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.

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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Centralized File Storage Versus Distributed File Storage

Do you ever wonder where your data goes when it is stored in the “cloud?”  When it comes to online backup, many companies store all your data in one centralized place.  While this approach is simpler for the company, and may make access quicker and easier for the customer, what if the centralized storage fails?   If a server crashes, or a storage hard-drive dies, having all your files in one place means losing everything.  This completely overrides the point of having a backup system in the first place.   As we discussed in our last blog post, what if someone hacks into the data center?  This has happened at Citibank, Sony, Amazon and Visa.

Digital Lifeboat uses automated distributed file storage – breaking your files into small fragments, replicating and encrypting them, and sending them out into the cloud to be stored in multiple locations.  Think of it as putting your eggs in a few different baskets, or diversifying your stock portfolio.   Case in point: if you only schedule a backup to your Western Digital hard-drive, and your house burns down – you lose that data.  Or if you forget to schedule a backup, and your laptop hard-drive crashes, your files are gone.  With our process, your data isn’t all in one place, and it’s always accessible to you.

Maybe you keep all your documents stored on Google Docs; all your photos stored on Picasa; 300mb of CRUCIAL data, stored on Google's cloud; none of which are backed up anywhere else.  Imagine Google unexpectedly deletes your account in error, or you receive a “network server error” (much like the Amazon outage) – where would you turn?

At Digital Lifeboat, we don’t keep all your eggs in one basket, which makes your data easily accessible to you, regardless of power outages and acts of nature.  We understand the nature of backup systems and we keep your crucial data safe with our encryption and online file storage process.

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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