enterprise. The report also revealed that significant inhibitors remain in ensuring effective cloud security, with 39 percent of respondents believing that their existing SIEM and infrastructure monitoring tools are not acceptable to support their cloud security and regulatory compliance requirements.

Although organizations today are more confident in the security of cloud computing and have put in place better security practices related to cloud use, the affirmative responses were only around half (50 percent) for questions involving cloud security best practices, confidence in cloud services and knowledge of the cloud services in use within an organization, according to another recent study commissioned this year by CA Technologies and research firm Ponemon Institute.


Originally published on www.eweek.com.