Carbonite, Seagate Hook Up for Coordinated Local, Online File Backup

 
 
By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-11-12 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Customers who purchase Seagate FreeAgent Desk or Go model external hard drives will receive an option to back up their desktop or laptop system plus the attached external hard drive through Carbonite's service for an annual fee of $59.95.

Online backup provider Carbonite and hard disk drive maker Seagate Nov. 12 announced a partnership to provide Carbonite's subscription-based service for both local and online backup.

Customers who purchase Seagate FreeAgent Desk or Go model external hard drives will receive an option to back up their desktop or laptop system plus the attached external hard drive through Carbonite's service for an annual fee of $59.95.

Carbonite, which features unlimited backup capacity, backs up files automatically through policies set up by the user. The service is now listed as an option in the setup software for the Seagate hard drives, a company spokesperson said.

There are benefits to both methods of backup: Local backup on an external hard drive is relatively fast and easy to do; online backup can protect data from dangers that local backup can't-such as fire, flood and theft.

Carbonite's service enables a user to access backed-up files from any computer with an Internet connection, which remedies lost data when an external hard drive is lost or stolen. 

Carbonite has been creative in its sales and marketing methods. In July, the Boston-based company hooked up with Sun Microsystems to provide its service via Java downloads. Users who download new or updated Java networking software for a handheld connected device, laptop or desktop computer are now offered a free 30-day trial of Carbonite for monthly ($4.95) or yearly ($55) windows of time.

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Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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