Versatile 2-bay NAS engineered for total data protection The ioSafe 218 is fireproof and waterproof 2-bay NAS, designed to deliver optimal reliability while protecting data from natural and man-made disasters. Cloud-enabled and powered by Synology's multiple award-winning DiskStation Manager operating system, the 218 NAS includes apps for remote access, collaboration, file syncing and sharing, video surveillance, photo management and more. The Fire and Waterproof NAS/RAID Storage Solution The ioSafe 218 is a fireproof and waterproof, network connected, multi-drive NAS/RAID storage device for terabytes of your precious or business data. Designed to be the center of your private cloud, the ioSafe 218 is powered by a Synology DSM motherboard and operating system. It allows for fast access on your local network and remote access from nearly any device connected to the internet - all secured and protected by you. The ioSafe 218 is designed and assembled by ioSafe in California - a data storage company with a vision to protect the world's photos, videos and business data in the vulnerable public cloud. It's all about you. Your data. Your stuff. All of it. The ioSafe 218 is the first disaster-proof private cloud device of it's kind. Like an aircraft black box for your data, the ioSafe 218 is designed to protect and secure terabytes of the most precious data on the planet - your data The Cloud Problem: Slow, Pricey and Insecure If you have 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. Security No 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. The ioSafe 218 has a hardware encryption engine that supports AES-NI encryption for securing your data on-site. 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.