Backup Systems Can Avert Disaster For Agents And Insurers
Information, in the form of electronic data, is the lifeblood of the insurance industry–for agents, carriers and all other concerned parties.
Electronic data can easily be lost, however, as a result of human error or man-made or natural disasters that affect computer systems. To help restore critical data to users, several vendors at the Comdex Fall 2000 technology exposition that was held here in November introduced new backup and data recovery products.
CMS Peripherals Inc. announced the next generation of its ABSplus Automatic Backup System software/hardware product line. The company, based in Costa Mesa, Calif., said it has made “several notable enhancements” to its software, focusing on the security and restore functions.
A key new feature is a One Button Restore interface. “In the case of a full computing disaster, this new patent pending restore interface allows users to connect the ABSplus to the host computer and initiate the restore option,” the company explained. “Once activated, the [product] will perform a complete restoration of all vital data from the last time a system backup was performed.”
Lost data, such as accidental deletions, can be recovered by simply clicking on the Restore Button, said CMS. The company claimed the feature would reduce downtime and increase return on investment by decreasing “help desk or IT department involvement.”
The One Button Restore feature also allows users to redirect restored data to alternate locations, the company added.
For increased data security, CMS said it has added an advanced security feature for USB 2.0 and FireWire versions of ABSplus. If the unit is stolen, the new element prevents unauthorized use, thereby protecting sensitive data.
“Without the correct password, the ABSplus is rendered completely inoperable,” the company stated.
The “plug and play” device is controlled by CMS own backup software. The software performs a complete backup of a notebook, desktop or Tablet PCs entire hard drive once the device is connected, said CMS.
The new, bootable notebook ABSplus with a choice of interfaces, is now shipping in capacities of 20GB, 30GB, 40GB and 60GB, the company noted. Pricing starts at $299.
Information is available at www.cmsproducts.com.
Executive Software announced that it is now shipping Undelete 3.0, an instant file recovery utility.
According to Burbank, Calif.-based Executive, “Undelete 3.0 enables any computer user to recover critical files or to permanently delete them with little effort.”
“Everyone has accidentally deleted a file at some point,” said Bert Kleinschmidt, Undelete program manager for Executive Software. “Its not only frustrating, but it can also be very costly. Undelete can recover a file in seconds with only a couple of mouse clicks and save hours looking through backup tapes that may have incomplete data.”