New Faster 5 Bay Drobo S Released for $800
Data Robotics today announced the release of two new Drobo models, a new consumer type Drobo (the Drobo S at an $800 price point) and a new enterprise type Drobo (the Drobo Elite at $3,500).
The main difference between the Drobo S and the previous Drobo is that the device now contains 5 hard drive bays instead of 4. Also, in addition to USB 2.0 and Firewire 800 capability, the new Drobo now supports eSata connection as well. With this new unit Drobo now claims that it offers not only single drive redundancy but dual drive redundancy, meaning that if two drives were to fail at once your data could likely still be recovered. To get all of the hardcore technical details on the new units check out the reviews on Engadget and Gizmodo.
I’ve personally been a big fan of the Drobo and use Drobos for the primary storage of all of my digital data. Remember hard drive failure is not a question of if, but when. I’ve got four Drobos at present with about 12 terabytes of storage and am buying a 5th one today myself as I’m running out of storage again. While a Drobo should not be considered a replacement for offsite backups (remember theft/fire), protecting against hard drive failure (probably the number one way people lose data) makes a lot of sense.
I don’t think that I’m going to pay up $800 just yet for the new Drobo, but it looks like the previous model (which has FireWire 800) has dropped in price and is now offering a $30 rebate. At $319.95, after rebate, this is the cheapest I’ve seen this model yet. If you’ve been thinking about picking up a Drobo, now might be the time to do it.