Data Robotics Drobo S
Released November, 2009
The Pros:Hot-swappable drives rebuild on their own, can even be rebuilt as the drive is read from or written to. Two drives can fail unexpectedly without any data loss. Processor is 50% faster than the Drobo.
The Cons:Lacks network connectivity - eliminates use as a stand-alone NAS (requires an online PC at all times to be accessible by others). Cheaper, more functional, real NASes exist. Pricey - double the price of the Drobo.
The Data Robotics Drobo S is one of two enterprise-level servers (Drobo S, DroboElite) released in November 2009 as a follow-up to DroboPro. It features five 3.5” SATA drive bays for a maximum physical capacity of 10TB; a FireWire 400/800 interface; and a newly added eSATA port for a 50% claimed performance improvement over FireWire 800.
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Included also is support for single or dual-drive redundancy for extra data protection, along with up to 15 Smart Volumes. In fact, users will be able to easily switch between single/dual redundancy through the control panel. Note that the DroboShare NAS adapter is not compatible with the Drobo S because the resultant throughput would move quite slow compared to a direct connection. Suffice it to say, the S is geared towards professionals seeking a fast direct-attached storage solution.
Additional features include compatibility with Windows, Mac, and Linux systems; support for NTFS, HFS, FAT32, and EXT3 file formats; and self-healing technology that continually examines blocks/sectors on every disk, and subsequently flags questionable areas.
- Enterprise Server
- Five SATA-I/II Bays (3.5”
- FireWire 400/800 Interface
- eSATA Port (50% Performance+)
- USB Interface (2.0)
- Single/Dual-Drive Redundancy
- Win/Mac/Linux Compatibility
- Self-Healing Technology
- Interface: eSATA, FireWire 400/800, USB 2.0
- Drives: 3.5” SATA-I/SATA-II x5
- File System Option (Windows): NTFS
- File System Option (Max OS X): HFS+
- File System Option (Cross-Platform): FAT32
- File System Option (Linux): EXT3
Supported Operating Systems
- Windows 2008 Server
- Windows 2003 Server
- Windows 2000 Server
- Windows XP
- Windows Vista
- Windows 7
- Linux using EXT3³
- Mac OS 10.4 or later
- External Power Cable
- eSATA Cable
- FireWire 800 Cable
- USB 2.0 Cable
- User Guide
- Quick Star Card
- Drobo Resource CD
User Reviews (4)
hot-swappable drives rebuild on their own, can even be rebuilt as the drive is read from or written to
two drives can fail unexpectedly without any data loss
processor is 50% faster than the Drobo
allows hassle-free use of different drive make, models and capacities
includes eSATA connection for enhanced speeds (beside the standard USB 2.0 and FireWire 400/800 of the Drobo)
easy to read drive health and capacity LED indicators
lacks network connectivity - eliminates use as a stand-alone NAS (requires an online PC at all times to be accessible by others)
cheaper, more functional, real NASes exist
pricey - double the price of the Drobo
far from enterprise quality
not compatible with the DroboShare NAS adapter
does not include any type of backup software
does not come with any drives
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