updated 09:50 pm EST, Thu December 13, 2012
Five bay RAID case boasts mSATA port for data transfer acceleration
Storage drive provider Drobo today confirmed the rumorsfrom November and announced the Drobo 5N, the latest in the new lineup of high-performance storage systems. The Drobo 5N, a network-attached storage (NAS) device, provides increased performance and data protection enhancements for personal and professional users who want a file sharing and backup experience over a local area network.
Like all Drobo storage arrays, the Drobo 5N networked storage is designed for easy set up. The Drobo 5N supports both Mac and Windows operating systems and can be used in a wide variety of use cases, such as centralized backup for multiple systems on the network, including native support for Apple Time Machine on Mac OS computers, and data sharing for both Windows and Mac OS systems across the network.
The new Drobo device holds five storage bays, each of which can hold one standard 3.5 inch SATA hard disk drive or solid state drive, plus one mSATA solid state drive in the Drobo Accelerator Bay for increased performance. Maximum capacity of the unit is 20TB when configured with 4 TB drives, resulting in 16TB of protected storage in a RAID-5 configuration. One Gigabit Ethernet port provides connectivity to a local area network.
Pricing for a no-drive enclosure starts at $599, and runs up to $1600 for a 15TB configuration. The new Drobo 5N is now available from the Drobo store and resellers worldwide.