Drobo 5N 5-Bay NAS Storage Array with Gigabit Ethernet

Drobo 5N 5-Bay NAS Storage Array with Gigabit Ethernet

Drobo 5N 5-Bay NAS Storage Array with Gigabit Ethernet

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Product Highlights

  • 5-Bay Desktop HD NAS Enclosure
  • Holds 5x 3.5" SATA HDDs (not included)
  • Holds 1x mSATA SSD (not included)
  • Gigabit Ethernet Port, Cable Included
  • Mixed Drive Size Utilization
  • Thin Provisioning
  • Hot Swappable
  • BeyondRAID Features
  • Drobo Apps
  • Mac and Windows Compatible
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Drobo 5N overview

  • 1Description

The Drobo 5N 5-Bay NAS Storage Array with Gigabit Ethernet is the optimal solution for small network needs. It features 5 carrier-less, tool-less drive bays that can hold anywhere from a single 200GB to 4TB drives in each bay, for a total maximum capacity of 20TB (drives sold separately). The 3.5" SATA II/III drives can be of mixed capacity, spindle speed and/or cache size, which makes replacing and hot-swapping drives a breeze. It also accommodates one mSATA solid state drive for quick access to any program you need, and allows you to keep the five 3.5" drive bays open for business.

Other features of the Drobo 5N that will command your attention are the features in the proprietary BeyondRAID technology of this unit. BeyondRAID supports RAID 1, 5, and 6 modes (single and dual redundancy for one to four or more drives), but additionally includes Thin Provisioning (the ability to swap a smaller drive with a larger one) Automatic Protection Levels (which uses the best algorithm to protect from drive failure depending on the number of drives that are inserted, without any user configuration) and many more.

Passing all of that data through a USB 3.0 port may be effective, but transmitting over a Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/100MBps port allows you to easily connect to your network without the hassle of transferring, moving a drive, and transferring again. It also keeps the form factor down to a desktop square, convenient for offices short on space. And with the new large, tuned variable-speed cooling fan, it's much quieter than previous Drobos.

When considering consolidating your data, you have to look at cost, space and reliability. Many solutions can offer extras you don't need, and many more don't reach far enough to protect your assets. The Drobo 5N offers you expandability, security and design efficiency. Moreover, Drobo apps are available to provide additional features and capabilities for this Drobo 5N RAID enclosure.

Data Protection and Expandability Made Simple
Built on award-winning BeyondRAID technology with single- or dual-drive redundancy, Drobo 5N protects your data without any user interaction, even in the event of multiple drive failures. Drives can be added or hot-swapped on-the-fly for storage expansion with zero downtime. If you're running low on space, the lights on the front tell you what to do. Just add a drive in an empty bay or remove a smaller drive and replace it with a larger one.
High-Speed Connectivity
The Drobo 5N is equipped with a single Gigabit Ethernet port for network connectivity and connects directly to your network to make sharing your data easy. Just plug it into any switch or wireless router and you're ready to go. You can even connect the Drobo 5N directly to the Ethernet port on your computer without having to configure any settings.
Capacity AND Performance
Data-Aware Tiering technology, usually reserved for business-class storage solutions, is also available in this networked Drobo. It intelligently uses the high-performance SSDs to accelerate performance of the storage array, allowing applications such as Adobe Lightroom and Apple iPhoto or iTunes fast access to data. To keep capacity of the Drobo at a maximum, the Drobo Accelerator Bay accepts an industry-standard mSATA SSD, leaving all five 3.5" drives bays available for high-capacity HDDs. If getting the fastest performance possible is your thing, you can also load up every drive bay with SSDs. Drobo gives you the flexibility to choose.
Power Protecting Your Critical Data
Drobo doesn't just protect you from a drive failure, but also from potential data loss after a power outage. Often found only in arrays that cost tens of thousands of dollars, Drobo 5D includes a battery that protects all data in 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, ensuring your important information is safe. This battery recharges itself and is designed to last for the life of the product.
Designed for You
Drobo devices have always been space efficient and the Drobo 5N is no exception. It was designed from the ground up to provide very high capacity without taking up a lot of your valuable desk space. It is compact because of Drobo's unique carrierless drive-bay design, allowing drives to be installed very close to each other. Drobo 5N is also significantly quieter than previous-generation Drobos due to its large, tuned variable-speed cooling fan. You can even configure Drobo to spin down drives when they're not in use to further reduce noise and save energy.
UPC: 094922385079
In the Box
Drobo 5N 5-Bay NAS Storage Array with Gigabit Ethernet
  • 6' (1.8m) Ethernet Cable
  • 6' (1.8m) Power Cord with Power Supply
  • Quick Start Card
  • 2 - Year Standard Warranty
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    Drobo 5N specs

