Zetabyte ZBox: Backup Drive Beams Data to the Heavens

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Zetabyte's Zbox isn't just a networked storage device. Every bit you put on the drive gets uploaded to Amazon's S3 storage cloud. So, if an earthquake, tornado, flood, or any other natural or unnatural disaster takes out your pad, your stuff is safe and sound over at Amazon's batcave. The hardware doesn't cost anything. Come again?

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Ya, that's because you'll be paying about a buck per gigabyte every month for the privilege of online data mirroring. It costs $50 for 30 GB, and plans scale to about $300 for 690GB. The boxes themselves run power PC processors, have 128 MB of RAM, and check for software updates every hour.

This is basically better than any backup drive you can find...as long as you can afford it.

Zetabytes Zbox [via crunchgear]

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DISCUSSION

Zettabyte Storage has no affiliation with Google Inc. I'm not sure what gave BWGunner that idea, but we are a private company which is wholly owned by it's founders.

With regard to privacy concerns: All data is encrypted with AES-256 before it is sent off the local network. The current product requires that we (Zettabyte Storage) keep a copy of the encryption key so that we may restore your data in case of failure. Your confidential data is accessible only to you, and in theory to us. The next generation of product, which should be shipping in 4-6 weeks, will not have this limitation.

The next generation will optionally allow the client to require a USB key be inserted at boot time. An encryption key will be taken from the USB key and used to decrypt the root file system and to encrypt all client data. The client will be the only individual in possession of this key, though they of course could (should) make copies of it to keep in secure locations.

No key, no data. Not unless you've got a way of breaking AES-256 that you're keeping quiet about.

The kurobox is very inexpensive and a complete hardware platform, indeed the baseline ZBox is currently a Kuro at heart. Development of a new hardware platform is neither quick, not easy, nor reliable. The cost of which would, as with every other cost in a business, eventually have to be passed on to the client.

Vietor Davis

Zettabyte Storage

www.zettabytestorage.com