Backing up Data from the Top of the World!

Last May,  Brian Dickinson started his ascent on Mt. Everest, and Digital Lifeboat was proud to sponsor his climb.  He said, “Climbing Mount Everest has been a lifelong goal of mine and I need an online backup service I can trust with all my Everest memories.”   During Brian’s Everest adventure – in which he climbed all 29,029 ft of Himalayan mountain – he checked in on his laptop, which had Digital Lifeboat’s online backup service installed and running.

When we said we would be with him every step of the way,we weren’t kidding.  On May 16th, when the reports came in that our software was backing up all of Brian’s photos, documents, and videos from one of the tallest mountains in the world, we were ecstatic.  Brian told us that Digital Lifeboat was definitely “the right choice” of online backup programs.

But the saga isn’t over.  Brian’s next adventure took him to Vinson Massif – the highest mountain in Antarctica,  located about 750 mi from the South Pole.  And again, Digital Lifeboat went with him!

Brian is the cloud!

From the top, Brian’s laptop continued to backup data, ensuring that his memories from Vinson Massif would be safe.  To learn more about Brian's quest for all 7 summits, and to read about his adventures, visit www.sponsor7summits.com. You can also support his efforts to raise money for AIDS Research with a donation.

Digital Lifeboat: Your Digital Insurance Policy

Digital Lifeboat for anybody who uses a PC for work, to store photos and music, to watch  movies, or for school – with the idea that those people need a way to protect their valuable files. We’ve created a software service that protects your “digital treasures”, is easy to use, and that “just works”.

Our founders have an extraordinary amount of experience with “data centers”.   We understand the time, effort, and cost of building data centers and keeping files safe.   We know the ins and outs – their significant security and operational risks.  This is how we came to be Digital Lifeboat - a distributive storage model for online backup and recovery.

As our lives become more digital, and as we store more of our memories, our finances, our entertainment, and our work life on our computers, we need a digital insurance policy.  We want to protect those files, make sure those files are constantly accessible, and most importantly, we understand the need to restore lost or deleted files.  As simple as that sounds, what we do is very complicated; our solution is an entirely new mode of distributed storage cloud service.  Digital Lifeboat software compresses and encrypts each file selected for backup. We then process these encrypted files with an Erasure Coding algorithm that disassembles files into fragments. Once these fragments are ready for transfer into the Digital Lifeboat Cloud, we securely send and store each of them outside of your home on different computers, web-wide. These encrypted, erasure coded, fragments are invisible on their storage hosts.

That means that we do store encrypted, erasure coded, fragments on your PC  - in the same way your files are being stored, you are hosting files from other members of the Digital Lifeboat cloud.  These fragments are invisible to your computer, which operates as if they aren’t there.  When you add more data to your hard drive, the fragments are automatically erased – making more room for your valuable files.  Our service is self-healing and self-managing.  Those erased fragments are distributed on other parts of the Digital Lifeboat Cloud. We only use a fraction of your free disk space, but you are never prohibited from adding more data to your hard drive; your system does not recognize the data we store, and you don’t have to manage it in any way.  In this way, you are the cloud.

Digital Lifeboat is like an insurance policy for your digital life. We are there when you need us, and we are continuously working around the clock to make the entire process easy – from installing our software, through the backup process, and of course the most valuable service of all: recovering your data.

Last Day of Free For Life

We’ve had a lot of good responses about the Digital Lifeboat Online Backup Service.  We’ve also learned where we can improve, thanks to all our current users.  To thank all those current Digital Lifeboat users, we offered them free online backup for life!

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Here’s what they had to say:

“I’ve had the Digital Lifeboat beta version for a couple of months and it works fine.  If your computer is beamed up by Klingon invaders, not to worry, your documents will all already been backed up, in encrypted fashion, remotely.  For free.” - Pete


“Love Digital Lifeboat!  I have a home server rigged up that store all of our photos, music, and documents. When I was reading a friends blog, I saw this in the sidebar.  After clicking through, I was impressed.  I had a Carbonite trial going that I wasn’t thrilled with, and I decided to try this.  I live a few miles from Ocean City, Maryland, and I saw that Irene was coming.  Unlike my friend who had to go around burning all of his family’s data to DVDs (He ended up using something like 35 DVDs), all I had to do was check to make sure that my Digital Lifeboat backup was complete, grab the “escape pod”(and external HDD that duplicates my document folders), and go. So I had a copy of my files with me, I had them on my server, AND I had them backed up with Digital Lifeboat. All this makes for one happy geek during a hurricane. Thanks!” - Patrick


“I have been using this service for nearly a year, and it appears to be backing up my system as promised. I have not had to use the restore functions, thankfully, but based on what I have seen so far I am very confident that it will perform as advertised.” - Gene


“I’ve been telling people about this service for a while now.  Haven’t heard any complaints, and everyone seems to be as satisfied as I have been.

I read about your product and beta offer, through Cloudeight.  I’ve been a member with them for over eight years.  I haven’t installed anything on my computers that has not been recommended by them, and I’ve never had any issues. I trust those folks completely, and have learned so much from them.  They had only good words for Digital Lifeboat.  And the keyword here is “service”.  I have found it to be more than satisfactory.

You guys have been great…and I wish you all the best.  Thanks for just being there.” - PB


On November 1st, we will start charging for our true cloud online backup service, so now is your last chance to install our application.  It's smart because it protects photos, music, videos and files, and if you sign up before November 1, the service is free – FOR LIFE.  If you haven’t used our service, now is the time.  Visit www.digitallifeboat.com to start your free trial before November 1.

In the meantime, if you’ve used our services, we ask you to tell your family; tell your friends; post on Facebook or Twitter; yell from the street corners…basically tell everyone you know.

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What is the Cloud?

What is the Cloud: www.educationatlas.com

What is the Cloud: from www.educationatlas.com

You may have heard by now that Digital Lifeboat offers cloud-based online backup systems. But you’re probably wondering just what is “the cloud” and how is it better than backing up to an external hard drive, for example?

Let's start with how your PC works. You open an application, like Microsoft Word, and you type a letter, and save the content on your hard drive. The application (Word) and the data (your letter) are on your PC. Cloud computing is an approach which involves the creation and deployment of services and applications over the internet, supported by a coordinated infrastructure. When you open your email, the application is “in the cloud” and when you send the email to a friend, the email is stored “in the cloud.” Lots of services like search engines, YouTube, Flickr and Facebook operate this way.

The popular buzzword, “cloud” simply means storing digital files on someone else's computer and accessing it by internet.

What people like about “the cloud” is that they can access content on-demand. What businesses like about “the cloud” is that it shares computing resources (networks and servers), that requires minimal management and effort to both access and release. With cloud computing, it’s easy to partition resources for you to use, and when you’re done using those resources, it’s easy to re-integrate those resources back into the cloud for others to use. Cloud computing is an efficient way to increase network capacity and utilization, without having to go out and purchase more equipment that – in the end – will just contribute to the growing problem of e-waste.

With all the different methods and applications used in cloud computing, it would be more accurately described as “sky computing”, with little grouped clouds for each application or service – one for Facebook, another for Salesforce.com, another for YouTube, etc.

 

Next up: What's up with “hacking” the cloud?

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