Today Boston-based, online backup provider Carbonite announced it is buying Zmanda Inc., a provider of cloud BDR solutions in Sunnyvale, Calif.
According to David Friend, Chairman and CEO of Carbonite, “Carbonite has focused on backing up computers and mobile devices, while Zmanda has focused on backing up servers and databases. In the small to medium business (SMB) market, most companies need both. Furthermore, IT resellers and MSPs want to be able to offer their clients a complete cloud backup solution from one vendor that protects both computers and servers…”
Notice the reference to the SMB market, not to mention managed service providers? Now hold that thought, because also today Persistent Systems, a software and technology services company based in India, entered into a definitive agreement to acquire rCloud, the business continuity cloud platform from Doyenz, of Santa Clara, Calif.
Again, one of the reasons Persistent Systems cited for the acquisition in its press announcement is that it enables the company to develop a stronger foothold in cloud offerings AND in managed services.
So, VARs, this should give you pause. if you're not offering cloud services yet, or even managed services, it's time to get crankin'.