May 18, 2010
The Oklahoman | OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma City company is providing companies nationwide with backup data storage as concerns grow about cybersecurity and data safety.
CoreVault, which specializes in online data backup and time-sensitive restoration, boasts clients in more than 30 states and several countries. Jeff Cato, CoreVault’s vice president of marketing, said the company has seen an uptick in business as companies look to improve their security, automation, regulatory compliance and off-site data storage to prevent lawsuits and damaged reputations that result from data loss.
"Data storage and restoration used to be seen as a luxury, but companies are starting to view our service as indispensable as the computer itself,” Cato said. "Think of it this way — you can’t bill your customers if you don’t know who owes you money. All it takes is one significant data loss — like critical customer billing information — and it could mean losing your clients, their money and result in your business failing.”
Although businesses in Oklahoma have typically been slower to adopt online data backup compared with those in other regions, Cato said that is changing. He said companies in Oklahoma tend to think of data backup more during tornado season.
For some in Oklahoma, even that view is changing. "Consumers are beginning to recognize that it doesn’t take a natural disaster to wreak havoc on a business,” Cato said. "While a tornado can cause irretrievable loss, human error, hardware and system failure can destroy your data just as decisively.”
One such client for CoreVault is the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Susan Adams, assistant director of development of the museum, said she no longer worries about data loss. "It’s sort of like when you leave home and suddenly you wonder if you locked your door,” Adams said. "We no longer have to worry that our data will be lost. Even when we’ve lost power, CoreVault has ensured that our data is protected.”
CoreVault owns two private and redundant data centers that are strategic in their geographic locations. One center is in Oklahoma City, while the other is located about 120 miles away, ensuring that service will remain operational.