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City to sue developer for damage to gas line
CLEARWATER – While operating a backhoe on October 20, 2009, employees of Suncoast Development of Pinellas County, Inc., did $1,659 worth of damage to a gas line owned by the Clearwater Gas System at the intersection of Flamingo and Fairhold drives in New Port Richey.

“Several letters sent to Suncoast Development of Pinellas County, Inc., have received no acknowledgement,” a staff memo to the City Council reported. So on Aug. 2, City Attorney Pam Akin sought and received the council’s permission to sue the developer.

Clearwater to back up computer files
CLEARWATER – On Aug. 2, Dan Mayer, the city of Clearwater’s director of information technology, sought and received the City Council’s approval to spend $247,478 to buy network storage, network backup and archiving management and applications, and a disc-to-disc backup and recovery appliance from Extensys Inc., of Palm Harbor.

The city’s current Symantec’s Net Backup system has been in use since 2002, making it almost an antique in the fast-changing world of computers.

“The continued growth of systems and business-related data storage demand necessitates increasing our storage capability and a review of our backup and disaster preparedness tools …” a staff memo to the City Council says. “The city’s disaster preparedness plan includes protection of systems and application data for all city operations. Technology advances have been trending away from tape systems to disc-to-disc backup tools. New systems are faster, make more efficient use of storage and are easier to deploy and maintain at off-site locations.”

Currently, backup materials are stored at the Iron Mountain facility in Lake Mary. Under the new system, devices in the Municipal Services Building, Fire Station 48 and police headquarters will compress the information and send it to off-site “sister devices” either in Tallahassee or somewhere in the middle of the state. In case of a hurricane, major fire or other catastrophe, the data could later be retrieved from the off-site facility.

“It’s a big market and it’s changing fast,” Mayer told the council. “We just want to make sure we don’t have to spend the money twice. We feel confident that we can reconstitute our systems in a worst-case scenario.”
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