Tuesday, March 8, 2011
So you ask, what's a Drobo? http://www.drobo.com Drobo is a simple no frills device made by Data Robotics that allows you to store your important data & files using a storage device that can hold anywhere from 4 to 8 hard drives of any size. What is special about this disk array is it is better than any Raid setup. You can use any four drives of any size, and your data can be protected against the failure of any single drive without losing a single byte of data. As your needs expand, so can Drobo. Simply replace any drive with a higher capacity drive on the fly and in a few short hours you have more space to store more data. Should any drive fail, the Drobo will notify you by displaying a different color light next to the drive that needs replacing. It's that simple. We've been using Drobo for years & can say that it has never failed us or my company, and our clients all swear by it for low cost data backup. There are several models, one of my favorites is the Drobo FS which can hold up to 5 drive with capacity up to 16 Terabytes if you populate each bay with a now available 3Tb drives. See the video below for a better look at how it works.
There are several models of the Drobo which can meet every need with various interfaces to suit any system including USB 2.0, eSata, Ethernet, Firewire 800, and even iScsi. Pricing starts at $399 without drives, and you can buy them populated with drives or without them. Visit http://www.drobo.com for more information and pricing.