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Drobo – The new storage system

All new style  – BeyondRAID leverages the benefits of traditional RAID systems, while leaving many of the limitations behind. This next-generation of redundant storage technology brings together safety, reliability, expandability, efficiency and ease-of-use.

BeyondRAID fits in the same place of the software stack as traditional RAID between the file system and the driver. Hence, BeyondRAID can be adopted without any change in infrastructure, allowing you to maintain your current file system and operating system, while eliminating the friction costs typically associated with moving to a new technology platform.

As business conditions change over time, IT managers are obliged to choose between purchasing a new RAID array and the cost and effort of redeploying a more appropriate RAID level. Data Robotics BeyondRAID solves these two critical issues, delivering flexibility without downtime. Built on an advanced storage virtualization platform, BeyondRAID chooses the correct RAID algorithm based on data protection needs at any given moment. Since the technology works at the block level, it can write blocks of data that alternate between data protection methodologies. If an IT manager needs to add storage capacity to a Drobo product, he or she can simply insert additional disk drives or replace the smallest disks—no need to change RAID levels, purchase a new storage array or go through the complex administration of pooling RAID groups. This even allows IT managers to switch from single to dual disk redundancy with a single click, thereby ensuring enterprise-level dual parity data protection if required

Beauty is you have the requirement only for 1TB Volume and in future your requirement is 16TB and currently in your hand you have one 1TB drive and one 2TB drive…its simple..insert both and configure the volume to 16TB …DONE…as it is near to reach the inserted disk capacity to maximum, DROBO warns and you insert another one…now a days you can get higher capacity HDD in less price…tomorrow it will be cheaper too…

They now release the new system which is Drobo Elite..Dual High-Speed iSCSI Interfaces It’s an industry- standard, high performance protocol that has become extremely popular with businesses and individuals who demand high data storage throughput, but it can often be complex to manage. DroboElite changes that by introducing zero- click iSCSI connection creation with optional LUN-level CHAP authentication for both Windows and Mac OS X.

There are different options available..i’m using DROBO Pro and DROBO Elite….cool ones with rackmount kit too

Disk Interface

Eight-bay capacity – 3.5″ SATA I or SATA II hard drives, Mix and match capacities, drive brands and speeds

File System Supports :
Windows: NTFS
Mac OS X: HFS+
Linux4: EXT3
VMware: VMFS

Operating System Support : Windows XP (Service Pack 3), Windows Vista (Service Pack 1), Windows 7, Windows 2003 Server, Windows 2008 Server, Mac OS X 10.5.6 or greater (Intel Only), Mac OS X Server 10.5.6 or greater (Intel Only), Linux, VMware ESX/ESXi 3.5 or VMware vSphere 4

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March 16, 2010 - Posted by | Computer TIPS, International | , , , , , ,

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