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Thursday, 23 June, 2011

CloudBox: Safe In The Box, Secure In The Cloud

We are proud to announce the first joint product with LaCie - meet the CloudBox! Combing local and online storage in one device, the CloudBox ensures that your data is always safe, secure and - best of all - always accessible.
How It Works
With the CloudBox you do not have to worry about backing up your data in multiple places, instead you have double protection right from the start. All data stored on the CloudBox is not only stored on the device itself, it is also backed up to the cloud automatically. In case something bad happens to your CloudBox - theft, damage or fire - you can still access your files online and restore them immediately.

Data Security
Thanks to the CloudBox you have two copies of your files in two different locations without having to lift a finger. Before your data is sent to the cloud it is encrypted directly on the CloudBox itself, so that no one - not even LaCie as the provider - can access it. The Online Restore application also lets you access up to 10 previous backups and gives you the opportunity to restore your complete online backup within minutes.

The CloudBox is available in 100 GB capacity and includes a one year backup contract for 100 GB which can be easily renewed. Prices start at 229.90 CHF (VAT included) / 199.99 USD / 199.90 EUR (VAT included). Learn more at www.lacie.com.

[UPDATE: Typo with the price in EUR. Now updated.]

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Blogger Anonymous said...

Is CloudBox based on Wuala?

I am a little bit disappointed by the product. It is mainly a small-size NAS with cloud-based backup. No remote access. And rather expensive, especially in CHF. As a Swiss company, you certainly know that CHF 229.90 is far away from USD 199.99. USD 200 is less than CHF 170.

June 23, 2011 19:57 PM

Blogger Anonymous said...

Sorry but 100Gb is a joke in 2011, my pictures are twice that size already. Also agree with the previous poster that, apart from this being a waste of physical space it is also a waste of money.

June 24, 2011 6:44 AM

Blogger Nuno Teixeira said...

I don't think it is that bad. You are basically buying online storage, but you also get the benefits of having all of your files offline in a small, compact and beautiful drive. It's good for the "not so hardcore users" that just want to backup a few files without worrying about upload/download. And most people have much less than 100GB of documents.

It also introduces a new concept in the market. I haven't seen anything like this before....

June 24, 2011 7:10 AM

Blogger Anonymous said...

Nice concept. Not enough space for me. I would rather like wualu running on my synology nas :)
have you recently checked the exchange rates? 120€ = 145CHF yesterday!!!

June 24, 2011 9:05 AM

Blogger Oona Grauers said...

Hi everyone,

Thanks for your comments so far!

Pricing: There was a typo with the EUR pricing. I have updated this. Thanks for noticing!

Amount of storage: As Nuno mentioned, the CloudBox is aimed at uploading your most important files you do not want to loose (docs, pictures). For the normal user 100 GB should be enough.


June 24, 2011 10:44 AM

Blogger Anonymous said...

Dieses Konzept habe ich längst erfolgreich umgesetzt: Festplatte, Kleines NAS im Büchergestell und natürlich WUALA. FUNKTIONIERT! und lässt mich ruhig schlafen. Remotezugriff auf das NAS brauche ich ja gar nicht: hab ja WUALA ;-)
Einzig: 100GB ist auch für den SOHO-Bedarf schon ein bisschen eng, aber ausreichend zum starten

June 24, 2011 10:53 AM

Blogger Anonymous said...

I'm a little bit confused about the concept of this "CloudBox". I don't want to have my most important files (documents, fotos, videos, tax statements) saved on an unencrypted drive. For that reason I'm using Wuala as safe storage. Or is the CloudBox encrypted? Guess it's not.

June 24, 2011 11:02 AM

Blogger Oona Grauers said...

Hi Anonymous,

You are correct, the drive is not encrypted. I will pass on your feedback.


June 24, 2011 11:25 AM

Blogger Anonymous said...

No word on the LaCie webside that its based on Wuala.
Your marketing is reaaaaly worse anyway.
You don't even get mentioned beside Dropbox in the big IT-Newspapers like Ct & iX most times.

June 24, 2011 16:30 PM

Blogger Romain said...

I have a (synology) NAS. The system is running H24 on a fiber connection therefore I could backup some data in my wuala account AND host some data from the others peers.

Your product is great. I repeat, it's great.
But it is a shame that is closed to lacie's harware.

June 25, 2011 0:44 AM

Blogger Anonymous said...

What happens after one year? Some discount to renew the cloud subscription?

