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Rebit, which makes what it cheerfully calls “ridiculously simple” backup software for consumers and small busineses, said Dec. 5 that version 5 of its backup software has been integrated into Carbonite’s new Home Premier data protection suite.

Rebit, which has created a foothold in the desktop disk backup business in 2008 by building single-purpose plug-and-play machines that a computer novice can use, expanded into the network-attached storage (NAS) space for small-office and single users in 2010. Now it is partnering with a prominent cloud-based backup provider to expand its own horizons.

The Longmont, Colo.-based storage hardware and software maker’s new Mirror Image functionality complements cloud backup with local backup of data and system files and enables full system recovery, Rebit CEO and founder Paul Guerin told eWEEK.

Recovery is always the hardest chore for users following a device crash. Carbonite users now have the ability to recover the whole system–including in-state applications and settings–from an external hard drive, Guerin said.

By combining full system recovery with their cloud backup, users will have solid protection against both system and site disasters. In the event of a virus infection or a hard disk crash, the system can be quickly restored.

“Rebit’s software is the ideal complement to Carbonite’s cloud storage because it provides complete local backup and full system recovery,” Guerin said.

Adding the local backup for faster restores, as well as simplified full system recovery, makes Carbonite’s own offering more compelling, said Carbonite CEO David Friend. 

The combined Rebit-Carbonite desktop-and-cloud backup service is available now.

To read the original eWeek article, click here: Rebit, Carbonite Team for Cloud-Based Backup for Desktop Devices