Carbonite Acquires Double-Take In Bold Move To Add High Availability, Data Migration To Its Data Protection Line

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Cloud-based data protection technology developer Carbonite said on Tuesday that it had acquired the Double-Take Software assets of Vision Solutions in a move to bring its channel partners new offerings related to high-availability and data migration.

This represents the second major acquisition for Boston-based Carbonite which originally started out as a provider of cloud-based backup technology to consumers but which is now focused on MSPs and solution providers looking to protect and manage the data of small and mid-sized businesses.

It comes after Carbonite's December 2015 acquisition of EVault, which brought the company into the disaster recovery and business continuity business.

[Related: Carbonite Completes Sales Reorg Following EVault Acquisition: Mellinger Stays, Doggett Leaves]

Carbonite is paying just over $65 million for Double-Take Software. Double-Take was acquired by Vision Solutions in 2010 for about $242 million.

The acquisition is an excellent move for Carbonite, said Ed Tatsch, president of ETS Networks, an Arden, N.C.-based solution provider, and Carbonite channel partner.

"It's beautiful," Tatsch told CRN. "It fills out the disaster recovery needs of Carbonite. Carbonite a few ears ago tried to bring a disaster recovery appliance to market. We were one of the guinea pigs. It stank."

Tatsch said Carbonite also seems to have made a good deal for Double-Take. "Seventy-five percent off," he said.

Double-Take was for a long time the industry standard for warm servers, which were servers that were kept running in a low power state which did not need software licenses but could quickly take over in case of a disaster, Tatsch said.

The company since then has matured its technology. "If Carbonite can wrap its arms around Double-Take, it will be a great opportunity," Tatsch said.

Most of ETS Networks' clients are smaller businesses, but they include several architectural and medical firms and, for those companies, enterprise-class protection is a must, Tatsch said.

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