How ioSafe is Bringing Private Clouds Down to Earth

With the world’s data usage pushing 80 exabytes per month by 2015 (one exabyte is equal to one billion gigabytes), no doubt a significant percentage of that is located somewhere in your personal files. Whether it is business-related or personal, people and businesses are using more images, video, and large documents than ever before. One of the latest necessities of life is an external hard drive of some kind to back up important data – whether that be your businesses’ contracts or your spouse’s mega-playlist of music.

That external hard drive, though, is as strong as the computer you saved it off of. In other words, a fire or a flood will wipe it out fast. You’ve no doubt heard of online file-saving options like ADrive or any number of other solutions, many of which are free. Some people don’t like the idea of their personal data just ‘floating’ in the nether world of the Internet, whether or not it is on secure servers.

So what is one to do? In January of next year, ioSafe is planning on rolling out a personal ‘black box’ of sorts, which they’re calling the ‘N2.’ The N2 is going to be a self-contained, fire- and water-proof, network-connected, multiple-hard-drive device that will store up to eight terabytes of data.  The company offers plenty of other products for data storage, but the N2’s network capability means it can be accessed remotely without needing a physical hook-up.

Since ioSafe is a small company, they’re seeking financing for this project through Indiegogo, which is sort of like Kickstarter in that people pledge money to a project and when it hits its goal, it comes to life. The company is looking for $150,000 to hit its goal to help them develop the N2, and as of this writing with 26 days remaining, they’ve managed to raise $14,600 thus far.

Check out the site to see a video about the N2; skip to about 1:58 to see the actual product itself. The protective capabilities of the N2 are great when you compare it to a ‘normal’ data storage device. For example, the N2’s fireproof capability is rated at 1,550 degrees for 30 minutes. An average home or office fire (typical structure fire) can go anywhere between 800 to 1000 degrees, but may spike to 1500 near the ceiling area.  Keeping the device located as close to the floor as possible would be the most recommended area being that in most cases it would be subject to the least amount of heat.  However, how much peace of mind this brings you might be arguable, but something is definitely better than nothing.


About Michael Eckenfels

Michael is a writer and instructional designer, having worked in both fields for over a decade. He has had extensive corporate and freelance experience with a variety of business fields, including oil and gas, finance, health care, entertainment, and computer software. Michael is also an actor, having been in a wide variety of stage, series, and films over the last three years.