Drobo: Network Storage Made Easy
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Afternoon watch, 5 bells (2:30 pm)

I run an IT department for a software company. Storage has been a constant thorn in my side. We always need more, it's not fast enough, and it's just a plain hassle to manage on top of everything else that can go wrong.

So I had a new project that required a lot of new network storage, but my server room is pretty full. Another server means I need to manage more hardware, system updates, etc for a simple job. And the hardware is expensive if you need RAID, and so is management, expansion, emergency replacements and the like. I heard about Data Robotics and their BeyondRAID technology, and thought I'd give them a shot.

All I can say is WOW. I plugged a DroboFS into my network, threw in a couple of SATA drives I had lying around, and I was up and running. I set up a few shares for the new project, and I was done. The whole process took maybe 10 minutes of my time. I was hooked.

A while later, I needed to upgrade our primary storage device, and pitched the Drobo Pro to my boss, reminding him of how easy the DroboFS was. I got approval and purchased a server with iSCSI. I was a little nervous, having never worked with iSCSI (a network block protocol), but I had faith in the Drobo line now. And it wasn't misplaced. I kept thinking There must be more to getting this set up, this was far too easy! The Drobo Pro was a perfect fit for my storage needs!

So here I am, no affiliation with Data Robotics, but an everyday technical guy that wants to give the world a suggestion: buy a Drobo, I promise it'll be the best, easiest storage and backup solution you'll ever use.

Now, if I could just get one for home—

10 June 2011: Well, I just bought one for home. Here's to never worrying about losing my data again!

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