Data Robotics has released the second generation of its Drobo external storage device. Featuring FireWire 800 alongside improved USB 2.0 performance and an upgraded core processor, the company says that the new Drobo is the fastest product in its class for managing and storing digital information – and that the increased read and write performance makes the product ideal for use as primary storage for media applications such as photography and video editing, as well as secondary storage.

The second generation Drobo incorporates all of the features and functionality of the original unit: unparalleled ease of use, redundant data protection, and instant expandability that allows storage capacity to grow with users over time. New enhancements include an upgraded core processor, two FireWire 800 ports, dramatically increased USB 2.0 performance, and newly optimized firmware.

The Drobo supports four drives for a total storage of up to 16TB. It has two FireWire 800 ports -- which can also be used to connect the drive to a standard FireWire port on your computer –– and one USB 2.0 port

The second generation Drobo is priced at £255 plus VAT.