Yosemite Technologies, a provider of data-protection software for servers, has acquired FileKeeper, which focuses on data-protection software for desktop and laptop computers. FileKeeper\u2019s system protects user files on notebook and desktop computers running the Windows operating system by storing a version of a file every time it is saved. This technology, known as file-level versioning continuous data protection (CDP), lets users review old versions of a file. That technology will complement Yosemite\u2019s existing backup solutions for servers operated by small and midsize businesses (SMBs), said George Symons, chief executive officer of Yosemite. Yosemite, a 55-employee company in San Jose, Calif., did not say how much it is paying for the five-person FileKeeper, of Knoxville, Tenn. Although the acquisition was completed in early January, on Tuesday Yosemite is introducing its first product from the combined companies. The acquisition better positions Yosemite to compete against data backup and recovery products from larger companies such as Symantec\u2019s Backup Executive, IBM\u2019s Tivoli Storage Manager and CA\u2019s BrightStor ARCserve Backup, Symons said. "Most existing products are very hard to use and require a lot of administrator time. [SMBs] don\u2019t have IT administrators with the time for it, and they can be fairly cost-prohibitive," he said. The 10-year-old Yosemite has already targeted the SMB market, but has found that relatively little data is stored on these companies\u2019 servers, compared to large enterprises, he said. Conversely, more of an SMB\u2019s sensitive data is on laptop computers that are a small business owner\u2019s portable office. "In that class of folks, people need a complete solution, and they need it to pretty much run by itself," said Lauren Whitehouse, a storage industry analyst with Enterprise Strategy Group. "Yosemite needed to get to the desktop and laptop because that\u2019s still where folks keep a big batch of their data." Yosemite isn\u2019t as well known as IBM, Symantec or CA, but it has 3.5 million customers for its server data protection, and they can be sold the new product that protects laptops and desktops too, Whitehouse said.\u2014Robert Mullins, IDG News Service (San Francisco Bureau)Check out our CIO News Alerts and Tech Informer pages for more updated news coverage.