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November 22, 2009

Data Robotics launches Drobo S with eSATA

Claims to provide 150% performance of four-bay Drobo

By CBR Staff Writer

Data Robotics has launched Drobo S, a new storage offering designed for Windows, Mac and Linux users for high-speed data transfers and data storage.

The new offering provides 150% of the performance of the current four-bay Drobo, making it suitable storage offering for professionals, small offices and home office users, the company claims.

The company said that the new device is built on its BeyondRAID virtualised storage platform that eliminates the lock-in of RAID configurations. It features a toggle between single and dual-drive redundancy and provides protection against up to two concurrent drive failures. It supports capacity expansion along with the flexibility to replace failed drives, add drives, and swap out drives of varying sizes from vendors without losing access to data.

According to Data Robotics, the new offering delivers a dual-drive redundancy option which protects against the simultaneous failure of up to two hard drives and also examines data blocks and sectors on each drive to flag potential issues. It also features single and dual drive redundancy and 5-drive capacity and instant expansion to 10TB. It also provides interface options which allows users to take

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advantage of eSATA, FireWire 800, and USB 2.0 connections for flexibility.

Geoff Barrall, CEO and founder of Data Robotics, said: “Drobo S represents our continued commitment to our customer base of professionals and small and home office users. Significant performance enhancements, the addition of eSATA, increased capacity, and the flexibility of single- or dual-drive redundancy make the Drobo S an ideal solution for this increasingly sophisticated set of users.”

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