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Drobo 5N
The Faster, Easier Drobo for Your Network
The Drobo 5N was designed with one purpose in mind: to deliver the best ever experience sharing storage and accessing data. From the moment you plug it in and it is instantly accessible on your network, you'll know there's nothing like it. The Drobo 5N is perfect for any connected home, home office, or small office environment needing a simple, safe device for sharing and backing up data over the network.
Not only is Drobo 5N fast, but it's easy-to-use, expandable, flexible, and protected—exactly what's expected from a Drobo. You can safely store and edit photos, videos, and audio files as well as store and back up all the computers on your network.

Data Protection and Expandability Made Simple Built on award-winning BeyondRAID technology with single- or dual-drive redundancy, Drobo 5N protects your data without any user interaction, even in the event of multiple drive failures.
Drives can be added or hot-swapped on-the-fly for storage expansion with zero downtime. If you're running low on space, the lights on the front tell you what to do. Just add a drive in an empty bay or remove a smaller drive and replace it with a larger one.
High-Speed Connectivity The Drobo 5N is equipped with a single Gigabit Ethernet port for network connectivity and connects directly to your network to make sharing your data easy. Just plug it into any switch or wireless router and you're ready to go. You can even connect the Drobo 5N directly to the Ethernet port on your computer without having to configure any settings.
Capacity AND Performance Data-Aware Tiering technology, usually reserved for business-class storage solutions, is also available in this networked Drobo. It intelligently uses the high-performance SSDs to accelerate performance of the storage array, allowing applications such as Adobe Lightroom and Apple iPhoto or iTunes fast access to data. To keep capacity of the Drobo at a maximum, the Drobo Accelerator Bay accepts an industry-standard mSATA SSD, leaving all five 3.5" drives bays available for high-capacity HDDs.
If getting the fastest performance possible is your thing, you can also load up every drive bay with SSDs. Drobo gives you the flexibility to choose.
Power Protecting Your Critical Data Drobo doesn't just protect you from a drive failure, but also from potential data loss after a power outage. Often found only in arrays that cost tens of thousands of dollars, Drobo 5N includes a battery that protects all data in memory, or cache, that is, data on its way to the drives.
When power spontaneously goes away, the battery keeps the Drobo alive long enough for the data to be written to non-volatile storage, ensuring your important information is safe. This battery recharges itself and is designed to last for the life of the product. Designed for You
Drobo devices have always been space efficient and the Drobo 5N is no exception. It was designed from the ground up to provide very high capacity without taking up a lot of your valuable desk space. It is compact because of Drobo's unique carrierless drive-bay design, allowing drives to be installed very close to each other.
Drobo 5N is also significantly quieter than previous-generation Drobos due to its tuned, large, variable-speed cooling fan. You can even configure Drobo to spin down drives when they're not in use to further reduce noise and save energy.

Connectivity
1 x Gigabit Ethernet port
6 ft Ethernet cable provided
Capacity
Up to five (5) 3.5" SATA II / III hard disk drives or solid state drives (sold separately)
and one (1) mSATA solid state drive
Drives of mixed capacity, spindle speed, and/or cache can be used. No carriers or tools required. Click here for drive recommendations
Expandable by adding drives or hot-swapping drives with larger ones. Use the 5-bay Capacity Calculator to estimate available storage in various configurations
BeyondRAID Features
Thin Provisioning
Instant Expansion
Mixed Drive Size Utilization
Automatic Protection Levels
Dual Disk Redundancy
Virtual Hot Spare
Data Aware
Drive Re-ordering
Management
Drive bay indicator lights, capacity gauge, status lights
Drobo Dashboard version 2.4 or later
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
Network Protocols
Common Internet File System (CIFS) / Server Message Block (SMB) /li>
Apple Filing Protocol (AFP)
Hardware Features
Carrier-less Drive Bays
Power Fail Protection
Kensington Lock Port for Security (lock not included)
Additional Software Features
Data-Aware Tiering
OS X Time Machine Support
Drive Spin Down
Dim Lights
Warranty
Standard 2-year warranty; extend to 3 years and enhance support with DroboCare
Size and Weight
Desktop Form Factor
Width: 5.9 in (150.3 mm)
Height: 7.3 in (185.4 mm)
Depth: 10.3 in (262.3 mm)
Weight: 8.5 lb (without hard drives, power supply, or packaging)
Power and Cooling
External Power Supply: AC Input – 100-240VAC~2A, 50-60Hz; DC Output – 12V, 12.5A, 150W max
Single, fixed, variable speed cooling fan
Box Contents
Drobo 5N
6 ft (1.8 m) Ethernet cable
6 ft (1.8 m) power cord with power supply
Quick Start Card
Specifications
Specifications

General

Stock code IB-D5N
Brand Drobo
Series Drobo 5N
Model DRDS4A31
Type 5-Bay RAID Enclosure for SATA HD; Gigabit Ethernet
ROHS Y
Date added 13/12/2012

