I was a CPA for umpteen years, says Gilmour, CEO of storage services provider EVault Inc. I was always involved with technology as a fun thing, because accounting was so damn boring.
During Gilmours accounting days, his company ran a service allowing customers to manage 401K plans online. Then the database failed. I always thought accountants were anal people and would have it all backed up; but Ill be darned, we were backing up corrupt data on tape and it didnt restore. I lost lots of money and market data."
The experience prompted a life change. Gilmour bought his own small backup company in 1997, re-named it EVault, and moved it from Toronto to Walnut Creek, Calif. Today, Gilmours customers are people like himself who fundamentally distrust tape. Although EVault does offer tape backup, most of its business is disk-based backup products and services.
We find that companies are anxious to give up tape, he says. Theres no question tape is a much more burdensome methodology, a 40-year-old methodology born out of old mainframe technology."