Drobo 5N2 5-Bay NAS Enclosure

Drobo 5N2 5-Bay NAS Enclosure

Drobo 5N2 5-Bay NAS Enclosure

Drobo 5N2 5-Bay NAS Enclosure

Drobo 5N2 5-Bay NAS Enclosure

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Product Highlights

  • 5 x 3.5" SATA III/II Drive Bays
  • 1 x mSATA SSD Drive Bay
  • 2 x Gigabit Ethernet Ports
  • Adaptive Link Bonding
  • BeyondRAID Technology
  • Rechargeable Battery Helps Protect Data
  • Drobo Disaster Recovery
  • myDrobo Platform
  • 120mm Variable-Speed Cooling Fan
  • Windows and Mac Compatible
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Drobo DRDS5A21 overview

  • 1Description

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.
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
In the Box
Drobo 5N2 5-Bay NAS Enclosure
  • 2 x 6.0' / 1.8m Ethernet Cables
  • 1 x 6.0' / 1.8m Power Cord with Power Supply
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    Drobo DRDS5A21 specs

    Connectivity 2 x Gigabit Ethernet ports
    Internal Drive Bays 5 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)
    Operating System Support - Mac OS X 10.10 or higher, including APFS/High Sierra
    - Microsoft Windows 10, 8, and 7
    Fan 120 mm variable speed cooling fan
    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
  • Dimensions 5.9 x 7.3 x 10.3" / 149.9 x 185.4 x 261.6 mm
    Weight 8.50 lb / 3.86 kg (without hard drives or power supply)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 14.6 lb

    Drobo DRDS5A21 reviews

    5N2 5-Bay NAS Enclosure is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 12.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from As easy to use as advertised, until it's not. Setting up the basics is a breeze. Plop disks in, let the array initialize, create users/shares/etc, done. Can't be easier. Now when you try to add features/apps, remote access, etc, it becomes a bit more tricky. The drobo dashboard interface is slow, not particularly well made, and stuff works when it wants. Since the system is made to be super easy to use, when stuff doesn't work (like installing/starting an app), the options to troubleshoot are severely limited. But it's a trade-off i'm willing to accept for the ease of use of everything else. For instance, I had all 5 slots used from the get go with 1 3Tb disk, 2x 2Tb and 2x1Tb. Found an old 2Tb disk lying around in an old unused enclosure. I figured it would be better used in the Drobo. Plopped one of the 1Tb drive out, put the 2Tb in, the thing flashed yellow for a bit... and done. That's how easy it is. Really.
    Date published: 2018-09-03
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Doesn't work. Losing data. Terrible. We have a video company. We bought this thing because it backs itself up.� Important files started disappearing...THEN REAPPEARING...Then disappearing again.� We've called customer support dozens of times...can't get an answer. On the phone, just now, DROBO's customer support told us to "start backing up all of the data on your DROBO to other hard drives." THAT'S THE REASON WE BOUGHT THE DROBO...FOR THE BACKUP... Brass Tax: The Drobo isn't a safe data storage solution. Therefore, it's just a very expensive external drive - or worse - paper weight.� We have one for sale...if you're looking.
    Date published: 2018-04-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Upgraded from 5N to 5N2 I've had a Drobo 5N unit for 6 years. It never failed me and reliably stored my data. I used it as a data backup and as a media server with PLEX. I expanded my storage over the years mixing and matching hard drives as required.� Finally, I decided to upgrade to the 5N2. The drive/data transfer procedure was dead simple. I made sure the latest firmware was installed on both devices. I shut down the 5N and moved the drives over to the 5N2 and powered it on. Within 5 minutes all my data showed up fully accessible.� The 5N2 is noticeably faster than the 5N for both directory access �and network data throughput. Hopefully this 5N2 will be as reliable as the 5N was over the years.
    Date published: 2018-05-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great device I bought this to replace a failing Synology DS1515+.� The Drobo is super easy to setup/manage and a robust storage device.� I went with the Drobo over another Synology because I didn't need all of the bells and whistles the Synology offered and this was the second Synology product that failed on me within the last five years.� I needed a device where I could store our small business files with multiple users accessing the system and have remote access to those files.� This unit fit the bill.� So far so good!� I'm loving the easy admin interface via a desktop app vs a web brower admin console.� Great product!
    Date published: 2018-02-27
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor Documentation and Customer Service I have purchased two Drobo 5N2 to use the advertised feature of DR (Disaster Recovery) there is a huge lack of documentation when it comes to set up one unit offsite. They have videos on Youtube promoting this feature and showing how to set up but only that solution works for an internal network. I have reached customer service a few times. The first of all their support ticketing system is awful. You will have difficulty even to see your submited tickets. At this moment they have 3 to 4 days turn around to get back to you with just a simple answer and not explaining a solution to your problem. Then you have to wait a few more days. Their pubic forum has been in read-only status and full of out-dated information from 2010. So DONT expect to get help from the community to solve your problem. I spent 10-15 hours to search and get more information how to do port-forwarding for Drobo and setup VPN to make two units see each other. All I found was other NAS brand like Synology and Qnap with useful instructions about their products. NOTE: There are many Drobo Reviews on misc websites but all are very basic and just talking about the basic features and how cool it looks and easy to change the drives. Drobo added DR feature to NS2 and put in the market with no backup of how to set up in an offsite netwrok. Even you will have difficulty to find what ports you should use on DROBO for port-forwarding. If you desire to buy this product free up your time for an extensive amount of time to try and error. It is a good NAS as long as it is just one unit of RAID system.
    Date published: 2017-10-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Drobo 5N2 is another great product from Drobo. I decided to upgrade my Drobo FS with this one! It was a great purchase. Drobo once again did a great job. This drobo is a lot faster than my old one and it handles everything I can throw at it. I have put even bigger hard drives in this one and I am using the SSD slot. It handles the larger files with ease. I use this to keep safe all of my pictures and video and backups. With the faster drobo, I can even backup the drobo even faster than before. (Yes, I like being prepared) This is a great product and I would recommend it to everyone!
    Date published: 2017-04-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Drobo 5N2 Replaced a Drobo FS. �Easy update. �Quite a noticeable increase in upload and download speeds. �Significant storage space increase. �More Apps and features. Quite satisfied.
    Date published: 2018-02-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great so far Bought this NAS after using first generation for a few years. Great to see speed improvement over first generation, it helps a lot when transferring large video files.
    Date published: 2017-05-04
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