Sunstar Company Offers IM Support for Clients During Hurricane Season

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Los Angeles based Sunstar Company announced today that response to its free hurricane season disaster recovery consultation has dramatically increased as the first month of hurricane season draws to a close.

Los Angeles based Sunstar Company announced today that response to its free hurricane season disaster recovery consultation has dramatically increased as the first month of hurricane season draws to a close. In response to the increased demand, Sunstar Company will now offer IM support in addition to phone support.

“There are usually quite a few people involved in the process of implementing or assessing a data backup system,” says company president David Rose. “After the initial phone conversation, clients usually have questions or need to confirm info and a lot of people prefer IM for this type of communication.”

With hurricane season underway, businesses are moving quickly to analyze their current data backup strategies or implement new data storage and protection measures. Last year, hundreds of businesses lost critical data during hurricane season. With the cost to recover data between 3 and 20 times the cost of implementing a data backup system, being prepared this year is a top priority for many business owners.

Highly publicized hurricanes like Katrina and Wilma were the catalyst many IT managers needed to implement data backup systems in 2005. According to a survey by North American IT managers, 45% of IT managers stated that they used backup systems in 2005 compared with only 6% in 2004. Even so, 70% of those with data backup system keep their stored data on the same premises as the original data.

To protect data against hurricanes, Rose states that data should be stored in an offsite location to minimize the risk of loss. “The most effective process for true data security is to transfer data from disk to tape with a tape drive system and store tapes elsewhere in a fireproof room or safe.” Another alternative is to having additional disk storage at a remote location and on a daily, possibly hourly basis, update the secondary site with changed files from the primary storage. This can be expensive and the bandwidth must be in place.

According to Mr. Rose many companies wait to implement a backup system or update an older system because the process is confusing. Sunstar Company offers a free consultation to all businesses that includes an assessment and suggestions for potential solutions. During the busy hurricane season, Sunstar Company will make more of the company’s specialists available by IM to answer questions pertaining to data storage and disaster prevention methods.

“With the technology available today,” says Mr. Rose there’s no reason why any business, even a small home based business, should be without either a tape drive, network attached storage or a virtual tape library.”

Sunstar Company is a leader in data backup and data protection solutions. To receive your free consolation this hurricane season, business owners can contact 800-663-5523 or visit http://www.SunstarCo.com.

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