Drobo, Carbonite in Cahoots for Land-Cloud Storage Partnership

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-08-17 Print this article Print

Like Carbonite, Drobo specializes in sophisticated, yet easy-to-use, storage systems for small businesses.

Drobo, a uniquely named newcomer that makes network data storage products that non-IT specialists can install and operate, Aug. 17 announced a collaboration with cloud-storage backup provider Carbonite that will provide customers with 24/7 access to their stored files.

Optional products to go with Carbonite's cloud service include an 8-bay file-sharing Drobo desktop device with remote backup; an 8-bay, iSCSI-attached Drobo SAN (storage area network); and a 12-bay SAN (also iSCSI-attached) appliance. The latter features such enterprise-type features as redundancy, support for thin provisioning and deprovisioning, and new data-aware tiering, Drobo said.

Drobo customers who sign up for the co-op deal can purchase a 14-month subscription of Carbonite's new Business or Premier Business cloud backup for the price of a 12-month plan. The new Carbonite small-business offerings, introduced June 15, provide a reliable turnkey-type off-site backup service for companies with 20 or fewer computers.

Like Carbonite, Drobo specializes in sophisticated, yet easy-to-use, storage systems for small businesses. Every Drobo uses patented BeyondRAID IT that automates traditional storage features, such as data protection, capacity expansion and application performance optimization.

"A comprehensive backup solution includes both on-site and cloud-based elements. As such, Drobo and Carbonite already share a number of customers in common," Carbonite CEO David Friend said.

"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."

Carbonite's small-business services are aimed at 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 $599 per year (500GB included). Businesses can add supplemental storage as their backup needs grow.

Drobo's 8-bay machines are available now; the 12-bay SAN storage unit will ship in the second quarter of the year, Drobo said.


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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