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Industrial Design and User Interface

While Drobo's internal firmware capabilities revolutionize the way we use and manage storage, that isn't the only remarkable thing about Drobo. It's unique industrial design and user interface take storage ease-of-use to another level.

With traditional storage you must buy drives from the array vendor or you're faced with having to struggle with screw and clips. Then after they're deployed, you discover that they're too large or too loud. When capacity runs low or something goes wrong, you often have to be pro-active and use the admin tool to find out what's going on. Drobo makes this all much easier.

How it Works

Meet your new storage solution, the safe and expandable Drobo. It's so simple that anyone can use it, yet powerful enough for business. Drobo connects to your computer or network and provides redundant data protection without the complexities of traditional RAID.

Dynamically expand storage any time. Drobo currently holds up to 36TB, depending on the model, using any combination of 3.5" disk drives or 2.5" drives for the Drobo Mini. The Drobo family offers Thunderbolt, USB 3.0, Ethernet, iSCSI, and other connectivity options, so you get the data protection you need along with the speed and interface you want.

Redundant Protection No Headaches
Redundant Protection No Headaches

Our RAID makes achieving the redundant protection of your data easy to accomplish. With every Drobo you get the redundant protection of much more expensive storage in a format you don't have to configure or manage. BeyondRAID technology, built into every Drobo, delivers all of the benefits of traditional RAID, but leaves the limitations and complexity behind combining enhanced protection, reliability, expandability, and ease-of-use. Learn More about BeyondRAID Technology.

Incomparable Expandability

Drobo is the easiest to manage storage solution available. You can purchase the capacity you need now and increase space by adding additional disk drives, or by just swapping smaller disks with larger ones later. If a drive fails, Drobo automatically protects data without user intervention. In addition, when you do add capacity, it is instantly available so you never have downtime. Drobo even protects against one or two simultaneous drive failures with just one click.

Storage On Your Terms
Storage On Your Terms

Storage requirements come in many different shapes and sizes. Personal computers, laptops, servers and virtual servers all have different connectivity and access needs. Whether you're directly attached to your personal computer, sharing files with others over the network, or backing up a business application – Drobo has the connection you need and the speed you want. Drobo connects to Mac, Windows, Linux, and server virtualization systems with ease. Everyone can take advantage of simple, powerful, and complete Drobo data protection.


Storage Without ScrewsStorage Without Screws

When buying drives for traditional storage, you’re forced to struggle with screws and clips. The smart, simple Drobo changes all of this.

Insertion and removal of drives in a Drobo can be done while it is powered on and in use, making it easy to replace a failed drive or scale up when you need more capacity – all with zero downtime. Every Drobo has a unique carrier-less design, so there is no need to first insert a drive into a carrier. Just insert bare 3.5" or 2.5" drives into a Drobo the same way you would insert cassettes into a tape deck. No drive carriers or screws are necessary.

Drobo has a latch/spring mechanism, making it easy to insert and eject drives. Just hold down the latch to slide a drive in; and to remove a drive, just press down on the latch and the drive is automatically ejected. The Drobo Accelerator Bay on the bottom of the Drobo Mini and 5D works a little differently, but it's just as easy.

Bare 3.5" drives are inserted directly into the Drobo.
Bare 3.5" drives are inserted directly into the Drobo. No drive carriers or screws are necessary.

Insertion and removal of drives in a Drobo can be done while the Drobo is powered on and in use. It's easy to replace a failed drive and to scale up when you need more capacity—and no downtime.

Plug In Peace of Mind

Just plug in your Drobo and rest easy knowing your data will be protected right out of the box. Add disks at any time for additional protected capacity. Drobo can even solve problems by itself. Lights on the front tell you what’s happening – if you can read a traffic light, you’re already a Drobo expert.

The primary management interface for a Drobo is the lights on the front of the chassis. Just looking at a Drobo quickly tells you if it's healthy and if enough storage capacity remains.

Drive status indicators
Drive status indicators exist for each drive and a capacity gauge shows
what percentage of overall capacity is currently being used.

Drobo actions required by status lights manual on the backThe individual drive status indicators tell you the status of the drives or an action that needs to be taken.

For example, if a drive happens to fail, the light for that drive will blink red. If you are running low on storage capacity, an empty drive bay shows yellow, indicating that you should insert another drive in that bay.

As you fill your Drobo with data, the capacity gauge starts to illuminate blue capacity gauge lights, ten in all or a blue solid wraparound light indicator on the front of the Drobo Mini. For example, if 40% of the overall capacity is used, four lights or 40% of the wraparound light are lit. Drobo is so simple that the instructions fit inside the front cover. They tell you what the lights mean and what actions you need to take.

Drobo is so simple that the instructions fit inside the front cover. They tell you what the lights mean and what actions you need to take.

Take a look at the lights on the front of a 5-bay Drobo. They work the same way on all Drobo models.
Take a look at the lights on the front of a 5-bay Drobo. They work the same way on all Drobo models.

Upgrading With theRemarkable DroboUpgrading With theRemarkable Drobo

Once you experience how easy it is to use a Drobo you’ll know there is nothing that compares – but that isn’t the only remarkable thing about it.

Drobo takes upgradability to the next level. Not only can you upgrade capacity with no downtime by adding new drives or replacing smaller drives with larger ones, you can seamlessly upgrade to a new Drobo by simply removing the disk pack from your current system, and moving it to a new Drobo. Upgrading not only gives you an instant performance boost, but also delivers all the other benefits of the new Drobo.



Designed With You in MindDesigned With You in Mind

The industrial design and simple user interface on Drobo takes ease-of-use to another level. Drobos are expertly crafted from the ground up with high-quality materials. One incredible Drobo innovation is its carrier-less drive bays and magnetic front bezel. Just pop drives into the front of the Drobo to increase capacity or place the bezel on the front of your Drobo and it automatically aligns and secures itself.

Drobo fans are variable speed and only spin fast (make noise) when the system needs more cooling. The high-intensity indicator lights shine through the bezel and give you a visual status of your Drobo. Desktop models can be dimmed for comfort in a home or office environment.

Drobo Dashboard makes everything easy to install, manage and maintain. And, let’s face it: Drobo looks cool. So whether it’s sitting on your desk or in your datacenter, Drobo always looks great while protecting everything that’s important to you.

There are Drobos that are designed for the desk, the desk or rack, or just a rack in a server room/closet.

Drobos are available in a wide range of sizes and types to best fit your environment.
Drobos are available in a wide range of sizes and types to best fit your environment.