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Drobo, makers of data storage products for small and midsize
businesses, and Carbonite, a provider of online backup solutions which
provide customers with "anytime, anywhere access" to their stored
files, announced a partnership under which the companies will
collaborate to provide small businesses with an onsite storage and
cloud backup solution. Pursuant to the partnership, Drobo business
customers can purchase a 14-month subscription of Carbonite’s new
Business or Premier Business cloud backup solution for the price of a
12-month plan.

Designed specifically for customers who need storage capacity
without the complexity and price of legacy storage, every Drobo is
powered by BeyondRAID technology that automates traditional storage
challenges such as data protection, capacity expansion and application
performance optimization. Tom Buiocchi, CEO of Drobo, said the
partnership with Carbonite adds the easiest and most affordable cloud
backup to an overall data protection strategy for small businesses.

"All businesses are thinking about storage and data protection as a
single entity as they increasingly rely on digital information," said
Brian Babineau, vice president of research and analyst service at
Enterprise Strategy Group. "The partnership between Drobo and Carbonite
enables small businesses to affordably keep their most valuable
information assets safe without the complexity that is usually
associated with traditional storage and backup offerings."

Carbonite’s small business solutions are tailored to meet the needs
of two distinct small business groups – smaller offices with multiple
computers and larger offices that also require server backup. Carbonite
Business backs up an unlimited number of computers per year for a flat
fee of $229 per year (250GB included). Carbonite Business Premier backs
up an unlimited number of computers and servers for just $599 per year
(500GB included). Businesses can also add supplemental storage as their
backup needs grow.

"A comprehensive backup solution includes both onsite and
cloud-based elements. As such, Drobo and Carbonite already share a
number of customers in common," said David Friend, CEO of Carbonite.
"Our market research has indicated that small business customers would
augment their existing physical data protection strategy with an
automatic, cloud-based solution if it were affordable, so we built
Carbonite Business specifically to address those needs."