Seagate reinforces BlackArmor NAS with IoSafe disaster-proof drive

Seagate displays at CES 2011 a combination of the BlackArmor NAS server with a Seagate-branded disaster-proof external hard drive from IoSafe.

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A rebranded IoSafe SoloPro displayed at CES 2011 next to a BlackArmor NAS server.
A rebranded IoSafe SoloPro displayed at CES 2011 next to a BlackArmor NAS server. Dong Ngo/CNET

LAS VEGAS--Soon you'll be able to make your BlackArmor NAS server even tougher.

Seagate today showed off at CES 2011 a new storage package that the company says offers the ultimate in data security. It combines the flagship BlackArmor 440 NAS server, which offers RAID 5 and up to 12GB of storage space, with an IoSafe SoloPro disaster-proof external hard drive, which is used as a backup drive for the BlackArmor server.

The external hard drive is branded with the Seagate logo and called a fireproof/waterproof BlackArmor external hard drive. This is similar to how the company has been bundling rebranded backup software from Acronis for its storage devices.

And for Seagate to call IoSafe external hard drives something of its own is not too far-fetched. Most of IoSafe's storage products are based on internal hard drives made by Seagate.

While neither company has specific plans to announce the deal, Robb Moore, CEO of IoSafe, called this collaboration a "natural move that gives the consumer the ultimate data security solution."

The IoSafe SoloPro, by the way, is an extreme external hard drive in terms of physical size and weight and even more in terms of its ability to withstand disaster. In a demo last year, IoSafe proved that a drive of the same type could survive water submersion and fire up to thousands of degrees.