[Merged] DroboPro Announced - Business Class, Self-Managing 8-Drive Storage Server

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  1. Grimace macrumors 68040

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    Just got this a few minutes ago about a NEW DroboPro rackmount product!
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    It's official! Data Robotics introduces DroboPro, the first business class storage device that manages itself! DroboPro delivers both enterprise-level data safety and unprecedented expandability, featuring single and dual disk redundancy combined with instant capacity expansion! Leveraging the revolutionary BeyondRAID™ virtualized storage platform, and the peace of mind that comes with every Drobo product, DroboPro offers unparalleled features including:

    * Instant capacity expansion across up to eight (8) hard drives
    * Protection from one or two hard drive failures
    * Create up to 16x16TB Smart Volumes™ with a click of a button
    * iSCSI (Gigabit Ethernet), FireWire 800 and USB 2.0
    * Rack mount ready, desktop quiet

    Join us for a webinar on April 9th at 9am PDT or 2pm PDT to learn more about the all-new DroboPro AND our Customer Loyalty Program! We look forward to seeing you there! And, we are offering $200 off a DroboPro for existing Drobo owners.
     
  2. MovieCutter macrumors 68040

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  3. themoonisdown09 macrumors 601

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    Is it new? I'm trying to go to their website, but it's not working right now.

    I've been thinking about getting a Drobo for a while for backups and music/movies.
     
  4. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    I am curious to see their new offering.

    Can get to the web site either. :(
     
  5. MovieCutter macrumors 68040

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    Just announced today:

    http://www.slashgear.com/data-robotics-drobopro-8-bays-up-to-16tb-storage-0740382/

    Press Release:

    DATA ROBOTICS UNVEILS DROBOPRO, THE FIRST SMB DATA STORAGE SYSTEM THAT MANAGES ITSELF

    Scalable BeyondRAID Platform Eliminates Capacity Over-Provisioning and RAID Lock-In

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. – April 7, 2009 – Data Robotics, the company that is changing the way the world stores and protects digital content, today introduced DroboPro, the first business class storage array that manages itself. DroboPro delivers a radically simplified storage experience enhanced by advanced self-monitoring and self-healing functionality that enables small and medium businesses (SMBs) to maintain uptime in the face of constant data growth. Built on the company’s award-winning BeyondRAID™ virtualized storage platform, DroboPro provides enterprise-level business continuity features—including protection against multiple concurrent drive failures and no-downtime capacity expansion with thin provisioning—while eliminating the lock-in of traditional RAID configurations.

    DroboPro with BeyondRAID offers IT managers the unprecedented flexibility to replace failed disks, upsize the capacity of disks, and with one click switch between single and dual disk redundancy without costly downtime. Providing the most straightforward user experience ever designed for business class storage, DroboPro enables companies to devote more resources to business growth and significantly less time and money to managing their storage. With DroboPro IT managers no longer have to make difficult and confining choices upfront about how to provision capacity for the future.

    “At many businesses, IT managers are responsible for much more than just storage, let alone having to predict the future of their company’s business and dynamic storage needs,” said David Reinsel, group vice president, storage and semiconductors, at industry analyst firm IDC. “A forward-thinking approach to flexible and highly available data storage, like Data Robotics’ DroboPro, not only should save IT managers capital and administrative costs, but also should provide them more time to focus on managing their front-end applications, such as Microsoft Small Business Server and Microsoft Exchange.”

    “It’s critical that our company’s data is always accessible. Devoting time and resources to manage our storage is challenging, especially as our data continues to grow each year. The ability to survive two drive failures and DroboPro’s high-speed iSCSI interface make it the ideal primary storage for our mission-critical applications server,” said Wayne Titus, owner, AMDG Financial. “Because DroboPro manages the RAID levels automatically, we no longer need to buy more storage than we need today in anticipation of estimated future requirements. As our business grows, DroboPro grows with us. We can add additional drives as needed, and the new capacity is instantly available. With DroboPro, we have a high-performance storage solution our business can afford, with the features, functionality, and ease of use that are ideal for any small business.”

