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Yosemite Picks Up Laptop Backup

Yosemite Technologies today picked up tiny data protection firm FileKeeper, which sells near-Continuous Data Protection (CDP) software for laptops and desktops. (See Yosemite Acquires Laptop, Protection.)

Yosemite will maintain the FileKeeper Enterprise product, which performs frequent backups on Windows-based PCs. While it also works on desktops, Yosemite CEO George Symons sees the product being more popular for laptops, and a key part of Yosemite's strategy to focus on the SMB market rather than the enterprise. (See EMC's Symons Heads to Yosemite.) FileKeeper automatically backs up open files as they are saved to disk and performs automatic hourly backups of files that remain open, such as personal email folders and desktop databases.

Unlike true CDP, FileKeeper does not perform continuous backup that lets users restore lost data to the minute. FileKeeper users may need to go back to data backed up an hour ago if they need to restore.

FileKeeper is similar to IBM's CDP for Files, which is true CDP for laptops. (See IBM Brings CDP Home.) Microsoft's Data Protection Manager (DPM) works similarly to FileKeeper, but is aimed at server protection rather than PCs. (See Zi Signs Mobile Search Deal.)

Symons won't disclose the acquisition price, but he says buying Knoxville, Tenn.-based FileKeeper was a quick way to gain CDP technology and cheaper than developing it in-house. And he says it was the laptop protection that attracted Yosemite more than the CDP. "I talk about this more as laptop protection, and CDP is the technology that drives it," he says.

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