LaCie has announced a hybrid storage product that combines a desktop hard drive with a cloud storage service.

The new product, called CloudBox , automatically stores a copy of your data locally to what is basically a network-attached storage (NAS) device and then securely replicates that data to an online storage service.

The company said all data is secured using 128-bit AES encryption before it is are sent to the cloud , meaning no one but the user can access it.

LaCie attained its online backup service with the purchase of Wuala two years ago.

But CloudBox doesn't come cheap. For £179, a consumer gets a 100GB desktop box and a one-year subscription to the online cloud service.