    DroboPro Features and Benefits

    Up to 8 Disks for Instant Expansion to 16TB and Beyond
    Customers can grow storage in line with their data capacity needs with minimal effort. To add capacity, customers simply insert a new hard disk or replace the smallest disk with a larger one, even when all eight disk bays are full. Unlike traditional RAID systems, the BeyondRAID technology found in DroboPro enables IT managers to efficiently mix and match disk brands, capacities and speeds, enabling continuous expansion as disk capacities grow. With DroboPro expansion is automatic and instantaneous, and access to data is always maintained.
    No Headache Dual Disk Redundancy
    The DroboPro Dual Disk Redundancy option protects against the simultaneous failure of up to two hard disks. Customers can engage this option with a single click, without ever losing access to their data. When it runs out of capacity, customers can switch DroboPro back to single disk redundancy with a click. Unlike moving between RAID 5 and RAID 6, there’s no need to reformat or migrate data off of the array, potentially saving hours or days.
    The Virtues of Smart Volumes
    Smart Volumes allow customers to create new volumes in seconds and manage 16TB volumes over time with ease. The 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. The labor of resizing and migrating volumes is replaced with the simplicity of intelligent engineering.
    Triple Interface Featuring iSCSI
    DroboPro attaches directly to a server or workstation that requires storage, or to a shared server or workstation on a network that can provide access to multiple clients. Interface options include iSCSI (using Gigabit Ethernet), FireWire 800, and USB 2.0. DroboPro reduces the complexity of iSCSI by introducing zero configuration connection establishment for both Windows and Mac OS X.
    Rack Mount Ready, Desktop Quiet
    DroboPro fits into a rack mount environment or can sit on a desktop. Dual smart fans automatically manage their speed to optimize both cooling and operating noise. (DroboPro rack-mount sold separately.)
    “DroboPro was built on the belief that there is no reason that storage should be complex or expensive in order to be effective. We’ve taken storage to a level that is truly simple and straightforward without losing the necessary features that businesses need,” said Dr. Geoff Barrall, CEO and founder of Data Robotics. “Leveraging the capabilities that are built into DroboPro, businesses can quickly take advantage of this robust, cost-effective storage solution to ease the burden of nonstop data growth.”

    Price and Availability DroboPro is currently available starting at an entry price of $1299 MSRP, with multiple configurations to $3999 for a 16TB rack-mountable solution. DroboPro is available now from authorized partners worldwide and on www.drobostore.com. For a list of partners or to learn more about DroboPro, please visit www.drobo.com/drobopro.
     
  6. themoonisdown09 macrumors 601

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    Based on the price, it looks like I won't be going with the Pro version. It sounds nice though.
     
  7. design-is macrumors 65816

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    Looks cool... I just got a Drobo V2.

    Looks like Drobo.com has died under pressure lol
     
  8. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Agree that it does sound nice.

    Definitely not for the casual user. Expensive compared to a self built Linux server.
     
  9. vendettabass macrumors 6502a

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    does look very very very interesting. 8x2TB HDD's would be insane :cool:
     
  10. Grimace thread starter macrumors 68040

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    $200 for the effing rackmount seems a bit ridiculous. :mad:
     
  11. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    ^ And how much is the actual unit?

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    Ouch.
     
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  13. detz macrumors 65816

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    1,299.00 with no drives! HAHA, who ever buys these things are foolish.
     
  14. polaris20 macrumors 68020

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    ARGH!!!! Damnit, we just bought a regular Drobo at work.....really could have used this instead.

    The current one is too entrenched now to return. :(
     
  15. NightStorm macrumors 68000

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    Why they won't include an gigabit ethernet port is completely beyond me.
     
  16. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Probably because the processor is so slow gigabit ethernet won't be useful.
     
  17. detz macrumors 65816

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    That is such a waste of money. You would be better off setting up raid 1 array or even just a software mirror of the drives. For the price of the Drobo alone you could have 6TB of mirrored storage.
     
  18. stagi macrumors 65816

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    Looks pretty nice to me, I might consider one of these if I outgrow my ready nas box
     
  19. rhett7660 macrumors G4

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    Tell me about it... What the hell are they thinking??!?!?!?!??!!
     
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  21. mcnallym macrumors 6502a

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    I am pretty sure that the iSCSI connector is Gig Ethernet.
     
  22. northy124 macrumors 68020

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    Accoding to the site:
    So you sir are correct :)
     
  23. JPDeckers macrumors newbie

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    Yups.

    I would spend my money on a QNAP 509/809 instead, also with iSCSI, faster CPU, upgradable memory, running Linux (variant) and with a lot more features.
     
  24. NightStorm macrumors 68000

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    Yes, but you can't use it natively like a standard NAS box... you need something else (hardware/software) to manage the shares on the network; if my limited knowledge of the iSCSI protocol is correct anyways).
     
  25. bertpalmer macrumors 6502

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    I can't believe people buy drobo's when there are cheaper alternatives with more functionality out there. QNAP for one...

    I guess it is the mac mentality though - pay for the design and shininess - I know I am guilty there!
     

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