Monday, February 7, 2011

Drobo Updates Line for Business - Adds 12-Bay Unit

Data Robotics has announced an update of it's line of Drobo storage products.  The new models are clearly aimed at business and offer solid competition to lower-end SAN soutions.  The Drobo B1200i has room for 12 drives, and includes 3 physical iSCSI ports.  With VMware, Citrix, Microsoft Exchange and Symantec Backup certification, and uses from VM backup to thin provisioning, this is a flexible storage system.  Add iSCSI, remote backup capabilities and Drobo's beloved BeyondRAID system which allows users to mix and match cheap, large drives, and this is a device which could find a lot of uses in a lot of offices.  Data Robotics has yet to update their site, but CrunchGear has a B1200i fully loaded with 2Tb drives at under $10k - this is going to be tough to beat on a comparable SAN device, and with the increased feature set, it's SAN competition that is clearly in Drobo's sights.

I use the classic Drobo at home and think it's a great device - I'd love to have one of these for the media collection, but it's priced a little beyond the living room!

More details and press release at CrunchGear:

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