ioSafe's Solo SSD ditches platters, isn't worried about buildings collapsing on it

Remember when ioSafe unveiled its original Solo right around this time last year? Man, that thing's looking mighty sluggish now. This year, the company is introducing the Solo SSD, which is hailed as the planet's first solid state external drive built to protect data from a building collapsing on it. Yeah, a building collapsing on it. It'll be available with capacities as large as 256GB and will get connected via eSATA or USB, and if you care to know, the ruggedness is due to the firm's own proprietary ArmorPlate steel outer casing. As for specifics, said tech helps the drive survive 5,000 pound crush forces, 20 foot drops onto rubble and blazing infernos to boot. It'll be available next month in the US for $499 (64GB), $749 (128GB) or $1,250 (256GB), with the full details / press release hosted up after the break. As soon as we catch some benchmarks on this thing, we'll be sure to pass 'em along.

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ioSafe® Introduces the ioSafe Solo SSD - World's First Disaster Proof Solid
State External Hard Drive

The ioSafe® Solo SSD is the world's first solid state external hard drive built to protect data from
building collapse, fires and floods. With capacities up to 256 GB and an eSATA/USB interface,
the rugged ioSafe Solo SSD provides unprecedented physically security for any data that may be
vulnerable to natural disaster.

AUBURN, Calif., January 5, 2010 -- ioSafe today announced the availability of the new ioSafe
Solo SSD - a solid state, highly ruggedized model of the award-winning ioSafe Solo desktop
external hard drive. Combining ioSafe's new proprietary ArmorPlate, a military grade steel outer
casing with SSD technology, the new ioSafe Solo SSD adds unprecedented shock, drop and
crush protection to the existing fire and water protection.

The ioSafe Solo SSD combined with ArmorPlate helps to protect data in a two story building
collapse, 5000 lb. crush forces, 20' drop into rubble and up to a 1000g shock. In addition the
original HydroSafe™, FloSafe™ and DataCast™ work to keep the drive cool during normal
operation and protect the data from fires up to 1550°F for 1/2 hour and complete water
submersion of 30' for 30 days in fresh or salt water. Like all ioSafe products, the ioSafe Solo
SSD comes with ioSafe's Data Recovery Service, a "no questions asked" policy to help
customers recover from any data disaster including accidental deletion, virus or physical disaster.
"The new ioSafe Solo SSD is the world's most rugged and versatile desktop external hard drive.
In addition to the USB interface, the new eSATA connection allows for fast data transfers and
full compatibility with almost any Microsoft, MS Server, Linux or Mac operating system. The
ioSafe Solo SSD can be used alone or in conjunction with any offsite or online backup strategy
to add real time, zero data loss, synchronous disaster protection to any data that sits vulnerable,"
said ioSafe CEO, Robb Moore. "Businesses, especially small businesses, struggle with disaster
recovery and regulatory compliance such as HIPAA, PCI or Sarbanes Oxley, can use ioSafe
hardware to add simple, inexpensive and secure protection. The ioSafe Solo is one of the easiest,
fastest and least expensive ways to protect your data."

Pricing and availability
Prices are $499 for 64 GB, $749 for 128 GB and $1250 for 256 GB. The ioSafe Solo SSD will
be shipping in February 2010 and available through the ioSafe website, ,
Ingram Micro and international distributors.

About ioSafe
Like an aircraft black box for data, ioSafe provides rugged, fireproof, waterproof hardware and
disaster recovery services as a cost-effective way for corporations and consumers alike to protect
their irreplaceable data. ioSafe is a privately held company with headquarters in Auburn, Calif.
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