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Cloud Host StratITsphere to Hold Business Hurricane Preparation Conference

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Cloud hosting an data center provider StratITsphere announced on Thursday it will host “MargarITaville,” a business hurricane preparation conference and customer appreciation event.

Web hosting companies ought to provide disaster recovery planning services to their customers in the event of a disaster, particularly in areas prone to hurricanes. Aside from being beneficial to customers, DR services offer a great value-added service for hosting companies.

Hurricane forecasters are calling for a slightly below average 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, with 10 named storms, 4 hurricanes and 2 major hurricanes.

The event will held on May 3 from 2 to 7 p.m. at StratITsphere’s Alpha Data Center, located at 1510 Prime West Parkway in Houston.

“We’re trying to make the often unpleasant subject of disaster recovery planning a little bit more enjoyable with this event,” said Stephen Webster, president and CEO of StratITsphere. “We’ll be delivering a lot of valuable weather and technology information, but we’ll also have a lot of fun.”

Local Fox TV 26 News chief meteorologist Jim Siebert will speak about what the Houston area can expect in the upcoming hurricane season and what people can do to be better prepared.

In addition, StratITsphere’s IT infrastructure staff will discuss tips on disaster recovery planning and ways businesses can keep their mission-critical systems and data
safe.

The event will include visits from the Houston Texans Cheerleaders and Miss Austin 2012, live music provided by Sid- 17, prize giveaways including a Caribbean cruise for two and free t-shirts to the first 100 attendees, and an open bar.

The event is free, but attendees are asked to RSVP to sales@stratITsphere.com or 281-944-0325. Sponsors for MargarITaville include TW Telecom, AboveNet, CA Technologies, Ciena, NetApp, Evolve and Insight Global.

StratITsphere provides data center services, cloud computing, and IT infrastructure and security advising services to Fortune 500 and 1000 companies.

The company has three data centers, including its Tier IV Alpha facility, Tier II Echo data center with 2,000 square feet of data center space, and Tier IV Foxtrot facility with 2,500 square feet of space located 100 miles outside of Houston.

Talk Back: Are you currently offering disaster recovery services? Have you seen a demand from customers for this type of service? Let us know in the comments.

About the Author

Justin Lee has been a staff analyst with theWHIR since 2004. He writes about a range of web hosting and IT-related issues facing the industry on the WHIR website, as well the print version of the WHIR magazine. Follow him on Twitter @Justin_theWHIR.

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