    Capacity 0-20TB (Drives not included)
    Array Type Desktop external
    Bays 5
    Drive Types Supported SATA II/III, mSATA
    Drives of mixed capacity, spindle speed, and/or cache can be used.
    RAID BeyondRAID
    Desktop/Rackmount Desktop
    Status Indicator • Drive bay indicator lights
    • Capacity gauge
    • Status lights
    Input and Output Connectors 1 x Gigabit Ethernet port
    Fan Single, fixed, variable speed cooling fan
    Security Kensington Lock Port for Security (lock not included)
    System Requirements •Mac OS X 10.10 and higher
    •Windows 7 SP1 32 and 64 bit
    •Windows 8 32 and 64 bit
    Electrical Requirements AC Input - 100-240VAC~2A, 50-60Hz
    DC Output - 12V, 12.5A, 150W max
    Environmental Requirements Not specified by manufacturer
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.9 x 7.3 x 10.3" / 150.3 x 185.4 x 262.3mm
    Weight 8.5 lb (without hard drives, power supply, or packaging)
    Packaging Infordtevdtvdzfrsceeerbutwxfxqdyzutawc
    Package Weight 13.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 14.25 x 13.8 x 10.25"

    Drobo 5N reviews

    5N 5-Bay NAS Storage Array with Gigabit Ethernet is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 89.
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Stopped working after drobo released bad firmware upgrade Ive had drobo for 2 years and 2 month. It worked fine until it auto updated the firmware. After that the unit stopped working and I can not access any of my data. This happened only 2 months after my warranty had expired! I contacted their support and they suggested that I BUY a NEW unit!!! amazing!!! Going through their drobo forum I noticed that MANY others had the same issue between (april-15 and june-15)after the firmware upgrade. In addition, I cant just remove the hard drives and read the data somewhere else, as drobo uses proprietary system... So overall, Id rate: ease of use 10 - When it works candid and transparent customer service - 0
    Date published: 2015-07-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well Designed and Good for Most Media. Really fantastic build quality for a product that is on the upper end of the hard drive price spectrum if feels worthy of it. I mean really well build. I started to use the Drobo 5N to back up files which it worked very well. Later, after moving my Aperture Library (26,000 Photos), the system became rather slugish and had issues allowing me to open the aperture library. So I returned to for a 5D which I will be reviewing shortly. Overall good for smaller files and backing up large media. But not super for streaming. Used with: - MacBook Pro Retina - 2 - 2TB WD RED Drives - Apple Time Capsule
    Date published: 2013-03-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Drobo 5N is easy to use NAS solution. I have a lot of digital content that I need to store and the redundancy is a big plus. I had data spread across 4 external drives and keeping thing organized and backed up was a nightmare. I love having everything in one location and auto backed up! Pros: Easy to set up. I plugged it in and let the firm ware auto update then stuck in 2 drives, done! Even easier to expand your storage (just stick more drives in or swap one with a larger one). Shows up on the network so accessing from multiple devices is easy. The health and capacity status is easily monitored through the drobo dashboard and leds on the unit. Cons: PriceWhat I can say you get what you pay for. I'll pay a premium for ease of use. It's louder than I expected, but definitely not a deal breaker. Apps not well documented
    Date published: 2016-03-14
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Outstanding, but SMB is Flawed This is a genuinely outstanding productalbeit a flawed one for Apple Mac and Linux users. (More about that below.) This network-attached storage device makes provisioning a RAID set trivially easy. Pop in two or more drives, decide whether you want single-disk or dual-disk redundancy, and the firmware does the rest. The drives are hot-swappable and if you don't populate all five slots right away you can add additional drives at any time. Remarkably, you can even mix drives of different sizes and the Drobo will partition your datasets in a manner that allows you to use all the aggregate storage capacity. If the slots are filled and you start to run out of space, you can just yank out a drive and replace it with a higher-capacity oneor, leaving time between replacements for the array to rebuild, upgrade all the drives in the machine. I've been working with RAID for almost 20 years and I've never seen provisioning made any simpler. Performance is quite respectable for a network-attached storage device. Depending on the mix of file sizes, proportion of writes to reads, and aggregated volume of data transferred, I'm seeing between 300 and 400 Mb/s over Gigabit Ethernet. Even over a 100 Mb/s Ethernet or a wireless link, file access speed should be adequate for casual use. Network-attached storage supports simultaneous access by multiple computers and is a good choice for file sharing and for back-ups of even large datasets. But if you're using