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Barracuda snaps up back up supplier

Security appliance vendor Barracuda Networks has bought itself a small slice of the data backup and disaster recovery market with the acquisition of Yosemite Technologies.

The Campbell, California-based vendor specialises in email and web security appliances, but also has backup and archiving product and services lines. The Barracuda Backup Service combines an onsite appliance with a monthly subscription starting at just $49, which replicates data to two offsite locations.  

It has said it intends to incorporate the Yosemite Backup technology into its own Barracuda Backup Service to supply services that offer incremental backups of applications such as Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft SQL, as well as Microsoft Windows state backup at no additional charge.

Yosemite Technologies is best known for its Tapeware product line, which sold well for almost a decade before it was discontinued at the end of 2006 and replaced by Yosemite Backup.

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Barracuda’s business model is to identify an area of technology that it sees as ripe for commoditisation, in order to take it to a broader market than its market rivals are currently doing. It then builds an appliance and markets the device into SMBs that have not been able to afford products from other vendors, or to enterprises that want to broaden their use of the technology.

It started life in anti-spam appliances, then added a content filtering appliance, and IM appliance and lately has come out with a load balancer with a built-in intrusion protection system.

Both companies are privately held and no fine details were released about the transaction.

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