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Drobo Mini and Drobo 5D Storage Arrays Now Available

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Drobo, makers of award-winning data storage products for businesses and professionals, today announced the general availability and shipping of the Drobo Mini and Drobo 5D. The Drobo Mini and 5D products are the industry's first storage arrays to include high-speed Thunderbolt connectivity, USB 3.0, automated tiering that supports solid state drives (SSDs), enhanced reliability features and true storage-array portability. The new products are designed to intelligently and seamlessly use high-performance SSDs with hard disk drives (HDDs) to rapidly accelerate workflows for creative professionals managing rich-media catalogs and Mac enthusiasts who need fast, high-capacity and portable storage.

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For 850 dollars I could build a small server that could do more. (Keep in mind, that doesn't even include the drives.) Also, you're not going to saturate USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt with either of these devices. You might get close with all SSDs, but then it relies on the performance of the enclosure and the controller driving the storage.

Doesn't sound worth it to me unless it was an intelligent NAS that didn't require a computer, but it does, so you need a rig to use it anyways, so why not build a small server to serve the same exact purpose for a similar price?

Edit: I can see an argument for the mini since it looks pretty portable, but not the 5D.

Without the need for complicated RAID setup or configuration
Raid is a piece of cake to setup in this day and age with any modern RAID controller. :banghead:
 
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For 850 dollars I could build a small server that could do more. (Keep in mind, that doesn't even include the drives.) Also, you're not going to saturate USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt with either of these devices. You might get close with all SSDs, but then it relies on the performance of the enclosure and the controller driving the storage.

Doesn't sound worth it to me unless it was an intelligent NAS that didn't require a computer, but it does, so you need a rig to use it anyways, so why not build a small server to serve the same exact purpose for a similar price?

Edit: I can see an argument for the mini since it looks pretty portable, but not the 5D.



Raid is a piece of cake to setup in this day and age with any modern RAID controller. :banghead:
WARNING DROBO SYSTEMS ARE AWEFUL. My company is in the business of moving large volumes of data in short periods of time. So when one of our customers sent us one of these units, it maxed out at 30mb/s. It's PERFECT for a simple home storage system that doesn't need to run at Line speed. But if your trying to move 10TBs of data with a deadline, build a custom system, load Fedora(free), and build a software Raid. It will push line speed.
 
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WARNING DROBO SYSTEMS ARE AWEFUL. My company is in the business of moving large volumes of data in short periods of time. So when one of our customers sent us one of these units, it maxed out at 30mb/s. It's PERFECT for a simple home storage system that doesn't need to run at Line speed. But if your trying to move 10TBs of data with a deadline, build a custom system, load Fedora(free), and build a software Raid. It will push line speed.
Lol it sounds like you were pulling the data at 2.0 speeds. If not, there was something seriously defective with the system you were grabbing information from.
 
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No, we use the higher end drobis that claim to do CIfS hosting via gigbit connections. They put some crappy arm based processor in there to operate the raid and you get crap performance.
 

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Be aware of Amazon's false advertisement

I ordered a Drobo 5D more than a week ago. They assured me to receive the unit around November 12 but lastr sent another letter stating a problem from the shipper which makes even a late December shipment questionable. And in the same time even today advertise the unit stating they still have 11 units on stock. What kind of bull is that?
 

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WARNING DROBO SYSTEMS ARE AWEFUL. My company is in the business of moving large volumes of data in short periods of time. So when one of our customers sent us one of these units, it maxed out at 30mb/s. It's PERFECT for a simple home storage system that doesn't need to run at Line speed. But if your trying to move 10TBs of data with a deadline, build a custom system, load Fedora(free), and build a software Raid. It will push line speed.

Pretty sure this is designed for USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt and not ethernet. Oh wait, you're talking about OTHER DROBO PRODUCTS and not these two. I reserve judgement considering ThunderBolt and USB 3.0 are a tid-bit more demanding.
 
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