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Peak 10 Encourages Businesses to Prepare for Active 2010 Hurricane Season

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Industry Leader Releases Disaster Recovery Checklist for Florida Businesses

FORT LAUDERDALE, JACKSONVILLE and TAMPA, Fla. (June 3, 2010) – Peak 10 Inc., a managed services company with world-class data centers, is reminding businesses and organizations to update and test their disaster recovery plans as the 2010 hurricane season gets underway.   With state-of-the-art data centers in 10 major markets in the United States including Tampa, Jacksonville and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Peak 10’s facilities are interconnected by a high performance, fully-redundant private network that allows its customers to back up their data real-time in multiple geographic locations.

Peak 10 is encouraging all organizations to review their current disaster recovery and business continuity programs. Whether through the threats of natural disaster, cyber attack, or simple human error, all networks are vulnerable to data loss. A successful Disaster Recovery (DR) plan can minimize downtime and the impact it has on employees, partners, customers and a company’s bottom line.

This year’s hurricane season on the Atlantic seaboard, which began June 1 and lasts through Nov. 30, is expected to be “active to extremely active” according to the annual U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) report issued May 27, 2010.  The NOAA predicts 14 to 23 named storms, including eight to 14 hurricanes. Three to seven of these could be major hurricanes, making this year one of the most active on record.  Seasonal averages typically account for 11 named storms, two of which are major.

“One of the most talked about but least implemented initiatives concerning IT infrastructure is the design and execution of a DR plan,” said Allen Skipper, senior vice president of market operations for Peak 10.  “We hear the predictions every year of the possibility of an active hurricane season and regardless of the number of storms, it only takes one to produce devastating consequences. Therefore, we encourage all businesses to spend some time creating or testing their plans to ensure their businesses will remain intact and profitable should a natural disaster occur.”

For the last decade, Peak 10 has helped companies assess their DR plans and identify potential areas for improvement. One tool it has used to do this is its widely popular DR Checklist, which poses thoughtful questions to help companies determine weaknesses in their plans.

Peak 10 utilizes its geographically diverse data center network to provide scalable business continuity solutions that ensure availability, security and integrity of critical data and business applications 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Utilizing Peak 10 solutions, businesses hit by disasters can immediately recover technology infrastructure, data, and applications through mirrored production environments and also gain much needed access to office space, communications equipment, bandwidth and hardware.  Peak 10 owns and operates data centers in 10 key markets that include Cincinnati, Ohio; Atlanta, Ga.; Raleigh and Charlotte, N.C.; Tampa, Jacksonville and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Nashville, Tenn.; Louisville, Ky.; and Richmond, Va.

About Peak 10, Inc.

Peak 10 is a managed services company with world-class data centers. It delivers scalable, economical and reliable solutions for hosting and managing complex information technology infrastructure.  The company’s expert team embraces the industry’s evolving technologies by adopting and tailoring solutions such as virtualization and cloud-based services as part of its robust managed services offering. Its strong customer focus, financial stability, geographic diversity and technical strength attracts market-leading companies such as LendingTree, Global Knowledge, Pergo, Healthways, Churchill Downs and The Fresh Market. Peak 10 is SAS70 Type II compliant and helps companies meet the requirements of various regulatory compliance acts such as Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), HIPAA, PCI and Gramm-Leach-Bliley (GLBA). For more information on data center solutions from Peak 10, visit www.peak10.com.

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"Our values are the foundation for everything we do at Peak 10, and are ultimately what enable us to earn our customers' business and their trust."
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