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Tom Meegan
Re: Drobo - a good buy for me?
on Nov 18, 2008 at 12:09:23 pm

I've been researching the Drobo as a back-up to the RAID 5 SAN I recently purchased.

Although Drobo isn't a SAN, with the addition of a Drobo Share it becomes an NAS.

Drobo Share is a compelling choice as dummy proof back up for shops with two or three seats, and Drobo is a nice choice as primary storage for one man bands doing low bandwidth work.

Drobo + four 1.5 TB drives:

http://dealmac.com/Seagate-1-5-TB-Serial-ATA-3-Gb-s-Internal-Hard-Drive-for...

Equals 6 TB raw (about 4.5 TB usable) on a Drobo. About $1100.00. Direct connect to one edit station doing DV or HDV work and it will perform pretty well.

Here is the performance chart:

http://www.drobo.com/Images/Inside/lightbox/Performance-Charts-lg.gif

For the shop with several seats add DroboShare for about $200 and anther Drobo with four drives –

12 TB raw, 8-9 TB usable, sharable over a network, $2400.00.

This could serve as a common media pool for sound effects, music, and stock footage. Or a near-line archive. Or back up for the SAN.

The Drobo's ease of use, ease up upgrade, and the ability to turn it into an NAS for $200 are good reasons to consider it for certain users.

Tom Meegan
Woven Pixels, LLC


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