Rebit, Carbonite Team for Cloud-Based Backup for Desktop Devices

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-12-06 Print this article Print

The new Mirror Image functionality complements cloud backup with local backup of data and system files and enables full system recovery.

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.

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 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 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

Submit a Comment

Loading Comments...
Manage your Newsletters: Login   Register My Newsletters

Rocket Fuel