Disaster Protection in a Box

Ralph DeFrangesco

I was reviewing all the new gizmos that were previewed at this year's Consumer Electronic Show (CES) and came across this interesting device. IoSafe claims to have a completely water- and fire-proof storage device. The IoSafe Solo connects to your computer via a USB connection and comes in sizes ranging from 500 GB to 1.5 TB. Its specifications state that its fire protection capabilities can withstand 1550 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes. In addition, it can stand being submerged in 10 feet of water (fresh or salt) for up to three days.


IoSafe Solo home users can use the device for storing family photos, music, video and personal documents. Business users can use the device like any other external storage device to store critical documents, databases or documents that need to be operationally available on a daily basis.


I can see small companies using this type of device to store disaster recovery plans, contracts and contact lists -- all documents that will be needed if a disaster occurs. In disasters when the device can't be unplugged and taken with a user, it can be retrieved at a later time with a good chance that the data will be intact. This should not be used in place of a formal backup program, but it can provide a certain level of protection for documents that were worked on and awaiting a nightly backup. This is the time when documents are the most vulnerable.


Although I am not a big fan of external storage devices, I do see value in this type of device, given the level of protection and the price point.

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