Yosemite acquires CDP vendor

By Ann Silverthorn

—Yosemite announced today that it has acquired FileKeeper, a company that provides "near" continuous data protection (CDP) for Windows environments. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

FileKeeper's near-CDP software will be branded as Yosemite FileKeeper and will augment the company's suite of backup software products. Initially offered for desktops and notebook computers, FileKeeper's CDP technology will also be included in future releases of Yosemite Backup software.

The near-CDP technology protects files every time they are saved. For open files, such as Outlook, FileKeeper protects them on a periodic basis, such as every hour or half hour.

George Symons, Yosemite's CEO, says FileKeeper is designed for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) that do not have large IT staffs and/or whose IT staffs are not experts in storage.

"It's got to be easy to deploy, manage, and recover," says Symons. "SMB IT staffs don't have time to recover a file for an individual. With a [right-click on the mouse], the software displays the protected versions of a file, the user selects a version, and the software recovers that version."

The software can be centrally deployed from the data center to the protected devices. When not connected to the network, FileKeeper protects the files locally and then backs up when the desktop or notebook computer rejoins the network.

Yosemite FileKeeper sells for $45 per client for a stand-alone package, or $30 if purchased with Yosemite Backup software. Yosemite Backup is priced at $649 per backup server in the "standard" edition and $3,499 per backup server in the "advanced" version. Each license allows up to five servers.

Yosemite partners with vendors such as Dell, Exabyte, Gateway, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, and Quantum.

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This article was originally published on February 13, 2007