Drobo DroboPro 8 Bay Storage Array Enclosure, FireWire 800, iSCSI & USB 2.0 Interface for Mac & Windows


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About Drobo DRPR1A21

The Drobo DroboPro 8-Bay Array Enclosure from Drobo is an external storage enclosure, designed for use in professional environments. The array system, which offers many of the benefits of a RAID while avoiding the inflexibility associated with RAID storage, can connect to a computer via iSCSI, FireWire-800, or USB 2.0.

The professional array can connect via iSCSI, which uses a standard Gigabit Ethernet connection to directly attach storage to a computer. It delivers bus speeds superior to those provided by FireWire-800 or USB 2.0. The array ships in a desktop configuration; an optional 3U rackmount kit is available.

The enclosure supports up to 8 standard 3.5" SATA hard drives. You can configure the storage capacity of the Drobo to suit your needs; you'll even be able to mix and match drive capacities without sacrificing data protection. The DroboPro features Smart Volume management technology, eliminating the need to manually resize and migrate volumes.

Drobo DRPR1A21 Features

  • BeyondRAID Technology: Every Drobo product comes with the revolutionary BeyondRAID storage technology - the next generation of redundant disk protection. BeyondRAID will not only keep your data safe, but also will increase uptime and availability
  • Data protection against two simultaneous hard disk failures
  • Instant capacity expansion without downtime
  • Self-management
  • Automatic healing
  • File System and Operating System Agnostic: DroboPro and its underlying BeyondRAID technology currently support the Windows, Mac and Linux platforms, with file system support for NTFS, HFS Plus, EXT3 and FAT32
  • Mixed Drive Capacity Utilization: Grow storage in line with data capacity needs with minimal effort. To add capacity, customers can simply insert a new hard disk or replace the smallest disk with a larger one, even when all eight disk bays are full
  • Redundantly Safe: Utilizing dual disk redundancy, DroboPro's BeyondRAID technology can ensure your data is safe even if up to two disks fail simultaneously-all without a moment of downtime
  • Proportional Rebuild Times: The time it takes DroboPro to rebuild data after a drive failure or removal is proportional to the amount of data stored in the pool-meaning the less capacity that is used, even on a 2TB disk, the shorter your rebuild times will be
  • Self-Healing: When DroboPro detects a "bad" hard disk, it proactively advises you with a series of warnings ranging from a blinking red LED on its front panel, to pop-up alerts in Drobo Dashboard, to email alerts
  • Smart Volumes: Create new volumes in seconds and manage up to 16 x 16TB volumes over time with ease. The innovative and timesaving Smart Volume management technology integrated into DroboPro allows volumes to pull storage from the common pool of disks rather than a specific physical disk allocation
  • Storage Virtualization: BeyondRAID was designed from the ground up to allow the storage capacity of the array to expand and contract
  • Thin Provisioning: Thin Provisioning is a technical term that describes how the BeyondRAID technology communicates with your operating system. BeyondRAID communicates with your OS about how much disk space you have, up to 16TB per volume (this varies with older operating and file systems)
  • Self-Managing: DroboPro is storage that manages itself. There are no complex configuration screens, DIP switches, confounding choices, web consoles or other complications that prevent so many other storage devices from working out of the box
  • Drive Reordering: One long-standing requirement inherent in traditional RAID-based systems was that if for some reason you needed to remove the drives, you'd have to replace the drives in the exact same order. When you remove your disks from DroboPro, you can put them back in any order you like
  • Eight-bay capacity
  • 3.5" SATA I or SATA II hard disk drives
  • No carriers required
  • Mix and match capacities, disk brands and speeds
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