In a move to increase its global presence, Double-Take Software announced the acquisition of their strategic partner, Sunbelt System Software, headquartered in Paris, France, with offices in the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden and Belgium. The acquisition will extend the customer base of Double-Take Software by leveraging Sunbelt's footprint across Europe, Middle East, Africa, (EMEA) Australia and New Zealand."This year has been all about building upon our strengths and this acquisition punctuates our strong business momentum," said Dean Goodermote, CEO, Double-Take Software. "By adding Sunbelt System Software's multilingual collaboration and product expertise we'll continue to grow our market knowledge and world-class technical support, allowing us to maintain our leadership in this market."

Double-Take Software is best known for data protection solutions for disaster recovery (, high availability ( and centralized backup ( with first class professional services and training. Adding Sunbelt System Software to the equation, Double-Take Software will provide an established global presence thanks to a developed partner network across the EMEA region.

"We have always endeavored to bring customers the best products," said Jo Murciano, CEO, founder and chairman, Sunbelt Software. "The two companies' combined dedication and commitment to meeting customer needs with innovation and technology make us a natural fit within the Double-Take Software business philosophy."

Sunbelt System Software and Double-Take Software started their partnership in July, 1998. Since then, Sunbelt has continually grown their business not only selling Double-Take Software products but also by becoming experts in supporting and implementing Double-Take Software. During this time, Sunbelt System Software became Double-Take Software's exclusive distributor for EMEA. They are also one of the few Double-Take Software certified training organizations. Over the years, they have expanded their territory not only through direct sales but also by developing an excellent partner program.

Most recently, Sunbelt System Software has partnered with Double-Take Software in a series of educational forums designed to help customers prepare for the upcoming hurricane season. The companies worked together to share guidelines, training programs and provide a dedicated Web site ( to aid customers in their disaster recovery plans.

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