The Cloud is where itâ€™s at, if weâ€™re to believe all of the tech articles flooding the internet espousing the virtues of cloud computing and cloud storage. While it really does have its benefits â€“ being able to access your files wherever you are in the world even when you donâ€™t have your own computer, and the safety cloud storage brings to your data in the event your hardware suffers a catastrophic failure â€“ itâ€™s understandable that a lot of people still worry about the issues of security. Thatâ€™s why some people still think that remotely saving sensitive information through hardware they own is the way to go.
LaCie offers a happy compromise for people who like to try cloud storage but also still feel secure enough by having storage they own for their data. The LaCie Cloudbox offers two ways of saving files done simultaneously â€“ it saves the data on the attached 100 GB hard drive but it also automatically backs it up in the cloud.
As for the cloud storage aspect, you can rest assured that your data is protected. LaCie has painstakingly implemented multiple levels of security between the net and the servers. Whatâ€™s more, as an additional level of redundancy â€“ it will keep two copies of the file and then apply 128-bit AES data encryption. This is done even before the file is uploaded to the cloud to ensure that even if files intercepted no one can open it.
One cool thing about the LaCie Cloudbox is that it doesnâ€™t need your PC to be open to perform its functions. It does all of it from the unit itself. It will keep its connection with the cloud even after the files are uploaded.
The LaCie Cloudbox will cost Â£179.99, which includes the 100GB cloud storage good for a year.