Drobo to the Rescue
Though hardware is replaceable, the same can't always be said for the data on a hard drive. That's why a robust data storage system attached to your network can make the difference between disaster and recovery. Whether you run a small business or want to protect your family's digital memories, the Drobo series of hard-drive arrays from Data Robotics goes a long way to giving you peace of mind.
A Drobo is essentially a foot-stool size cabinet that houses multiple hard drives each removable. Drobo spreads data across the drive array, so that if a single drive fails, the data is mirrored elsewhere. Unlike traditional RAID systems, Drobo allows you to add or replace drives as your storage needs increase without having to reformat or migrate data to another device. There are now several different Drobo units to choose from depending on your storage needs.
The newest model is the Drobo FS, a 5-drive bay enclosure designed specifically for the purpose of file sharing. The all-in-one Drobo FS is a perfect centerpiece for the connected home, home office, or small office environment requiring a simple, safe device for sharing and backing up files over a local area network (LAN)..
Data on the Drobo FS is accessible from any Windows, Mac, or Linux computer on your network. The FS connects directly to your LAN at up to Gigabit Ethernet speed. You can insert up to 5 drives (see the open cabinet, right), making capacity expansion quick and easy. Occupied by 2-terrabyte drives, the Drobo FS holds up to 10TB of data. The BeyondRAID technology manages the system and provides protection from up to two simultaneous hard drive failures. The FS is configurable and customizable with DroboApps.
The Drobo S boasts 5 drive bays, and adds eSATA to its port selection, which also includes USB 2.0 and FireWire 800. It can be configured to sustain either one or two individual drive failures and, like the FS, features self-healing technology to help prolong hard drive life. With 5 drive bays, the model affords instant capacity expansion to at least 10TB. The Drobo S is compatible with Windows-, Mac-, and Linux-based computers.
The top-end Drobo system, the DroboElite, is an 8-bay enclosure with dual iSCSI connections for use in SAN environments. It supports single-drive or dual-drive redundancy, and can be used in VMware virtual server environments. Perfect for Enterprise-level environments, the DroboElite can be installed in an equipment rack via an optional kit. The array is currently available through Data Robotics’ 30 Day Risk Free Eval program. Purchase a DroboElite and you’ll be able to use it for up to 30-days, risk free. If you don’t like it, it can be returned for a full refund. Features include:
- Multi-host connectivity with LUN affinity
- Up to 8 disks of instant expansion to 16TB and beyond
- Dual high-speed iSCSI interfaces
- Support for up to 255 Smart Volumes
Like the original Drobo and DroboPro, all Drobo models embed Data Robotics' BeyondRAID technology for data protection you can count on.