Today Drobo (makers of the original DroboPro and newer Drobo 4-bay Gen3) have launched an update to their B800i iSCSI SAN device:
The B810i comes with several improvements over preceding products in the line:
- 180MB/s reads / 110 MB/s writes (across a pair of iSCSI enabled Gigabit Ethernet ports).
- New 64TB max volume size
- Drobos previously were limited by a 16TB maximum volume size, meaning that additional volumes were required to fully utilize >16TB of HDD storage present.
- This volume size is being backported to some of the previous Drobo models, first with the 5D and most recently the 5N.
- Data Tiering
- SSDs installed as part of the array are automatically assigned to caching duties.
- Cache performance is claimed 5-10x faster than the 'cold' HDD tier.
- Cache Pre-heat
- Metadata describing the contents / duplicated data in the cache is also saved to the array, meaning the cache can survive a reboot of the device.
- Accelerated self-healing
- Drobo claims rebuilds are now 8x faster. This is due to increased parallelism taking place during that process.
- This is in addition to Drobo rebuilds that have only ever needed to re-duplicate the data present (and not all disks front to back as with traditional RAID).
- This is the same near-bulletproof system that has proven itself extremely resistant to failure (but remember, RAID is *not* a backup!).
Along with this launch, Drobo is running a promotion where sales by 4/30/2016 will receive two free 2TB HDDs as part of the $1699 purchase of a B810i.
The B810i replaces the B800i in the current Drobo lineup:
We're working on a round of NAS / SAN pieces here…
…along with an ioSafe 1515+, which would have collapsed the desk if I had it tried to fit it into this picture. That 75 lb beast will have to stay on the floor :).
…along with an ioSafe
You need a better test bench. Know any Amish? (Or Mennonites, as you’ll want it wired for AC.)
Don’t like these pre-built
Don’t like these pre-built NASes. None of these have enough memory to run FreeNAS, let alone being able to re-program the device.
…but isn’t that the point
…but isn't that the point of a pre-built NAS? These are more off-the-shelf appliances than typical PCs.
True. The premium they charge
True. The premium they charge though is rather steep.
What ever happened to the
What ever happened to the round up Allyn?