Drobo Pro: self-monitoring and self-healing functionality

Data Robotics introduced DroboPro, which delivers a simplified storage experience enhanced by advanced self-monitoring and self-healing functionality that enables businesses to maintain uptime in the face of constant data growth.

DroboPro features and benefits:

Up to 8 disks for instant expansion to 16TB and beyond
Customers can grow storage in line with their data capacity needs with minimal effort. To add capacity, customers simply insert a new hard disk or replace the smallest disk with a larger one, even when all eight disk bays are full. Unlike traditional RAID systems, the BeyondRAID technology found in DroboPro enables IT managers to efficiently mix and match disk brands, capacities and speeds, enabling continuous expansion as disk capacities grow. With DroboPro expansion is automatic and instantaneous, and access to data is always maintained.

No headache dual disk redundancy
The DroboPro Dual Disk Redundancy option protects against the simultaneous failure of up to two hard disks. Customers can engage this option with a single click, without ever losing access to their data. When it runs out of capacity, customers can switch DroboPro back to single disk redundancy with a click. Unlike moving between RAID 5 and RAID 6, there’s no need to reformat or migrate data off of the array, potentially saving hours or days.

The virtues of smart volumes
Smart Volumes allow customers to create new volumes in seconds and manage 16TB volumes over time with ease. The time saving Smart Volume management technology integrated into DroboPro allows volumes to pull storage from the common pool of disks rather than a specific physical disk allocation. The labor of resizing and migrating volumes is replaced with the simplicity of intelligent engineering.

Triple interface featuring iSCSI
DroboPro attaches directly to a server or workstation that requires storage, or to a shared server or workstation on a network that can provide access to multiple clients. Interface options include iSCSI (using Gigabit Ethernet), FireWire 800, and USB 2.0. DroboPro reduces the complexity of iSCSI by introducing zero configuration connection establishment for both Windows and Mac OS X.

Rack Mount Ready, Desktop Quiet
DroboPro fits into a rack mount environment or can sit on a desktop. Dual smart fans automatically manage their speed to optimize both cooling and operating noise. (DroboPro rack-mount sold separately.)

DroboPro is currently available starting at an entry price of $1299, with multiple configurations to $3999 for a 16TB rack-mountable solution.

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