SanDisk introduced a new flash drive that will automatically backup your data onto the Internet. The backup is done via a Web server offered by a start-up called BeInSync. SanDisk says that this is the first of its kind.
The Cruzer, which retails for $59.99 and goes on sale in March, will come with 4 gigabytes of storage and provide six months of free online backup. After that period, a user pays $29.99 a year to continue the online storage service. After an initial registration, when the user is online and the drive is plugged in, the information will sync automatically with an online storage account.
It is not known whether a driver software must first be installed for the automatic Internet backup to take place. In all likelihood, a BeInSync client is launched automatically via autorun.
Personally, I think it is nothing more than something evolutionary at best, or a ploy for free marketing mileage at worse. Still, BeInSync looks interesting by itself, and you might want to check it out.
Also, it's certainly something worth knowing about when upper management starts demanding for a "Internet-enabled flash drive."
Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.