Drobo Goes The NAS Route

Thursday Jan 17th 2008 by Judy Mottl
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Storage robot device gets a companion that makes sharing stored data easy in the small office environment.

Customer feedback over its inaugural storage device has spurred Data Robotics Inc. to craft a NAS-in-a-box that lets its Drobo users share files over a LAN and gain greater storage capabilities.

DroboShare, which will retail for about $200, is nearly a maternal twin to Drobo and boasts some neat features, including self-monitoring and a clear visual status and alert panel, similar to its sibling.

In a statement, the San Francisco startup said that DroboShare "significantly increases the value and functionality that Drobo brings by providing home or business users with a simple way to share data without the complexity normally associated with NAS or RAID storage systems."

"This is the perfect file sharing device for the small team, whether they’re a group team in a big organization or a small workgroup in a SMB environment," Jillian Mansolf, SVP of sales and marketing, said.

DroboShare’s back panel offers up two USB ports, which lets you connect two Drobos to the network—a combined storage tank of 8TB that can potentially scale to 32TB once larger drives are on the market. There’s also a gigabit Ethernet port, and, like the Drobo, the two-pound NAS works on Windows, Mac and Linux platforms.

New customers are already spouting off about DroboShare and sharing their experiences at the DroboShare Community.

Adapted from Internetnews.com.

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