Promise Technology is setting out its stall in the UK with a product line that includes a Drobo-lookalike, the NS4600, which like the Drobo offers media serving functionality. Both boxes are curved edge black rectangles, with four empty drive bays, FireWire and USB connectivity, and can be upgraded with new disk drives as …
Promise's datasheet say FW800 and no GigE -- what's going on?
The Promise will be faster than Drobo as the Drobo is a proverbial tortoise
Also, I trust that Promise dont use a proprietary algorithm because Ive heard of plenty of Drobo users loosing all their data when it cant mount the raid - ugly at best.
Not really fresh news
The communiqué for the NS4600 is a few months old... 9 months to be precise!
What is notable though is the release of a new firmware that corrects/improves greatly the box. But the product itself is hardly new.
That's the DS datasheet I looked at *blush*
Looks amazingly similar to the Edge10 NAS400 that's sat on my desk.
Is this really a device to compare against a Drobo? I realise that being able to hot-swap drives is definitely in that vein, but the whole point of the Drobo is that it can take any old drives- if this is a true RAID box then surely it can only take the same size of drives as it already has inserted?
So Promise decided to drop the middleman...
ie Edge10, thank goodness, the most unhelpful bunch of people ever, I called up regarding missing screws from my second hand Nas400 only to be told.. 'we don't stock them, infact we went down the road and asked a customer to sell us some of his ones from his own unit, you could try Promise but don't mention us'
As soon as I find the missing screws (somewhat impossible atm) I will be putting this back up on ebay and never getting another Edge10 product again.
Marketing vs Reality
"The pitch is that, although it's new to the UK it is in fact a world leader in RAID controllers"
"The truth is that, although it's new to the UK it is in fact a world leader in WINDOWS CENTRIC SOFTWARE BASED FAKE RAID controllers"
Try getting one working under Linux and you will know what I mean.
Promise, like many others, make almost identical DAS and NAS products. What would be great is if maunfacturers could sell one of each as a pre-twinned pair... turn them both on, they look for each other, you point them at each other to confirm, and then they stay in sync ever after (until you deliberately break the link). We'd save so much time setting up a replica backup, remote from the server and its directly attached storage for our SMB customers. Everyone wins!
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