"At my last company, we had a crash and lost everything, all our data. We basically had to restart the company from scratch. I never want to go through that again."
In late 2010, McDevitt founded Celebration Realty and Appraisal Services in Allentown, Penn., a firm that offers appraisals and other real estate services to owners of residential properties. At his former company, after a massive technology crash, employees raced to recreate files from paper copies and, sometimes, from memory. "It took a month before we even started to feel like we could still be in business," he recalls. "When you live through something like that, you learn the value of data backup."
When McDevitt started Celebration, he thought about a complement for the hard drive backup system, and he wanted a solution that would work not just for him but also for the other three employees at the company.
He embarked on a significant research effort, comparing different services and systems, reading user comments and comparing prices, user interfaces and maintenance needs.
He says, with a laugh, "I'm a very thorough person. I'm not going to choose a product unless I have tons of information about it first."