Carbonite Gets DRaaS Capabilities With EVault Acquisition

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Carbonite is acquiring EVault, a backup and recovery provider and wholly owned subsidiary of Seagate Technology, for $14 million.

EVault provides business continuity and disaster-recovery services for SMBs and small enterprises. The deal provides Carbonite with disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) capabilities.

Carbonite's Jessica CoutoWith the acquisition, Carbonite says it will provide a full suite of services that meet the needs of all SMBs, a market estimated to be worth $13 billion in the United States and more than $40 billion globally.

Jessica Couto, Carbonite’s vice president of North American channel marketing and sales, tells Channel Partners the acquisition provides Carbonite’s existing partners with a “robust line of cloud-connected appliances and DRaaS solutions, which will better serve partners’ needs, and enabling them to sell to both small and midsize businesses alike.”

Carbonite has more than 7,000 partners, ranging from VARs to MSPs. It also has partnerships with distributors such as Tech Data and SYNNEX, and national service providers including CDW, Tiger Direct and PCC.

“The combination of Carbonite and EVault gives partners the ability to sell a complete suite of disaster-recovery and business-continuity solutions designed for more complex environments with the ability to serve SMB customers at any stage of growth,” Couto said.

Carbonite expects to complete the acquisition of EVault’s North American assets in January, and to complete the acquisition of its assets in Europe before the end of 2016’s first quarter.

“The three (EVault) products we’re acquiring add critical functionality to our feature set, including supporting additional server operating systems (including Linux and VMWare), failover and a more robust appliance lineup,” Couto said.

EVault has more than 500 partners, mainly MSPs and resellers. Those partners will have the “benefit of working with two strong brands at opposite ends of the SMB market,” she said.

“EVault’s proven technology, which includes a line of highly scalable appliances and advanced DRaaS capabilities, enables us to round out our portfolio and immediately provide the features and functionality larger businesses require to support their complex environments,” said Mohamad Ali, Carbonite’s president and CEO.

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