June 14, 2007
Data Protection Services is a company that knows how to protect data. Making sure business data survives a catastrophe is their business, but when Data Protection Services (DPS) claims they have the know-how, it’s not just an empty boast – they are speaking from experience.
When Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast and caused billions of dollars of damage to the area’s infrastructure, only a handful of area companies remained 100% operational during the hurricane and the weeks that followed. Data Protection Services was one. Their data center in downtown New Orleans was staffed and functioning the entire time. “We are very proud that our clients never missed a backup or a restore during the period when the city was effectively shut down,” said Jeff Danos, CEO of Data Protection Services, “and I attribute our success to three things: well-designed operational systems in place; a well-thought-out disaster plan; and, above all, dedicated staff.” (Read the story of how they accomplished this amazing feat in downtown New Orleans without electricity and water in the midst of the chaos of lawlessness and looting that occurred.)
Danos has some words of advice for businesses preparing for this hurricane season. “First, protect your people. Second, protect your data — everything else in a business can be replaced. We offer serious backup protection to businesses of all sizes that are serious about protecting their data. Online backup can fill a critical requirement of any organization’s disaster planning.”
Once considered impractical for massive data volumes, top-tier online backup providers like DPS routinely handle clients that back up multiple terabytes each day. There are hundreds of low- end providers, some even offering free service, and most of these services work well for home users. In a business environment, however, a more robust solution is called for, and the level of support must be much higher. “Data is critical to business survival, whether the business is small or large,” said Danos, “We have priced our service so even the smallest business can afford quality data protection. The most rewarding part of our Hurricane Katrina experience was knowing that our affected clients — many of whom lost their homes and offices — did not lose their data and were able to quickly get back in business. After all, that’s what data protection is all about.”