June 27, 2011 4:37 AM

Blogger Oona Grauers said...

Hi everyone,

Thanks for your feedback!

@Anonymous: The pricing for renewal will be similar to the Wuala pricing.


June 27, 2011 10:38 AM

Blogger Anonymous said...

The product is too pricey. I would rather use Dropbox or iCloud from Apple due to the seamless integration with the operating systems/files manager.

Further more you don't encrypt the files on the client side which used to be the wuala's strongest point.

This product is a shame and you try to rip off the people with a big price.

This market is getting crowded and therefore a lot of options to choose. Start bringing some unique features and then may be I will reconsider wuala.

June 27, 2011 10:52 AM

Blogger Anonymous said...

Great base idea for a new product. But the price space ratio is preventing me from buying one. Having a 100GB model for the common users is not a bad thing (tho I don't agree with your usage assumptions for those users at all). But having no retail option with a size comparable to the average NAS or external disk is simply a no go for me.
Try 500GB, 1 TB, that kinda region.
Having to store my backup images of my workstations on a second external box makes this product a lot less appealing to me.

June 27, 2011 12:59 PM

Blogger Anonymous said...

Nice product, could finally be the "right" backup solution. BUT: The data on the drive itself needs to be encrypted as well! E.g. for my company laptop I'm not even allowed to do an unencrypted backup...

And I'm a bit unclear exactly what this has to do with Wuala (except buzzword cloud)

June 27, 2011 16:11 PM

Blogger Oona Grauers said...

Hi everyone,

Thanks for your feedback and your suggestions which I will pass on.

In terms of what this has got to to do with Wuala is that the CloudBox relies on Wuala technology. Further, it is the first joint product with LaCie.


June 27, 2011 16:24 PM

Blogger Mike said...

@Anonymous: Encrypted backup is not a good idea if not absolutely necessary since there are always reliability issues with encryption. I would therefore be happy to use CloudBox without encryption as long as the cloud storage is encrypted.

@Oona Grauers: It is a pity that Wuala is not featured in connection with CloudBox. I hope that is not an indication that Lacie is about to phase out the 'Wuala' brand?!

Question: In case of a crash of the CloudBox HD, how can I access my backup'ed files?

June 29, 2011 14:27 PM

Blogger Oona Grauers said...

Hi Mike,

Thanks for your comment.
No, LaCie will not phase out the Wuala brand.

In case something happens to your CloudBox you can download the Online Restore App and restore your files with this app.


June 29, 2011 14:38 PM

Blogger Anonymous said...

the concept of the cloud box is great, but the product price itself is not good.

for this amount of cash, it should have at least 1TB harddisk drive and 100GB online space. there should be 2 partitions:
- my stuff (900gb)
- cloud (100gb)

i save all data on 'my stuff' and then i choose which directories i want to have in the cloud. prefered to do this remotely via mobile apps, so if i am not at home but i need a document i just can drag it into my cloud partition and it gets backuped in the cloud.

July 2, 2011 22:09 PM

Blogger Anonymous said...

The CloudBox should have at least 300GB of encrypted storage inside. The 300GB are for the following:

- 100GB local and cloud (current setup)
- 100GB for trading
- 100GB local (and cloud through trading)

This setup would strengthen the cloud, make use of a device that is running 24/7 anyway, and lower the cost.

The price should therefore stay pretty much stay the same, since 100GB and 300GB drives are not that different.

Generally Wuala prices are a bit high. I would appreciate if you guys could manage to come down a little, let's say 20%. Since I started to use cloud storage, I want to backup everything. Unfortunately that would become too expensive, because I would need over 5 TB. Anyway, prices that were a little bit lower would encourage people to upload their pictures, or mp3 collections too.


July 18, 2011 18:39 PM

Blogger Anonymous said...

As an existing Wuala user, this box seems to be quite useless.

To use useful, I should be able to buy Wuala-enabled drives of different capacity (like 500GB, 1TB, 1.5TB), from laCie, and connect those to an existing Wuala account.

Then, on the admin interface of the drives, I could define folders to be synched with my existing Wuala folders.

This would render this device incredibly useful and extensible (since I could just add more Wuala storage if I need more backup space).

Same goes for the Business Groups, I encouraged my boss in buying one. Having a NAS "cache" the business files locally would be really great (and indeed replace a file server). However, since the device cannot be linked to existing Wuala accounts and groups, it doesn't fit that scenario either.

July 19, 2011 16:12 PM

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