Data Robotics Device Automates Data Storage for Small Business

By Sharon Linsenbach  |  Posted 2009-04-08 Print this article Print

Data Robotics' Drobo automated storage device was a massive hit among consumers, with more than 60,000 units sold in the last year and a half. Capitalizing on that success and demand from the reseller channel, Data Robotics is going after IT professionals and the small business market with its DroboPro.

DroboPro offers more drives, capacity and versatility than the original storage device, says Jillian Mansolf, senior vice president of Data Robotics. The new eight-drive system connects to a Mac or a PC via USB 2.0, FireWire 800 and now iSCSI, and includes business-class features such as dual-disk redundancy, "smart" expanding volumes, and new triple interface versatility, Mansolf says

"The market for the original Drobo was creative professionals with large amounts of video and audio data that had to be secure and easily accessible," Mansolf says. "What we found was that many of those customers were trying to pull the solution up into their small and medium-sized businesses, so we've introduced the next iteration, DroboPro, for those business customers," she says.

For solution providers, Mansolf says the introduction of DroboPro offers a completely new avenue and an underserved market ready to be tapped. She says even the smallest businesses can benefit from DroboPro's ease of use and scalability.

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Sharon Linsenbach Sharon Linsenbach is a staff writer for eWEEK and eWEEK Channel Insider. Prior to joining Ziff Davis, Sharon was Assistant Managing Editor for CRN, a weekly magazine for PC and technology resellers. Before joining CRN, Sharon was an Acquisitions Editor for The Coriolis Group and later, Editorial Director with Paraglyph Press, both in Scottsdale, AZ. She holds a BA in English from Drew University and lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her significant other and two neurotic cats. When she's not reading or writing about technology, Sharon enjoys yoga, knitting, traveling and live music. Sharon can be reached at

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