For enterprise, the importance of the storage media is getting more serious. The important data has been saved in here. It also accessed regularly. For this, the powerful and reliable storage media is absolutely needed. When it is talking about the reliable and always available storage media, NAS is the answer. Actually, NAS is like an exclusive storage media. In the most case, it has used by enterprise only. But now, it has used for home and small office too. To answer this need, Drobo offers Drobo 5N. But before making any decision, you can see Drobo 5N review first.
Drobo 5N is pretty small. It was designed for the small network. This product supports up to 5 3.5 inches SATA II or SATA III HDD. But it also works well with SSD. To improve the performance, it also equipped with one mSATA SSD in the Drobo Accelerator Bay. Interestingly, it is also expandable. People can add more drives or changing the existing one with the larger one.
Drobo 5N uses RAID technology. It means, it can protect the data even when the multiple drive failures. People can switch disk redundancy only with a click. Interestingly, it also has the virtual hot spares and self-healing too.
The compact design makes Drobo 5N easy to place anywhere. It does not need the large space. For the fastest performance, people can load every drive bay with SSD. More than it, it has equipped with Drobo Apps too. This embedded application will make data management to look simpler.
Drobo 5N Review
– Five storage bays, each of which can hold one standard 3.5 inch SATA I / II / III hard disk drives or solid state drives and one mSATA solid state drive in the Drobo Accelerator Bay
– Connectivity – One Gigabit Ethernet port with Ethernet cable included
Network Protocols – Common Internet File System (CIFS)/Server Message Block (SMB) and Apple Filing Protocol (AFP)
– Drobo BeyondRAID – Provides thin provisioning, instant expansion, mixed drive size utilization, automatic protection levels, dual disk redundancy, virtual hot spare, data aware and drive reordering
Additional Software Features – Data aware tiering, OS X Time Machine Support, drive spin down and dim lights
– Operating System Support- Mac OS X 10.7.x Lion, Mac OS X 10.8.x Mountain Lion, Windows 7 SP1 32 and 64 bit, Windows 8 32 and 64 bit
Overall, Drobo 5N is a good product. It is portable and expendable. It is also easy to use and support Mac OS and Windows OS. With 1 Gigabyte Ethernet port, writing or reading data on the NAS will be faster. Even it feels like accessing the local files. With the varied software inside Drobo 5N, it allows everyone to manage and setup this NAS easily.