Feeds

Ahhh, SATISFACTION: Watch while we set a NAS on FIRE

Watch the flames soar over the plasterboard ...

Build a business case: developing custom apps

A vendor has made the silly mistake of claiming its kit is fireproof, prompting a certain El Reg hack to ponder where he'd left his matches...

The vendor in question is IOsafe, whose products have been reviewed on El Reg before. Last time, its single-disk unit survived being dunked in a well for far longer than originally intended.

It's now back with a dual-disk RAID 1 unit – the N2 – this time sporting the Synology DSM operating system. It has reiterated its "fireproof and waterproof" claims for the new device.

We here at El Reg are a skeptical lot. When someone makes an outrageous claim we demand proof. It's all fine and good to dunk a widget in a well but we fancy a test that involves flames and roasting meat.

To that end, we've created the Replica Environment Immolation Device (REID). The goal: place the N2 inside REID, set it on fire, put the drives in a fresh N2 and see if they still work. REID is equipped with a wired-up electrical jack and we'll have the N2 operational and serving data during the burn.

Watch Video

If you take a moment to look at our trailer, you'll note that REID isn't fancy. In fact, one could go so far as to say REID's downright trashy. There are some planks of wood here, a few bits of plywood there and a little gyprock plasterboard at the back. Just enough to simulate the kinds of materials that might be burning about an IOsafe in a real world scenario.

We're still getting the results beat into some semblance of shape, but November will see the completed results of our test. There's fire, water, and a pair of Canadians thrusting their wieners into the fiery REID on a cold autumn day. ®

Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable

More from The Register

next story
The Sun took a day off last week and made NO sunspots
Someone needs to get that lazy star cooking again before things get cold around here
Boffins discuss AI space program at hush-hush IARPA confab
IBM, MIT, plenty of others invited to fill Uncle Sam's spy toolchest, but where's Google?
Famous 'Dish' radio telescope to be emptied in budget crisis: CSIRO
Radio astronomy suffering to protect Square Kilometre Array
BEST BATTERY EVER: All lithium, all the time, plus a dash of carbon nano-stuff
We have found the Holy Grail (of batteries) - boffins
ASTEROID'S SHOCK DINO-KILLING SPREE just bad luck - boffins
Sauricide WASN'T inevitable, reckon scientists
Bad back? Show some spine and stop popping paracetamol
Study finds common pain-killer doesn't reduce pain or shorten recovery
Forty-five years ago: FOOTPRINTS FOUND ON MOON
NASA won't be back any time soon, sadly
Jurassic squawk: Dinos were Earth's early FEATHERED friends
Boffins research: Ancient dinos may all have had 'potential' fluff
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.