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Drobo-storage maker Data Robotics has changed its company name to Drobo. Drobo is a 4- and 8-bay desktop storage product that users can populate with hard drives they source themselves and which can be of dissimilar sizes. The box has a simple blue, green and red coloured light management system which signals when it is nearing …

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Whatever.

I've been using removable media for about four and a half decades.

Carry on, all ...

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What?

u still on floppies?

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The news is the company name change, not the product.

Strange you took the time to post a message and not read the article.

Carry on, jake...

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Fail. Just fail.

Either a very very very out-of-touch person (by about four and a half decades, presumably) or someone who thinks pretending to be makes them 'edgy'. For some reason, the post made me think of why my mum loves the show 'Grumpy Old Men' but hates the later counterpart 'Grumpy Old Women' - she says the former are grumpy about interesting things, while the latter mostly just seem to like whining for the sake of it.

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I really really like the concept behind Drobo.

I am still very much on the fence regarding the particular implementation, and probably will be for a few more years of 'burn-in' time.

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Kids ... Pay attention ... It allows you to retire early :-)

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/post/1113324

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WTF?

Re: What?

8" hard-sectored ones by the sound of it......

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El Reg equivalent of First!

failing to read the article and posting nonsense asap should get these people banned.

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(Written by Reg staff)

Re: El Reg equivalent of First!

That's harsh dude! It would also probably halve comments... :-)

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Half the comments.

On this post are off topic.

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Why is this bad?

Send the 'I, for one...' comments the same way whilst you're there!

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very very very out-of-touch?

Maybe he wears saggy trousers to compensate

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Nice name

And Drobo is a cool concept, shame the IO performance degrades so quickly.

Not sure if it's fragmentation or index bloat but throughput has dropped by a factor of ten over the course of a year.

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Well done...

Jake, read up on what the Drobo devices actually do, and you may be pleasantly surprised. Their 'beyond RAID' system is pretty clever and very flexible, and saves you juggling data around as your storage requirements grow.

Not a replacement for a SAN, but a godsend for anyone that works with lots of local data (our multimedia designer creates way too much 'temporary' data to slap on the network or their local drive, but a 4 bay Drobo solved the problem).

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[Their 'beyond RAID' system is pretty clever ]

What more clever than what the competition have been doing for years??

http://www.qnap.com/pro_features_RLM.asp

Oh and BTW I've never had a QNAP degrade IO over time! Give them a try some time... the New pro+ line are absolute stormers on teamed Gigabit networks!

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Not the same thing

QNAP does proper old fashioned RAID, striping across drives or mirroring, expansion involves rebuilding a drive from parity, basically an exact copy of the previous drive on a larger disk, repeat for all drives then enable the extra storage space. Performance is notably better if all the drives are of the same model.

Drobo does block level mirroring across whatever drives it decides are best suited for the data, if you drop a drive and replace it with another of different capacity, you'll end up with different blocks written to it than the original, essentially, what drobo does is ensure all data is on the array twice, it doesn't matter what type or size the drives are because they don't need to be in sync to read data off, drobo just reads from the most convenient drive.

That's the theory, and technically it works well, you can mix and match any old drives in there and expanding the array requires *nothing* more than popping a drive out and sliding a bigger one in, in practice however, throughput steadily slows down until it's unbearable to work with and starts causing timing issues with some applications, the only fix I've found is to clone the entire array, wipe it and then copy everything back, this will need repeating every x months, depending on the data and churn rate.

Fine for backup, no good for live storage.

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What's in a Name..

Surprisingly popular boxes maybe because of their name? But compared to a QNAP, a Drobo box sux.

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