DRDS4A31 Spec Information

Form Factor / Drive Height 150 x 185 x 262 mm
Platter size 3.5"
Guarantee 2yr
Total Drives 5
RAID 5:6:
RAID Levels Drobo BeyondRAID

DRDS4A31 Spec Connections

sub- connectionI/EQuantity
LANLANExternal1
SATASATA 7-pin Discrete with PowerInternal5

Software

DRDS4A31 Speed

Speed/RPM SATA 6Gb/s to Gigabit Ethernet (1,00rpm

Physical

Colour Black
Weight (kg) 6.4kg
Weight (bare) 3.9kg
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Drobo Drobo 5N DRDS4A31 5-Bay RAID Enclosure for SATA HD; Gigabit Ethernet


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7.5

OVERALL

DESIGN rating score 9.00

FEATURES rating score 7.00

PERFORMANCE rating score 7.00

VALUE FOR MONEY
rating score 7.00
  PROS
designAn unquestioningly modern design. A particularly impressive achievement, given the design has not changed in over a decade in the Drobo range. However it is hard to imagine this sleek, compact, modern and quiet chassis will not fit in any modern home or office - both Mac or Windows based.
featuresOn look at the specs will tell you that this is not a POWER-NAS device. But in most respects it isn;t designed to be. This is a two to three tasks at a time kind of device. It is not made with room for tinkering. If you have most of the day to day tasks of a photo or video editor in mind, as well as housing and distributing your work in the most efficient and easy manner - the Drobo 5N could well e the device for you. Likewise this unit is industry recommended for Apple Time Machine and popular editing suite applications for editing raw footage. This coupled with features and funcitons like standard RAID protection and the BeyondRAID technology to mix and match any SATA drive regardless of speed, brand, size or model, means that there are more than enough features to support your existing office or home network.
performancePowered by Marvell Armada XP MV78460 quad-core @ 1.2 GHz CPU and 1 GB DDR3 RAM, the Drobo 5N doesn't arrive with the sort of specs that will intimidate the guys at Synology and QNAP. However for it's intended purpose, the Drobo Network RAID enclosure doesn't need an all powerful x86 CPU like an Atom or a Celeron. Remember that this device is Mac target led and not for generalised use. Yes, it can be uses for straight forward DLNA support, a Plex Media Server and as a network destination for popular programs to house their data. However it is also the optimal device for things like a network Attached image backup with Apple Time Machine and Mac based editing suites. If you work in a solid, Mac OS based environment, I recommend this device to suit your needs.
valueIf you need a network attached solution that is reliable, practical, dependable, sensible and lots of other words that end in 'ible' - Then the Drobo 5N is certainly the NAS for you. What is apparently lacks in hardware innovation, it gains in being a no fuss, stable and incredibly reliable piece of kit. It is not designed with change in mind, but more to provide a solid network based RAID solution with as little interaction on a technical level required. Additionally with a lower power consumption and noise output that most NAS devices, it is certainly the NAS choice for those that want a more secluded and hidden piece of hardware in their IT environment.

  CONS
designIf you like your hardware devices in any other colour than black (maybe you are a content creator and have lots of silver or white around you) then you may find the design of this device rather obtrusive.
featuresBecause this device has been designed with certain applications in mind, the result is that it
performanceThe Drobo 5N leaves little room to grow and evolve your NAS applications. You cannot upgrade the memory, the app centre has fewer apps than the likes of Synology NAS and QNAP NAS, and finally the device's hardware, though modest and specific application targeted, is not going to give you the sort of horsepower designed for transcoding, Virtualisation and higher end graphic creation.
valueSadly those who want a NAS Server witha little bite in terms of hardware, applications and expand-ability will find the Drobo 5N a very limiting experience and therefore it is not recommended to buy the Drobo 5N NAS if you like to tinker with your technology. In that case, perhaps consider the QNAP TS-253A and the Synology DS716+ NAS.

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Drobo 5N
The Faster, Easier Drobo for Your Network
The Drobo 5N was designed with one purpose in mind: to deliver the best ever experience sharing storage and accessing data. From the moment you plug it in and it is instantly accessible on your network, you'll know there's nothing like it. The Drobo 5N is perfect for any connected home, home office, or small office environment needing a simple, safe device for sharing and backing up data over the network.
Not only is Drobo 5N fast, but it's easy-to-use, expandable, flexible, and protected—exactly what's expected from a Drobo. You can safely store and edit photos, videos, and audio files as well as store and back up all the computers on your network.

