updated 11:55 am EDT, Tue October 5, 2010
Up to 16TB of hot swappable networked storage
Data Robotics has launched its DroboPro FS, a networkable file sharing and backup storage unit with up to 16TB capacity. The DroboPro FS is designed to give the small-to-medium business market redundant storage, networked backup, and file sharing over dual gigabit Ethernet ports and with VPN support. Unlike the Drobo FS, introduced earlier this year, the DroboPro FS offers native support for Time Machine, and supports Windows (XP/Vista/7/2003 Server/2008 Server), Mac (Intel processors and Leopard or later), and Unix/Linux. Storage can be expanded by adding SATA I and SATA II hard drives to fill up to eight bays.
As with earlier Drobos, capacities don't have to be matched by size, speed, or manufacturer. The eight-bay design allows as many as two drives to fail without losing data, since the drives will auto-reorganize storage to share it equally between the remaining disks. Drives can be replaced on the spot.
The DroboPro FS is now available worldwide, with multiple configurations starting from $1,999 for an empty enclosure and ranging to $3,299 for a 16TB bundle.