ioSafe BDR 515 Appliance Waterproof, Fireproof

Auburn, California-based ioSafe has entered the backup and disaster recovery (BDR) appliance business and announced the BDR 515, a backup storage device designed to withstand worst-case disaster scenarios including natural disasters, theft and loss of cloud connectivity.

The BDR 515 is a stand-alone BDR appliance that offers a wide range of hardware for a variety of workloads and applications. The backup device can feature between 5 TB and 30 TB of storage. Most interestingly, this product is fireproof for up to 1550-degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes and waterproof for up to three days when completely submerged in up to 10 feet of water, making the BDR 515 ideal for on-site data protection with its hardened physical security and cloud-redundant software solution.

IoSafe claimed that other BDR products don’t offer complete protection for data until it is replicated to the cloud, which can create a window of vulnerability when an Internet connection is unavailable. The BDR 515 creates virtual machine backup images locally and can physically protect that data, giving users the most up-to-date system and file images when recovering from a disaster.

The device is powered by Windows Server 2012 R2 and StorageCraft ShadowProtect SPX, a backup and recovery software solution offering automated network, cloud and local backup services in addition to granular data recovery (the program can retrieve individual files instead of just restoring whole images). ShadowCraft SPX supports Linux or mixed ecosystems as well, offering the ability to run a single recovery software solution for both Linux and Windows environments. The BDR 515 is also VMware and Hyper-V ready.

IoSafe’s BDR 515 is available exclusively through ioSafe’s channel partners, with price and availability dependent on existing service contracts, licenses and terms. However, the company offers a month-to-month agreement without a vendor lock-in. You can also request a demo or an evaluation unit on ioSafe’s official website.

Derek Forrest is an Associate Contributing Writer for Tom’s Hardware and Tom’s IT Pro. Follow Derek Forrest on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook, Google+, RSS, Twitter and YouTube.