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EVault Announces ‘Data Turkey’ Award Winners for Most Spectacular Data Recovery and Most Disastrous Data Loss Stories


Emeryville, Calif. – December 16, 2005 – EVault, Inc., the experts in online backup and recovery, today announced winners of its first annual Data Turkey Awards to honor business professionals who have lived through a data loss, or whose actions and quick thinking have helped to avert a data disaster.

EVault solicited award submissions in two categories – Most Disastrous Data Loss and Most Spectacular Data Recovery. Award applicants were asked to share lowlights and highlights regarding their data recovery and data loss situations. The awards were open to any small business owner, IT or business professional.

“EVault received an abundance of entries – some tragic, some funny and some just arcane – but all demonstrating the myriad of ways data can disappear forever and in the blink of an eye,” said Phil Gilmour, president and CEO of EVault, Inc. With its online backup and recovery solutions, EVault has helped perform millions of backups and tens of thousands of successful data restorations since 1997.
“It is our hope that programs such as the Data Turkey Awards will generate more visibility and awareness regarding the importance of secure online data backup and recovery,” said Gilmour.

The winner in the Most Disastrous Data Loss category was Brian Scott, president of Landmark Commercial – a commercial real estate firm based in Arlington, Texas. Scott’s entry proves how the path to data disaster is often paved with the best of intentions. When his server at work melted down, Scott went back to his apartment to retrieve a backup copy of critical business data he had stored on a portable hard drive.

“As I was leaving my apartment, the hard drive slipped out of my hand and tumbled down a flight of concrete stairs! I ran down the stairs, but after one look at the case, I knew that years of data and lots of valuable work were lost,” said Scott. “From that point on, every day I worry about backing up business data.”

The winner in the Most Spectacular Data Recovery category was Dunbar St. Paul, a 20-year veteran computer consultant and president of New Orleans, La.-based Computer Solutions. St. Paul’s entry detailed his travails during Hurricane Katrina, when his entire client base (30 companies in all) temporarily lost access to their data. St. Paul says recovery efforts for one client consisted of driving across the shoulder of the road, jumping over a fence and trudging through mud to reach the building – and then donning boots to wade through 18 inches of muddy, toxic water to retrieve his client’s servers. St. Paul worked to get businesses back up and running in hot sites from Memphis, Tenn. to Houston, Texas.

“All-in-all it has made everyone here aware of the need for secure, off-site, reliable and efficient data backup and storage,” said St. Paul. “We had a backup to tape – but here’s the kicker – the tapes were inaccessible. Nobody expects there to be a disaster, but the threat is fairly real – even though we hadn’t had a hurricane in 40 years.”

Winners each received a $500 American Express gift check and a free one-year subscription to EVault’s Protect online data protection solution for up to 10 gigabytes of data. EVault also will make a $500 contribution on behalf of each winner to a local charity or food bank of their choice.
About EVault

Founded in 1997, EVault is expert in secure online backup and recovery solutions. Reliable data protection is a critical element of an organization’s business continuity program. EVault addresses the entire data protection lifecycle with the simplicity and flexibility of centralized or online backup, high availability for rapid recovery, and email monitoring and archiving for regulatory compliance.

More than 7,000 partners and customers – including CUSA Technologies, SunGard Availability Services, the American Heart Association, and Sodexho – trust EVault software and managed services as the cornerstone of their data protection strategies.


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