Wednesday, September 19, 2012

ioSafe N2 Disaster-Proof Private Cloud

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We're all familiar with The Cloud.  It's basically using a computer somewhere on the Internet to store your data and provide info like an email, calendar, or organizer.  However, those services are at the mercy of whoever is running the computers or the data centers where the computers are housed.
What if you could have the storage… yourself?  Does that strike a chord?  I thought it  might.  Now let's go one step further.  What if the storage was your very own and it was fireproof, waterproof, and network connected as well as multi-drive NAS/RAID?  Am I getting your attention?  Yup, I figured so.
If that sounds like something you'd be interested in, then read of for all the info from my friends at ioSafe.  This is the start of something big… trust me.  Here are the details:

It's all about you. Your data. Your stuff. All of it.

The ioSafe N2 is the first disaster-proof private cloud device of it's kind. Like an aircraft black box for your data, the N2 is designed to protect and secure terabytes of the most precious data on the planet - your data. 

The Cloud Problem: Slow, Pricy and Insecure

If you have a 20-30 GB to protect, the public cloud is an option. If you have terabytes to store, the traditional public cloud breaks down quickly.

Speed: Moving a terabyte online can take months. Three or four terabytes? Fuggedaboutit! Months to upload and months to download. It's faster to ship a hard drive across the country than to try to stream the data across the internet. The situation is only getting worse as data growth will continue to exceed bandwidth over the foreseeable future. It's the equivalent of pushing the Pacific Ocean through a garden hose.

Cost: To store a couple of terabytes on Amazon's S3 Storage over three years will cost over $8000. Granted Mozy, Carbonite or Backblaze combined with Dropbox can be a fantastic setup if (1) you don't have terabytes of data and (2) you don't have them on a NAS and (3) you don't care about disaster recovery for all your programs or OS in addition to your data.

SecurityNo one in the public cloud cares as much about your data as you do. Information gets hacked, deleted and compromised in the public cloud as the biggest databases represent the juiciest targets for hackers. Staying in control of how your local data is stored, accessed and managed is an excellent way to avoid risks of the public cloud.

Private Cloud: The private cloud (aka NAS with cloud-like applications: picture sharing, music streaming and file syncing) can help solve the speed and security issues associated with the public cloud. It's fast when you're local and accessible when you're remote. The security is set by you and only you: simply pull the plug out of the wall if you want to completely lock out all external access to your data. Once your data is out in the public cloud, you lose control over how or where your data is stored. It will invariably get replicated across the internet and can never be made completely secure again.

Disaster Recovery (DR) for the private cloud? Streaming your data offsite for disaster protection is slow and is fraught with unknown risks regarding your service provider's policies and employees. Trying to replicate onsite and then physically move the data offsite for DR is a daily hassle and expense. You risk losing the data through human error, an unlocked car, disgruntled employee, etc. - bad things happen. Streaming or syncing terabytes online leads straight back to the public cloud's cost and bandwidth issues.

Solution: ioSafe protects from natural disaster by wrapping its patented protection technology around vulnerable private cloud data - onsite. You get fast local access, redundant hard drives, security, nearly unlimited storage, cloud convenience, access to the data with virtually any device and onsite protection against natural disasters. It's a beautiful thing - digital Nirvana.

You can use our solution alone or in conjunction with your existing backup and DR practices if you have any already in place. Every situation is special and this technology is meant as a tool for you to use to reduce your vulnerability. There is simply no other another single solution available with all the advantages of the ioSafe N2 for speed, flexibility, cost and disaster recovery.


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