Drobo 5N2 5-Bay NAS Enclosure

BH #DRDS5A21AX • MFR #DRDS5A21
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Drobo 5N2 5-Bay NAS Enclosure
Key Features
  • 5 x 3.5" SATA III/II Drive Bays
  • 1 x mSATA SSD Drive Bay
  • 2 x Gigabit Ethernet Ports
  • Adaptive Link Bonding
Designed for data sharing, secure backups, remote access, and disaster recovery solutions, the 5N2 5-Bay NAS Enclosure from Drobo is equipped with five 3.5" SATA drive bays that support SATA III (6 Gb/s) and SATA II (3 Gb/s) drives. It distinguishes itself from the original Drobo 5N through the inclusion of an additional Gigabit Ethernet port, for a total of two. These two ports provide bonding support, also known as Adaptive Link Bonding, for link failover and aggregation without Ethernet switch support. The 5N2 also features an upgraded processor, Drobo Disaster Recovery, and an improved battery to help protect data in the memory or cache in the event of a power loss.
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Drobo DRDS5A21 Overview

Designed for data sharing, secure backups, remote access, and disaster recovery solutions, the 5N2 5-Bay NAS Enclosure from Drobo is equipped with five 3.5" SATA drive bays that support SATA III (6 Gb/s) and SATA II (3 Gb/s) drives. It distinguishes itself from the original Drobo 5N through the inclusion of an additional Gigabit Ethernet port, for a total of two. These two ports provide bonding support, also known as Adaptive Link Bonding, for link failover and aggregation without Ethernet switch support. The 5N2 also features an upgraded processor, Drobo Disaster Recovery, and an improved battery to help protect data in the memory or cache in the event of a power loss.

To help complement the speed of Gigabit Ethernet, the 5N2 has been built with Drobo's Accelerator Bay, which uses a separately sold mSATA SSD to boost system performance. It accomplishes this by caching the data that is most often read or written onto SSD storage.

To facilitate data protection, Drobo's Disaster Recovery allows you to set up a pair of 5N2 units to automatically make an offsite copy of your data, including user account information, helping to ensure data availability in the case of unforseen circumstances. Additional protection is accomlished using Drobo's BeyondRAID technology, which enables single or dual-drive redundancy. If there are any empty drive bays, BeyondRAID allows additional drives to be inserted into the array, where they would be automatically configured. If all drive bays are occupied, simply replace the smallest capacity drive with a larger one and BeyondRAID will handle the rest. BeyondRAID is also what allows drives of varying capacities to work in the same unit, which helps enable future expansion as larger drives become available.

In the event of a power loss, the included rechargeable battery helps protect data stored in the 5N2's memory, or cache. If there were to be a sudden power loss, the battery allows the Drobo to stay powered long enough for the cached data to be written to non-volatile storage. Cooling is provided by a fixed 120mm variable-speed fan and once installed, the hard drives can be configured to spin down when they're not in use, helping to further reduce noise and energy. Also, the LEDs can be dimmed to reduce light pollution when working in sensitive environments.

The Drobo 5N2 is compatible with Windows and Mac, including APFS and macOS High Sierra. It includes two 6' Ethernet cables and a 6' power cord with a power supply that runs at 100-240 VAC ~ 2A, 50-60 Hz. Protection is provided by a limited 2-year warranty.

General Features

Data Protection and Expandability

Built on BeyondRAID technology with single- or dual-drive redundancy, the Drobo 5N2 helps protect data without any user interaction, even in the event of multiple drive failures. In addition, Drobo's simplicity provides a quick, seamless setup, and software configuration is not required to access storage on your network. Drives can be added or hot-swapped and updated in real time for storage expansion with zero downtime. Just add a drive in an empty bay or remove a smaller drive and replace it with a larger one, when needed.

High-Speed Connectivity

The Drobo 5N2 is equipped with dual Gigabit Ethernet ports for network connectivity and makes sharing your data easy by connecting directly to your network. These two ports provide bonding support, also known as Adaptive Link Bonding, for link failover and aggregation without Ethernet switch support. This helps increase performance and compensates for network connection problems.

Capacity and Performance

Usually reserved for larger enterprise-class storage solutions, the Drobo 5N2 gives you the option to implement Hot Data Caching through the Drobo Accelerator Bay. This feature intelligently uses high-performance flash to accelerate performance, allowing faster access to your data.

