Drobo Storage

The Ultimate Storage Solution

Drobo makes award-winning data storage products for small and medium businesses and individual professionals that provide an unprecedented combination of sophisticated data protection and management features, affordable capacity, and ease-of-use. Based on the patented and proven BeyondRAID technology, Drobo's ability to deliver "Big Storage in a Small Box" creates the best storage experience ever.

With over 50 industry awards and hundreds of thousands of customers worldwide, Drobo has demonstrated success solving the three major storage challenges in one device – data protection, capacity adjustment, and application service-level optimization – through patented BeyondRAID™, Thin Provisioning / Reclamation, and the breakthrough Automated Data-Aware Tiering technology.

What is a Drobo?

Meet your new storage solution, the safe and expandable Drobo. It's so simple that anyone can use it, yet powerful enough for business. Drobo connects to your computer or network and provides redundant data protection without the complexities of traditional RAID.

Dynamically expand storage any time. Drobo currently holds up to 36TB, depending on the model, using any combination of 3.5" disk drives or 2.5" drives for the Drobo Mini. The Drobo family offers Thunderbolt, USB 3.0, Ethernet, iSCSI, and other connectivity options, so you get the data protection you need along with the speed and interface you want.

Redundant Protection, No Headaches

Drobo provides the redundant protection of much more expensive storage in a format you don't have to configure or manage. Drobo BeyondRAID™ technology, built into every Drobo, delivers all of the benefits of traditional RAID, leaves many of the limitations behind, and brings together enhanced protection, reliability, expandability, and ease-of-use.

Incomparable Expandability

With Drobo, buy just the storage you need now and expand it as the amount of data you need to store grows. Mix and match drive brands, capacities, and speeds. Replace your smallest drive with a larger one and immediately use the new capacity in a matter of seconds. It's as simple as inserting the new drive into an empty slot or replacing a smaller drive with a larger. Expand up to 16TB on a single volume as larger drive sizes become available. Drobo creates one large storage pool. Dive in and eliminate the need for multiple external storage drives and devices.

Storage on your Terms

Safety access and quick access go hand in hand with Drobo. Whether you're directly attached to your personal computer, sharing files with others over the network, or backing up a business application—Drobo's the best choice. Drobo connects to Mac, Windows, Linux, and server virtualization systems with ease. Everyone can take advantage of simple, powerful, and complete Drobo data protection.

Plug In Peace of Mind

Just plug in Drobo and your data protection is ready. Add disks at any time for additional protected capacity. Drobo can even solve problems by itself. Lights on the front tell you what's happening—if you can read a traffic light, you're already a Drobo expert.

Take a look at the lights on the front of a 5-bay Drobo. They work the same way on all Drobo models.

Business Customers Love Drobo!

The last thing the world needs is another storage company doing things the same way. At Drobo we're focused on questioning the status quo and developing next-generation storage products that are much easier to deploy and manage. While we will never be satisfied and are always improving our products, nothing makes us prouder than to hear from customers how our products have made their lives a little easier. So what's stopping you from joining the over 25,000 businesses that rely on Drobo?

Drive Options

Drobo gives you the flexibility to use a wide variety of drive types and capacities, but with many drive options to choose from, the process of getting the ideal drive is challenging. Not all drives are the same and if you do not choose the right one, your Drobo's performance may not meet your expectations.

Find the information you need right here!

Here are options you should consider when evaluating drive purchases:

1. Type – Multiple Drobo models now support hard disk drives (HDDs) and solid state drives (SSDs). HDDs provide high capacity while SSDs provide high performance. When SSDs are supported, they can be used alongside HDDs, so you can have both capacity AND performance.

2. Grade – Quality is important when deciding what drive to use. If you will be actively using the drives most of the day in a business environment, for example, you should use enterprise-grade drives. Enterprise drives have higher MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures), which is a good thing when used with applications in continuous use.

3. RPM – When it comes to disk drive performance, the speed at which the disks spin is very important. Choose faster spinning drives (= 7200 RPM) for applications that can take advantage of higher-performance storage. For example, so-called "Green" (= 5600 RPM) drives have the lowest RPM rating and will be the slowest performing drives in a Drobo. For optimal performance, it's best not to mix 7200 RPM drives with slower drives. Also, it is not recommended to mix significantly different RPM speeds, such as 7200 RPM with 15,000 RPM in a Drobo B1200i.

4. Capacity – With Drobo, you can choose the capacity that you need today and expand with larger capacity drives in the future. Remember, with drive redundancy in arrays such as Drobo, one or more drives is used to store parity data. Use the Drobo Capacity Calculator for specific information.

5. Form Factor – All 3.5" drives are compatible with all Drobo models except the Drobo Mini. The Drobo Mini accepts 2.5" drives that are between 7 mm and 9.5 mm in height. Drobo's carrier-less design, requires no tools or screws to install.

6. Cache – Most modern drives have a good amount of internal cache (32 or 64 MB), so this is not a critical deciding factor.

7. Interface – All Drobos use SATA (SATA II/III) drives, but the Drobo B1200i can also use SAS drives. The main difference is that SAS drives are dual-ported, enabling a high-availability architecture such as can be found in the B1200i.

8. Number of Drives – In all storage arrays, the more drives installed, the faster the performance. For example, if you are using a B800i in a VMware vSphere cluster, consider using 8 enterprise-grade drives instead of a smaller number such as 4. The same goes for the B1200i, where 12 drives are better for performance than 6. Click here for more information on B1200i performance.

9. Price – Despite the many other things to consider, often the #1 deciding factor when people purchase drives is price. Since performance, reliability, and energy efficiency are also key purchase criteria, price should not be the only consideration. Purchasing high-quality drives will give you a better storage experience by reducing the chance of having to replace or rebuild a drive—ultimately saving you money.

For more information and Drobo pricing, please contact our sales team at 023 8021 3100

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