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Data Robotics outs eight-bay, networkable DroboPro FS

updated 11:55 am EDT, Tue October 5, 2010

Up to 16TB of hot swappable networked storage

Data Robotics has launched its DroboPro FS, a networkable file sharing and backup storage unit with up to 16TB capacity. The DroboPro FS is designed to give the small-to-medium business market redundant storage, networked backup, and file sharing over dual gigabit Ethernet ports and with VPN support. Unlike the Drobo FS, introduced earlier this year, the DroboPro FS offers native support for Time Machine, and supports Windows (XP/Vista/7/2003 Server/2008 Server), Mac (Intel processors and Leopard or later), and Unix/Linux. Storage can be expanded by adding SATA I and SATA II hard drives to fill up to eight bays.

As with earlier Drobos, capacities don't have to be matched by size, speed, or manufacturer. The eight-bay design allows as many as two drives to fail without losing data, since the drives will auto-reorganize storage to share it equally between the remaining disks. Drives can be replaced on the spot.

The DroboPro FS is now available worldwide, with multiple configurations starting from $1,999 for an empty enclosure and ranging to $3,299 for a 16TB bundle.

by MacNN Staff



  1. rvhernandez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Reliable? Overpriced?

    I've considered buying a Drobo over the last year or two, but I always have read nightmare stories about failures and bad tech support. Are these just a few people being vocal or is it more widespread? I wish I could get a real world review...

  1. lysolman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I think this is related

    I've been going back and forth about buying a drobo. Unfortunately, all I've heard is they're unbearably slow.

    I think I'm going to end up building a software RAID 5 in my G4 server with a Sil3124 and their Sata Raid 5 manager.

    Even with the limited PCI bus and a software RAID, I bet it will be faster over my network than the Drobo.

    Thoughts, comments?

  1. byRyan

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Drobo SLOWbo

    To answer some of your previous comments, the company I work for got a 5 bay drobo with a drobo share. we actually wanted a droboPro, but at the time - it didn't support to droboShare - which adds ethernet access. (what kind of pro product doesn't allow you to network it?!?!?)

    Anyways - the DroboShare was so slow, we decided to attach the Drobo directly to a computer, and connect to that machine for network access. that worked remarkably better - but is not an ideal solution because now that computer's resources are tied up as a file server when it should be an editing/render station.

    Now this new drive has dual ethernet thats part of the device, rather then an add on- I can't speak for its performance. hopefully its better then using a Drobo with the DroboShare - which I recommend to no-one because of its slow performance

  1. bdmarsh

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Drobo S and FS models are faster

    The first Drobo was pretty slow, great for archival type storage, but not for something you would want to work with files off of.

    Speed has improved with the S & FS models, but still something more for long term storage, and not a working drive. If you buy it for this purpose it should do exactly what is needed without the complexity of setting and maintaining most RAID setups (Which isn't bad for those technically inclined, but beyond what most users can handle)

  1. CarlRJ

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Drobo somehow gets all the press

    You'd think that the Drobo is the only company making RAID storage, from the way some people talk - their marketing seems tremendously effective. From what I've heard, they're really neat... until they crash. In multi-drive boxes (NAS or RAID or whatever), nothing else matters if it isn't 100% reliable. Before considering Drobo (okay, technically speaking, I wouldn't consider Drobo), I'd look at ReadyNAS (was Infrant, now NetGear), and especially QNAP, who make a lovely range of highly regarded RAID and NAS boxes.

  1. aar

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Windows Home Server

    I considered a a DROBO, but ended buying an HP MediaSmart EX490. For me, this seems to work even better.

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