The myDrobo Platform

The myDrobo platform extends the functionality of Drobo NAS devices by providing a secure and fully end-to-end encrypted path to selected Drobo apps. The iOS and Android app, DroboAccess, allows Drobo NAS owners to access their data from almost anywhere, anytime through a secure and encrypted network. This allows Drobo consumers and SMBs to set up their own private cloud storage solution with the ability to view documents from a web browser or from the DroboAccess mobile app. The DroboPix app allows owners to easily and automatically upload their photos and videos from their Android or iOS device to a network Drobo. The files are automatically uploaded over Wi-Fi and are securely backed up and protected on a Drobo.

Power Protecting Critical Data

Drobo doesn't just protected you from a drive failure, but also from potential data loss after a power outage. The Drobo 5N2 includes a battery that helps protect data in the memory, or cache, that is, data on its way to the drives. When power spontaneously goes away, the battery keeps the Drobo alive long enough for the data to be written to non-volatile storage.

Drobo Disaster Recovery

With Drobo Disaster Recovery, you can set up a pair of 5N2 units to automatically make an offsite copy of your data. Simple to set up and manage, Drobo Disaster Recovery replicates your data to another 5N2, helping to ensure data availability in case of a disaster. Even better, the remote 5N2 stores all user account information, helping to simplify any recoveries.

Designed for You

Drobo devices have always been space efficient and the Drobo 5N2 is no exception. It was designed to provide a high storage capacity without taking up a lot of desk space. It is compact because of Drobo's carrier-less drive bay design, allowing drives to be installed very close to each other. The 5N2 is also quiet due to its fixed, tuned, and large 120mm variable-speed cooling fan.

DroboApps

Drobo offers dozens of popular applications that extend the capabilities of the Drobo 5N2. Whether you want to stream media or backup to the cloud, DroboApps have you covered. Popular apps include ElephantDrive for cloud backup and Plex for media serving. Seamless integration with the Drobo Dashboard makes using DroboApps user-friendly.

Drobo Dashboard

The Drobo Dashboard is a single tool used to centrally manage all of your Drobo devices. The Drobo Dashboard displays status as if all of your Drobos were right in front of you with the same status lights and capacity gauge that are on the front panel. All administration tasks are a single click away.

Hardware Features

- Metal chassis and cover
- Kensington Lock Port for security (lock not included)

Additional Software Features

- Drive Spin Down
- Dim Lights
- OS X / macOS Time Machine Support

Drobo DRDS5A21 Specs

General
Connectivity2 x Gigabit Ethernet ports
Number of Bays5 x 3.5"
1 x mSATA
Internal Drive Bays5 x 3.5" SATA II/III Drive Bays
1 x mSATA Drive Bay
Network Protocols- Common Internet File System (CIFS) / Server Message Block (SMB)
- Apple Filing Protocol (AFP)
Media Card SlotsNone
Operating System Support- Mac OS X 10.10 or higher, including APFS/High Sierra
- Microsoft Windows 10, 8, and 7
Fan120 mm variable speed cooling fan
Connections2 x RJ45 (Gigabit Ethernet)
Compatible Drive InterfaceSATA III
Environmental Specifications- Acoustics: < 30.4 dB (normal operation)
- Operating Temperature: 50 to 95°F / 10 to 35°C
- Non-Operating Temperature: 14 to 140°F / -10 to 60°C
- Operating Humidity: 5% - 80%
Power- External Power Supply
  • AC Input: 100-240 VAC ~ 2 A, 50-60 Hz
  • DC Output: 12 V, 7 A, 84 W
  • Dimensions5.9 x 7.3 x 10.3" / 149.9 x 185.4 x 261.6 mm
    Weight8.50 lb / 3.86 kg (without hard drives or power supply)
    Drives
    Total Raw CapacityNone
    TypeNone
    Flash MemoryNone
    Computing
    Networking
    Supported ProtocolsAFP
    CIFS/SMB
    Software
    OS CompatibilityWindows 8
    Windows 10
    macOS 10.10 or Later
    Electrical
    Power SourceAC Adapter
    AC Input Power100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz at 2 A
    DC Input Power 12 VDC at 7 A, 84 W
    Security
    Environmental
    Operating Temperature50 to 95°F / 10 to 35°C
    Operating Humidity5 to 80%
    Storage Temperature14 to 140°F / -10 to 60°C
    Physical
    Cooling1 x PWM 120 mm Fan
    Noise Level30.4 dBA
    Dimensions5.9 x 7.3 x 10.3" / 149.9 x 185.4 x 261.6 mm
    Weight8.5 lb / 3.9 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight12.9 lb
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