the Drobo as a primary filesystem for photographic post-processing or video editing, the channel-attached Drobo 5D, which implements Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 direct connections, may be a more appropriate choice. The device emits a modest but audible hum and there's a little head-seek noise when it's working hard, but I'm comfortable having it sit on a table a few feet from my working position in a quiet home office. Drobo supplies a cleanly-designed, stand-alone application for managing the device, rather than using the kind of web-based management portal typical of other commercial NAS servers. Sophisticated users may want to install a secure shell service (available as an add-on but not supported by Drobo) for access to command-line scripts that can be used control some functions. Unfortunately, Drobo's implementation of the SMB file-sharing protocol is, to put it as charitably as possible, nonstandardand this may be a significant problem for Mac and Linux users. Although it runs on embedded Linux and uses the open-source Samba software suite to implement SMB, the Drobo's configuration automatically and quite nonsensically modifies the permission bits on files transferred from computers that employ a UNIX-style filesystem. So while the content of a file will be intact after a round-trip between a Mac or Linux client and the Drobo, the file permissions won't be the same as they were before the file was stored on the server. I have several other Samba-based file servers (and have used many more over the years), and this is the first one I have encountered that exhibits this pathology. If you're using the Drobo as your primary filesystemi.e., storing all your files on the Drobo rather than on a Mac or Linux computerthis won't be a problem because the SMB share security model will control user access rights; in other words, the native permissions associated with the file will be irrelevant. But this a serious limitation if you're using the Drobo as a back-up system for Mac or Linux clients, or for archival storage, and the only workarounds are not supported by Drobo. I've been in contact with Drobo customer support about this issue and, while the company acknowledges this nonstandard behavior, the support reps I contacted were not able to provide a schedule for fixing the problemor even a commitment to do so.
    Date published: 2014-03-06
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Drobo 5 N On a Mac Network The unit with HDD's came adequately packed and protected, no problem. I have a Drobo 5d to compare to, and it has the same excellent aesthetic, and build quality. The HDD's were easy to put in. There are minimal wires to attach, so no problem there. You must download the desktop software to make this work, and this was not a problem....for my computer. However, I am having problem getting the rest of the computers to be able to back up to Drobo using Time Capsule. I have made one call to tech support so far. I will have to make another. I do anticipate it will work- eventually. The documentation is not great on line, and nil in the box.
    Date published: 2014-01-08
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Pray it doesn't fail I purchased a Drobo S 5 years ago and decided to upgrade to a 5N. Just as I was about to order a drive failed and the entire system went offline. A week has now gone by with no resolve. I was asked if I had the files backed up elsewhere. I thought that is what I purchased the Drobo for. I've been told I need to purchase the new unit before I can get complete support, but they aren't sure they can solve the problem. Why should I invest in another unit that may or may not work? Terrible support. The first unit went bad and after going round and round they sent a replacement, but the original files were lost. Figure out another way.
    Date published: 2014-10-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great longterm storage box I've been using a Drobo 5N for 3 years to back up all the files I generate for my video production company. It's long-term storage, I don't actively edit off it. I finally bit the bullet and bought a second Drobo 5N, destined for offsite backup. I'll keep it at my in-laws house out of state in case of disaster at my office. It's dead simple to set up and use, and the 64TB limit is AWESOME. Room to grow. Feels like a future-proofed purchase decision.
    Date published: 2016-02-09
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but flawed This is probably a solid unit for storing streaming media and normal files. However, my primary use for it was to be a Time Machine backup for several Macs. The TM sparse bundles for these backups have single directories that can contain tens (or even hundreds) of thousands of small, 8 MB files and that is where the 5N fell flat.Like most NAS boxes, the 5N is woefully underpowered and runs unusably slowly with such large directories. My Drobo 5D (thunderbolt interface) is great and handles such directories with no problems, presumably because the 5D is a block server, not a file server.
    Date published: 2014-11-02
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