Backup Systems Can Avert Disaster For Agents And Insurers

Las Vegas

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.”

According to Executive, Undelete can instantly recover detected files from anywhere on a network, even files that bypass the recycle bin. It also features Emergency Undelete, “which enables users to restore files that were deleted before Undelete was even installed.”

Undelete 3.0 runs on Microsoft Windows XP, Windows NT and Windows 2000, the company said.

New features include: the ability to capture and display the user account that was used to delete a file; enhanced search capabilities (by date created, date deleted, owner, who deleted the file); overwriting of deleted files from the recovery bin so that they cannot be found or read, and the ability to recover compressed files directly from a disk.

Undelete 3.0 is available in Server, Workstation and Home versions at www.execsoft.com, according to the company. Prices are $49.95 for Workstation, $259.95 for Server and $29.95 for Home.

Portlock Software announced Portlock Storage Manager 4.0, “providing disaster recovery and server-to-server migration for NetWare and Windows servers.”

According to Butte, Mont.-based Portlock, users of Storage Manager 4.0 can copy, create, clone, image, restore and resize aspects of their data. “Disaster and data recovery of failed servers is very fast and dramatically simplified.”

Key features include: ability to boot systems from a floppy diskette or bootable CD; the operating system is restored automatically as part of the recovery process; ability to image and restore up to 40GB per hour with high performance tape drives; data can be restored to the same hardware or new units, and use of DVD media for backup storage.

Price per server for Portlock Storage Manager for NetWare is $295, with reductions for increased volume. Further details are available at www.portlocksoftware.com.

AlphaOmega Soft Inc. debuted its FinalData Version 2.0 family of data recovery products.

According to Bellevue, Wash.-based AlphaOmega, the new software products will expand capabilities and operating systems support, while offering a number of price points from which to choose.

The products cover a variety of data loss situations, including: accidental deletion of files; accidental disk formatting; disappearing disks and files; system crashes; application failures; damaged system files; damaged or deleted hard drives or partitions; damaged master boot records, and virus attacks, said AlphaOmega.

The company said the new products deliver tools necessary to “quickly and completely recover and repair damage to data that occurs accidentally or deliberately.” The products also offer a graphical user interface with support for all Microsoft Windows-based operating systems, as well as Unix/Linux systems.

The products and their suggested list prices include: FinalData Standard 2.0 ($79.95) for quick recovery of data; FinalData Plus 2.0 ($119.95), with a “never delete” folder and ability to permanently delete data beyond standards recommended by the Department of Defense; FinalData Premium 2.0 ($199.95), which includes the Plus features and adds ability to recover Microsoft Office files, Oracle export files, and e-mail messages; FinalData Enterprise Versions (pricing not announced), and Photo Retriever 2.0 ($39.95), for recovery of digital media files, said AlphaOmega.

Details are available at www.finaldata2.com.


Reproduced from National Underwriter Life & Health/Financial Services Edition, January 20, 2003. Copyright 2003 by The National Underwriter Company in the serial publication. All rights reserved.Copyright in this article as an independent work may be held by the author.