Drobo Mini, 5D Storage Arrays Debut With Thunderbolt
Designed for Mac enthusiasts and creative professionals, the two drives offer USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt technology, as well as hot-swap drive capability.Data storage specialist Drobo announced the Nov. 2 release of the Mini and 5D storage arrays, which include high-speed Thunderbolt connectivity, USB 3.0, automated tiering that supports solid-state drives (SSDs), enhanced reliability features and storage-array portability. The products, aimed at creative professionals and Mac enthusiasts, are designed to use high-performance SSDs with hard-disk drives (HDDs). Pricing for the Mini starts at $649 and the Drobo 5D at $849. Thunderbolt input/output (I/O) technology provides performance that is up to five times faster than the previous-generation Drobo drives. The Mini and 5D are equipped with dual Thunderbolt ports for daisy-chaining, allowing users to connect up to six Thunderbolt devices and a non-Thunderbolt monitor at the end of the chain. The bi-directional 10G-bps performance of Thunderbolt allows all devices in the chain to achieve maximum throughput, according to a company release. In addition, the Mini and 5D provide a plug-and-play accelerated storage option to more smoothly run rich-media libraries like iTunes and iPhoto, as well as to safely store and back up personal data. Both products are compatible with a range of local and cloud backup solutions to deliver remote access and off-premises data protection.
The Mini and 5D also help protect users from a drive failure by enabling them to add or hot-swap drives for storage expansion with no downtime. When a drive is running low on space, lights on the front of the device tell the user to add a drive in an empty bay or remove a smaller drive and replace it with a larger one.