Connecticut-based disaster-recovery provider Datto today said it bought Backupify, a provider of cloud-to-cloud backup and recovery solutions for software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications. Datto said the acquisition will create the first complete platform to protect business data no matter where it lives.
Datto provides hybrid cloud-based backup, disaster recovery and business continuity products and services. With the acquisition, Datto will become a complete provider of data protection with technology that combines Datto's traditional hybrid cloud-based backup and disaster recovery technologies with Cambridge, Mass.-based Backupify's SaaS application-based data protection, the company said. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"At a time when data lives in and flows freely from on-premise servers and systems, virtualized environments and third-party clouds, data protection and recovery takes on a whole new meaning," said Austin McChord, founder and CEO of Datto. "Our team will help complete the vision of creating a total data protection platform that extends across a company’s entire digital ecosystem."
Some observers are saying that the new company will be interesting to watch because the companies have different business models: Datto historically has focused on the channel, especially service providers who in turn serve SMBs, while Backupify has tended to field bigger accounts.
Lots of Company
The new firm will have plenty of company in the cloud-based disaster recovery sector. CenturyLink recently acquired DataGardens, which has shown strength in moving data between on-premise and cloud settings, or from one cloud to another cloud. Also, Mozy, Carbonite, Dropbox, SugarSync, and Box all offer backup services, and are moving into enterprise cloud disaster recovery.
Along with Datto's acquisition of Backupify, the trend could lead to a wave of consolidation in the data backup industry, or constitute a wave of its own. With numerous cloud storage companies offering similar services, the synergies available to cloud backup and business continuity/disaster recovery companies could make for a more consolidated industry.
Datto said the combination of the two companies’ resources will eliminate the issue of having all data protection plans be as fluid as the information flowing in and out of the companies that rely on them. As more critical data continues to move to the cloud and companies must decide which workloads to protect, the combined company will provide the broadest range of options for backup, disaster recovery and business continuity, according to Datto.
Both companies have successfully sought funding in the past -- Backupify raised about $20 million in one round, and Datto raised about $25 million.
The new platform created by the sale will bring new services to customers through the channel by offering instant recovery and protection of data in the face of any disaster or IT failure, according to Datto.
"Until now, the cloud platform market had no way to fully extend data protection across the digital landscape," said Rob May, CEO of Backupify. "The best way to safeguard the world’s business data and keep companies running no matter what was to join forces to build a total data protection platform."