Data Robotics Device Automates Data Storage for Small Business
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.