Drobo B1200i 12-Bay NAS Storage Array

Drobo B1200i 12-Bay NAS Storage Array

Drobo B1200i 12-Bay NAS Storage Array

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Product Highlights

  • 12 Drive Bays
  • Supports HDDs and SSDs
  • 3 x Gigabit Ethernet Ports for iSCSI
  • 1 x Gigabit Ethernet Port for Management
  • Integrated BeyondRAID Technology
  • Automated Data-Aware Tiering
  • Smart Volumes & Thin Provisioning
  • Drobo Dashboard Support
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Drobo B1200i overview

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The B1200i 12-Bay NAS Storage Array from Drobo features 12 drive bays capable of holding 3.5" hard disk drives and solid state drives making this a versatile hard drive enclosure. Aside from 12 drive bays, this Drobo storage array comes complete with three Gigabit Ethernet ports designated for iSCSI use and one Gigabit Ethernet port for system management. Managing and configuring your array has also been simplified through the use of Drobo's own BeyondRAID technology allowing you to replace drives without the need to power down or restart the array.

This Drobo Storage Array supports a variety of operating systems including Mac OS X Server, Windows Server, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, VMware vSphere 4.1.x and Citrix XenServer 5.6 allowing you to integrate this array into virtually any system configuration. Along with versatile OS compatibility you benefit from enhanced file system compatibility with Windows NTFS and FAT32, Mac OS X HFS+, Linux ext3, VMware vSphere VMFS, and Citrix XenServer LVM.

Once configured, you can take advantage of Drobo Dashboard enabling you to monitor multiple Drobo devices via the intuitive dashboard showing each Drobo as if you were looking at it in person. See the status lights of each Drobo and utilize the integrated administrative options to control each unit individually.

BeyondRAID Technology
The Drobo B1200i iSCSI array can hold up to 48TB of raw storage. To add capacity, insert a new hard drive or replace your smallest drive with a larger one, even when all drive bays are full. Unlike traditional RAID, the BeyondRAID technology in Drobo enables you to leverage different drive capacities, allowing for continuous expansion as larger drives become available. With Drobo, expansion is automatic and instantaneous and access to data is always maintained, while protecting you from two simultaneous drive failures.
Automated Data-Aware Tiering
Automated Data-Aware Tiering allows businesses to consolidate storage resources and share that storage across all connected servers and their applications. Avoid manually tuning an array for applications that have different storage requirements. Automated Data-Aware Tiering leverages high-capacity hard disk drives (HDDs) paired with high-performance solid state drives (SSDs) to deliver application-optimized storage that requires no manual tuning.
Smart Volumes & Thin Provisioning
Create new volumes up to 16TB in seconds and manage them over time with ease. Smart Volumes management technology with Thin Provisioning integrated into the Drobo B1200i allows volumes to pull storage from the common pool of disks rather than a specific physical disk allocation.
Optimizing Business Applications
Drobo is ideal for building a server virtualization cluster, highly available email server, or scalable backup server. Drobo technology has been certified for VMware vSphere, Citrix XenServer, Symantec Backup Exec, and Veeam Backup environments.
Designed for IT Environments
The B1200i comes equipped with serviceable modular components including a removable controller card; dual redundant, hot-swappable power supplies; and a hot-swappable cooling fan unit. You can source field replaceable units in advance in case of a single hardware component failure, to ensure increased uptimes delivering a higher level of availability.
Drobo Dashboard
Manage multiple Drobo devices with the Drobo Dashboard displaying the status of all of your Drobos. See the status lights and capacity gauges as if you were looking at the front panel of each Drobo device. All administration tasks are a single click away and you also benefit from a built-in data protection tool called Drobo Copy to easily copy data to and from your Drobo.
In the Box
Drobo B1200i 12-Bay NAS Storage Array
  • Rack Mount Installation Guide
  • Rack Mount Parts
  • 2 x 6 ft Power Cords
  • Resource CD (Includes Drobo Dashboard application)
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Drobo B1200i specs

    Connectivity • 3 x 100 / 1000 Mbps Ethernet port for data (iSCSI)
    • 1 x 100 / 1000 Mbps Ethernet port for management
    Capacity • 12 drive bays for hard disk drives or solid state drives
    • 3.5" SAS-1/SAS-2 drives
    • 3.5" SATA I / SATA II / SATA III drives
    • Expandable by adding drives or hot-swapping drives with larger ones. Use the Capacity Calculator to estimate available storage in various configurations.
    BeyondRAID Features • Thin Provisioning
    • Instant Expansion
    • Mixed Drive Size Utilization
    • Automatic Protection Levels
    • Dual Disk Redundancy
    • Virtual Hot Spare
    • Data Aware
    • Drive Re-ordering
    Additional Software Features • Automated Data-Aware Tiering
    • Smart Volumes (LUNs, up to 255)
    • Drive Spin Down
    • Drobo Copy
    Ethernet Features • Connection Failover
    • Jumbo frames (up to 9000 bytes MTU)
    Network Protocols • iSCSI
    • CHAP Authentication
    Hardware Features • Carrier-less Drive Bays
    • Field replaceable controller card, power supplies, and cooling fan unit
    OS Compatibility • Mac OS X Server 10.5.8 or later (Intel Only)
    • Mac OS X Server 10.6.8 or later (Intel Only)
    • Windows Server 2003 R2 SP1 32 and 64 bit
    • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 64 bit
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 (Intel only)
    • VMware vSphere 4.1.x (ESXi)
    • Citrix XenServer 5.6
    File System Format • Mac OS X: HFS+
    • Windows: NTFS, FAT32
    • Linux: ext3
    • VMware vSphere: VMFS
    • Citrix XenServer: LVM
    Management • Drive bay indicator lights, capacity gauge, status light
    • Drobo Dashboard version 2.0 or later
    Power Requirements Dual, redundant, hot-swappable power supplies: AC Input - 100/240 VAC, 8/5 A, 50/60 Hz
    Cooling Redundant, hot swappable cooling unit
    Operating Temperature 50 to 95°F / 10 to 35°C
    Non-Operating Temperature 14 to 140°F / -10 to 60°C
    Operating Humidity 20 to 80%
    Certifications • Environmental: RoHS, WEEE, REACH
    • Regulatory: FCC Part 15 Class A; Canada ICES-003 Class B; CE Mark; CISPR22:19973rd Edition Class B; MIC Mark; VCCI Approval to V.3; BSMI Approval to CNS13438; ACA Approval to AS/NZS 3548
    • Safety: UL, cUL, TUV, CB
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 17.17 x 5.20 x 21.85" / 436.1 x 132.1 x 555.0 mm
    Weight 47 lb / 21.32 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 52.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 26.5 x 22.0 x 12.0"

    Drobo B1200i reviews

    B1200i 12-Bay NAS Storage Array is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 2.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this thing... I've had my b1200i for about 3 years now - when I bought it was closer to 10k, so at the current price it is a steal. I have 4 video editing suites hooked up to it. We had it filled with 9x2tb enterprise drives, but they filled up quick - we now have 7x 5tb drives in it and 5x 2tb drives in it. As long as the hard drives keep getting larger- I think this might be able to last us for a while. It is fast enough for several editors to cut HD Video projects on several edit suites simultaneously. The only piff I had with it was the price years ago - but that doesn't seem to be an issue any more. No Regrets on buying this unit after several years of use...
    Date published: 2015-11-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from So far so good So far so good. No complaints
    Date published: 2016-11-21
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