Data Protection and Expandability Made Simple

Built on award-winning BeyondRAID technology with single- or dual-drive redundancy, Drobo 5N protects your data without any user interaction, even in the event of multiple drive failures.
Drives can be added or hot-swapped on-the-fly for storage expansion with zero downtime. If you're running low on space, the lights on the front tell you what to do. Just add a drive in an empty bay or remove a smaller drive and replace it with a larger one.
High-Speed Connectivity

The Drobo 5N is equipped with a single Gigabit Ethernet port for network connectivity and connects directly to your network to make sharing your data easy. Just plug it into any switch or wireless router and you're ready to go. You can even connect the Drobo 5N directly to the Ethernet port on your computer without having to configure any settings.
Capacity AND Performance

Data-Aware Tiering technology, usually reserved for business-class storage solutions, is also available in this networked Drobo. It intelligently uses the high-performance SSDs to accelerate performance of the storage array, allowing applications such as Adobe Lightroom and Apple iPhoto or iTunes fast access to data. To keep capacity of the Drobo at a maximum, the Drobo Accelerator Bay accepts an industry-standard mSATA SSD, leaving all five 3.5" drives bays available for high-capacity HDDs.
If getting the fastest performance possible is your thing, you can also load up every drive bay with SSDs. Drobo gives you the flexibility to choose.
Power Protecting Your Critical Data

Drobo doesn't just protect you from a drive failure, but also from potential data loss after a power outage. Often found only in arrays that cost tens of thousands of dollars, Drobo 5N includes a battery that protects all data in memory, or cache, that is, data on its way to the drives.
When power spontaneously goes away, the battery keeps the Drobo alive long enough for the data to be written to non-volatile storage, ensuring your important information is safe. This battery recharges itself and is designed to last for the life of the product.

Designed for You
Drobo devices have always been space efficient and the Drobo 5N is no exception. It was designed from the ground up to provide very high capacity without taking up a lot of your valuable desk space. It is compact because of Drobo's unique carrierless drive-bay design, allowing drives to be installed very close to each other.
Drobo 5N is also significantly quieter than previous-generation Drobos due to its tuned, large, variable-speed cooling fan. You can even configure Drobo to spin down drives when they're not in use to further reduce noise and save energy.

Connectivity
1 x Gigabit Ethernet port
6 ft Ethernet cable provided
Capacity
Up to five (5) 3.5" SATA II / III hard disk drives or solid state drives (sold separately)
and one (1) mSATA solid state drive
Drives of mixed capacity, spindle speed, and/or cache can be used. No carriers or tools required. Click here for drive recommendations
Expandable by adding drives or hot-swapping drives with larger ones. Use the 5-bay Capacity Calculator to estimate available storage in various configurations
BeyondRAID Features
Thin Provisioning
Instant Expansion
Mixed Drive Size Utilization
Automatic Protection Levels
Dual Disk Redundancy
Virtual Hot Spare
Data Aware
Drive Re-ordering
Management
Drive bay indicator lights, capacity gauge, status lights
Drobo Dashboard version 2.4 or later
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
Network Protocols
Common Internet File System (CIFS) / Server Message Block (SMB) /li>
Apple Filing Protocol (AFP)
Hardware Features
Carrier-less Drive Bays
Power Fail Protection
Kensington Lock Port for Security (lock not included)
Additional Software Features
Data-Aware Tiering
OS X Time Machine Support
Drive Spin Down
Dim Lights
Warranty
Standard 2-year warranty; extend to 3 years and enhance support with DroboCare
Size and Weight
Desktop Form Factor
Width: 5.9 in (150.3 mm)
Height: 7.3 in (185.4 mm)
Depth: 10.3 in (262.3 mm)
Weight: 8.5 lb (without hard drives, power supply, or packaging)
Power and Cooling
External Power Supply: AC Input – 100-240VAC~2A, 50-60Hz; DC Output – 12V, 12.5A, 150W max
Single, fixed, variable speed cooling fan
Box Contents
Drobo 5N
6 ft (1.8 m) Ethernet cable
6 ft (1.8 m) power cord with power supply
Quick Start Card

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Specifications

General

Stock code IB-D5N
Brand Drobo
Series Drobo 5N
Model DRDS4A31
Type 5-Bay RAID Enclosure for SATA HD; Gigabit Ethernet
ROHS Y
Date added 13/12/2012

DRDS4A31 Spec Information

Form Factor / Drive Height 150 x 185 x 262 mm
Platter size 3.5"
Guarantee 2yr
Total Drives 5
RAID 5:6:
RAID Levels Drobo BeyondRAID

DRDS4A31 Spec Connections

sub- connectionI/EQuantity
LANLANExternal1
SATASATA 7-pin Discrete with PowerInternal5

Software

DRDS4A31 Speed

Speed/RPM SATA 6Gb/s to Gigabit Ethernet (1,00rpm

Physical

Colour Black
Weight (kg) 6.4kg
Weight (bare) 3.9kg
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07/03/2013 | | GB Flag |
I found this fantastically easy to set up and configure. The only reason it misses top marks is that it is rather slow at times.
Hi Duncan,

Thank you for your opinion, once the BeyondRAID is set and all checks are performed you would see a speed increase as well. Usually that takes some time before is completely ready to use.


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