CRU last week took over ioSafe, creating a company that owns both software and hardware assets to create disaster-resistant storage solutions. Given their different specialties, CRU and ioSafe do not have products that compete directly against each other, so the product lineups of both companies will continue to complement each other in CRU’s future family of devices.

ioSafe sells fireproof and waterproof NAS and storage servers. This somtimes includes servers designed by other companies, such as Synology. ioSafe’s products are aimed at clients from military or manufacturing industries who need disaster-resistant storage solutions and in some cases are tailor-made. By contrast, CRU develops and builds its products in house and specializes on rugged storage solutions for audio/video production, business markets, digital forensics investigators and so on.

While products from ioSafe and CRU serve the same purpose of protecting data, they are aimed at different customers and sometimes even industries. Which means that while there's overlap in terms of technology, there's very little overlap in terms of customers. After the acquisition ioSafe will retain its team and product families. Meanwhile, what remains to be seen is how ioSafe will continue to work with its external partners.

By taking over ioSafe, CRU gains experience in creating storage devices with superior protection against fire, water, chemical, altitude and other kinds of disasters and environments.

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  • Samus - Thursday, July 26, 2018 - link

    I have an ioSafe USB 3.0 backup drive at every client. They have a negligible price premium over a regular external plastic drive and compliment a 3-2-1 backup solution. Obviously most people will use off-site backup as the first resort for data recovery but if a fire nocks out the internet connection the ioSafe will continue to backup until the power goes out. Reply
  • Death666Angel - Friday, July 27, 2018 - link

    Negligible? 2TB USB 3.0 external drive: 65€. 2TB USB 3.0 external ioSafe drive: 420€. Reply
  • npz - Friday, July 27, 2018 - link

    How do you keep temps in check for a fire, especially if sealed? Even without direct combustion, wouldn't the high temps damage motors and circuits? What about effects on helium drives? Reply
  • piroroadkill - Friday, July 27, 2018 - link

    It contains a material that's normally solid, but changes into a gas as it gets very hot; basically boiling off, cooling the drives by evaporation. Reply
  • npz - Friday, July 27, 2018 - link

    Ah ok, thanks for the explanation. I guess there's a stated limit to how long it'll last in a fire then? Reply
  • Shuk Lahmann - Wednesday, August 01, 2018 - link

    It all comes at the whether the user would pay that much to get an ioSafe drive or just a regular 2TB USB 3.0 external drive. The important factor would be how important your work data is and you're putting too much money.
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