Data Robotics is refreshing its excellent line of Drobo automated external hard drive enclosures. The Silicon Valley startup is launching the Drobo S and DroboElite. The Drobo S is similar to the standard Drobo but offers a fifth drive bay, allowing up to two drives to fail with no data loss. The new ‘S’ version also packs a faster ARM chip and an eSATA port to go along with the FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 ports. Users can enable dual drive redundancy via the software control panel.
The DroboElite is intended for enterprise use. It has room for 8 SATA drives, much like the older DroboPro. The Elite now comes equipped with two gigabit Ethernet ports as the only connection method. You won’t find any iSCSI or FireWire like on the Pro. There is however, a USB port intended for device management, not everyday use. The DroboElite is definitely not something for consumers to go pick up.
The new units are shipping now. The Drobo S is going for $799 and the DroboElite for $3,499. The standard Drobo will continue to be sold for $399.
Network storage is valuable in just so many ways, but having enough of it can prove to be a roadblock that some companies (or in rare cases, users) have to face. Thanks to the minds over at Data Robotics, they’ve made it possible to toss up to 16TB onto your network, thanks to the DroboPro.
The DroboPro, announced just yesterday, can pack up to eight 3.5-inch SATA drives inside it (for a maximum of 16TB of storage), and will connect to your network through Ethernet, Firewire 800 or USB 2. It is compatible with both Vista and OS X, so if you’ve got a network juggling different OS’es, you’re set.
It’ll all cost you $1300 for just the box, no storage included. But if you’ve got a heap of files to store, this certainly is an attractive solution.