Data Robotics has introduced the Drobo FS, a shared storage device that keeps projects secure using the same 'RAID for Dummies' approach as the rest of the Drobo line. Dubbed 'BeyondRAID', this takes care of complex RAID arrangement of drives behind the scenes - enabling non-techies to use the products easily, and offering flexibility such as the ability to use different sized drives in the same Drobo, and on-the-fly drive swapping.
The Drobo FS connects directly to any Gigabit Ethernet network supports both standard Mac (AFP) and Windows (CIFS) networking standards. It has five drive bays which currently support up to 10TB of storage, though Data Robotics notes that this will grow as larger hard drives are releases.
The Drobo FS dual drive redundancy option protects against the simultaneous failure of up to two hard drives. For larger overall storage, users can select single drive redundancy.
Another feature of BeyondRAID is that the Drobo FS continually examines data blocks and sectors on each drive to flag potential issues. The preemptive 'scrubbing'helps ensure data is being written only to healthy drive areas and automatically keeps data in the safest state possible – even when a drive fails.
The unit supports the company's DroboApps, which add extra functionality such as an FTP or iTunes media server. The current full list can be seen here.
The Drobo FS costs £469 plus VAT without drives. With a full set of 2TB drives, it costs £969 plus VAT.