Yosemite Scales Backup Heights

Yosemite Technologies on Tuesday added laptop and desktop data protection to its product lineup with the acquisition of FileKeeper.

FileKeeper’s near-CDP offering for desktops and laptops complements Yosemite’s server-based offerings and reaffirms the company’s commitment to the small and mid-sized business market, said Yosemite CEO George Symons, who was CTO of EMC before taking the Yosemite job last fall.

Yosemite moved into the enterprise market two years ago (see Little Yosemite Goes for Big), but Symons said he has been refocusing the company on the SMB market since coming over from EMC.

“It hurts SMBs a whole lot more to lose data than an enterprise,” said Symons.

Terms of the FileKeeper acquisition were not disclosed. FileKeeper’s product has already been integrated into the Yosemite product line, with pricing at $30 a seat with Yosemite Backup software and $45 a seat as a standalone offering.

FileKeeper’s CDP technology will also be integrated into future releases of Yosemite Backup software.

Symons said FileKeeper’s offering is similar to those from Microsoft, Symantec, Iron Mountain and Atempo, but he says Yosemite is well positioned to compete on the basis of simplicity and pricing.

With OEM deals with Dell, HP and Quantum and numerous channel partners, Yosemite also boasts a strong network for its offerings. The company estimates that it has about two million customers — at one time, 70 percent of tape drives shipped with a Yosemite seat license.

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Paul Shread
Paul Shread
eSecurity Editor Paul Shread has covered nearly every aspect of enterprise technology in his 20+ years in IT journalism, including an award-winning series on software-defined data centers. He wrote a column on small business technology for Time.com, and covered financial markets for 10 years, from the dot-com boom and bust to the 2007-2009 financial crisis. He holds a market analyst certification.

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