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Computer data storage
|Founded||San Jose, California, US (May 2005 )|
|Mihir H. Shah, CEO|
Mike Edwards, CFO
Rod Harrison, CTO
Drobo is a manufacturer of a series of external storage devices for computers, including DAS, SAN, and NAS appliances. Drobo devices can house up to four, five, eight, or twelve 3.5" or 2.5" Serial ATA or Serial Attached SCSI hard disk drives and connect with a computer or network via USB 2.0, USB 3.0, FireWire 800, eSATA, Gigabit Ethernet or Thunderbolt. Drobo devices are primarily designed to allow installation and removal of hard disk drives without requiring manual data migration, for increasing storage capacity of the unit without downtime, and for data protection against drive failure.
The company Drobo, Inc. changed its name from Data Robotics in 2011 since the familiarity with the Drobo name (which had only been the name of their product line until then) far exceeded the Data Robotics name. Drobo, Inc. merged with Connected Data, Inc. in June 2013, with the new company taking the Connected Data name. In May 2015, the storage appliance business was spun-off as Drobo, Inc. and acquired by an investment group composed of seasoned tech executives Drobo was later acquired by StorCentric in August, 2018. All Drobo products have been out of stock or severely inventory constrained in both the Drobo Store and retail channels since the beginning of 2020. Drobo has consistently blamed this on supply chain issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, even as the stock shortages have persisted for more than a year and half.
|Drobo (1st)||Drobo (2nd)||Drobo (3rd)||Drobo 5C||Drobo S||Drobo S (2nd)||Drobo 5D||Drobo 5Dt||Drobo 5D3||Drobo 8D||Drobo FS||Drobo 5N||Drobo 5N2||Drobo Mini|
|Release Date||5 June 2007||8 July 2008||28 May 2014||4 October 2016||23 November 2009||16 November 2010||2 November 2012||21 June 2016||27 June 2017||13 November 2018||6 April 2010||13 December 2012||21 March 2017||26 October 2012|
|Redundancy||Single drive||Single drive||Single or dual drive||Single or dual drive||Single or dual drive||Single or dual drive||Single or dual drive||Single or dual drive||Single or dual drive||Single or dual drive||Single or dual drive||Single or dual drive||Single or dual drive||Single or dual drive|
|Hosts||Single||Single||Single||Single||Single||Single||Single||Single||Single||Single||Up to 10 users||Single|
|USB||2.0||2.0||3.0||3.0 (Type C)||2.0||3.0||3.0||3.0||3.0 (Type C)||No||No||No||No||3.0|
|Gigabit Ethernet||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||1x (AFP and CIFS/SMB)||1x (AFP and CIFS/SMB)||2x (independent, bonded, or failover links)||No|
|Max Volume Size||16TB||64TB||64TB||16TB||64TB||64TB||64TB||256TB||16TB||64TB||64TB||64TB|
|Largest size drive||4TB||12TB||14TB||4TB||14TB||14TB||14TB||14TB||4TB||14TB||14TB||12TB|
- * Plus one mSATA SSD slot for Data-Aware Tiering
- **Plus one 128 GB mSATA SSD card for Data-Aware Tiering
- ***Plus one 2.5" SATA SSD bay for Data-Aware Tiering
|Release Date||7 April 2009||5 October 2010||8 February 2011||25 October 2015||23 November 2009||8 February 2011||23 February 2016||8 February 2011|
|End of Support||14 December 2014||30 May 2012||19 September 2016||N/A||30 May 2012||19 September 2016||N/A||7 August 2019|
|Redundancy||Single or dual drive||Single or dual drive||Single or dual drive||Single or dual drive||Single or dual drive||Single or dual drive||Single or dual drive||Single or dual drive|
|Hosts||Single||Up to 25 users||Up to 100 users||Up to 100 users||Up to 16||Up to 8||Up to 24|
|USB||2.0||No||No||No||2.0, Admin only||2.0, Admin only||No||No|
|Gigabit Ethernet||1x (iSCSI)||2x (AFP and CIFS/SMB)||2x (AFP and CIFS/SMB)||2x (AFP and CIFS/SMB)||2x (iSCSI)||2x (iSCSI)||2x (iSCSI) and 1x (Management)||3x (iSCSI) and 1x (Management)|
|Max Volume Size||16TB||16TB||16TB||64TB||16TB||16TB||64TB||64TB|
|Largest Size Drive||4TB||4TB||4TB||14TB||4TB||4TB||14TB||8TB (SATA) 6TB (SAS)|
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- "Drobo Acquired by Investment Group Comprised of Seasoned Tech Executives". drobo.com (Press release). Santa Clara, California: Drobo. May 20, 2015. Retrieved July 11, 2018.
- "StorCentric to Acquire Drobo and Nexsan". storcentric.com (Press release). 2018-08-21. Retrieved 2019-05-18.
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- "End of Life Announcement". Drobo. Drobo. Retrieved 17 December 2019.