updated 02:50 pm EDT, Tue October 24, 2006
Zettabyte zBox Drive
Zettabyte has just announced a backup device and service that it hopes will replace conventional, physical-only backups. The zBox maintains the same amount of storage in an hourly online backup service hosted by Amazon as it does on its local hard drive, creating redundancy in case either the local drive is destroyed or the remote storage is inaccessible. The zBox system is protected by 256-bit AES encryption and can roll back to earlier versions of files or settings if a change proves disastrous, Zettabyte says. The device and its service are available now starting at $49 per month for 30GB of storage; more dedicated companies and individuals can subscribe to as much as 690GB of storage for $299 per month.