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Carbonite – manufacturer of backup and recovery technology – acquired Webroot for 618.5 million dollars (547 million euros). This is the largest acquisition for Carbonite ever and part of the strategy to become a leading data protection company, writes ZDNet.

Webroot was founded in 1997 and is now a private company that protects endpoints. In addition, it offers network protection, training for security awareness and services for threat intelligence. Carbonite is a Boston-based company that provides cloud backup storage services to consumers and small businesses.

The aim is to combine Webroot’s cloud-based security service with Carbonite’s backup and recovery technology to develop a complete endpoint security platform. “Backup and recovery combined with endpoint security and threat intelligence is a distinctive solution that offers one comprehensive data protection platform,” said Mohamad Ali, CEO of Carbonite.

The agreement is expected to be completed in the first quarter of this year.


Webroot is relatively unknown in Europe, but in the United States it is successful among many MSPs and has a substantial market share in the consumer market. Among other things, the company offers its Endpoint Protection solution, which must be rolled out by Managed Service Providers (MSPs) to their customers.

This software is based on Passmark and according to the company has the least negative impact on PC performance. Also, the software would work very fast and be very reliable. The solution runs almost entirely on the Webroot Security Cloud, which requires a good and fast connection to the cloud. The company has set up its entire cloud in Amazon Web Services. In a number of countries, some activities have also been placed at local data centres.

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