Simplicity and Speed on Your Network
The Next Era of Storage is Here
The latest generation 5 Bay NAS, the Drobo 5N2 delivers an unparalleled user experience for data sharing, secure backup, remote access and disaster recovery solutions. The 5N2 is the fastest, network attached Drobo available to prosumers and provides up to 2x performance boost with an upgraded processor and port bonding option. The 5N2 is built with Drobo’s patented BeyondRAID™ technology to meet the demanding data storage requirements of connected home users, media professionals and small businesses. The expanded functionality includes technology features of Drobo’s enterprise level products, such as DroboDR for disaster recovery backup. By implementing a level of automation usually preserved for more expensive solutions, and still maintaining the award-winning simplicity found in all Drobos, the 5N2 is the easiest to use NAS on the market.
Leave Your Limitations Behind… Go BeyondRAID®
Built on our award-winning BeyondRAID technology, the Drobo 5N2 protects your data without any intervention – even in the event of multiple drive failures. You can even switch from single to dual disk redundancy with a single click, ensuring enterprise-level dual parity data protection when required. Drobo’s with BeyondRAID are also self-healing and have virtual hot-spares. If a drive happens to fail, Drobo will automatically re-layout the data to return to a protected state without disruption.
Drobo takes the up front guess work out of determining the amount of capacity you require. Buy the capacity you need today, and when you need more storage, simply replace your smallest drive with a larger one and immediately use that capacity in seconds. You can even mix and match drive brands, capacities and speeds.
To further enhance your experience, every Drobo comes with Smart Volume technology. Smart Volumes® are thinly provisioned volumes that automatically utilize capacity as needed from a common pool of storage. Additionally, as data is deleted, free capacity is returned to that common pool, immediately increasing the available capacity.
BeyondRAID along with Smart Volumes deliver next-generation storage technology by bringing together enhanced data protection, reliability, expandability, and ease-of-use.
Dual Ethernet Ports: Bond Together, or Failover
The 5N2 has dual Gigabit Ethernet ports. These can be bonded together to provide approximately twice the read/write performance you get via a single port. Or they can be used to provide a connection to two different subnets. Furthermore, they can be used in an “active/passive” mode so that if one port fails the other takes over.
Capacity and Performance
Usually reserved for larger enterprise-class storage solutions, the Drobo 5N2 gives you the option to implement Hot Data Caching through the Drobo Accelerator Bay. This feature intelligently uses high-performance flash to accelerate performance, allowing the fastest possible access to your data.
To keep capacity of your Drobo 5N2 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 5N2 gives you the flexibility to choose!
The myDrobo platform provides end-to-end secure access to services on your Drobo from the public internet, through a user chosen mydrobo.com address. It enables services such as DroboAccess, Koken and WordPress to be accessed remotely in a secure fashion. DroboPix allows secure and automatic uploads of mobile photos and videos.
Other Drobo Apps are embedded applications that extend the capabilities of the Drobo 5N2. Partnering with strategic application vendors and solution providers (e.g. ElephantDrive Resilio Sync & Plex), Drobo now offers enhanced features that augment user data interaction. DroboApps are designed to be simple to install and configure – just like a Drobo! Installation is performed from within Drobo Dashboard, and all applications are fully supported by Drobo and our technology partners.
Drobo Disaster Recovery
With DroboDR you can set up a pair of 5N2s to automatically make an offsite copy of your data. Simple to set up and manage, the reliable DroboDR seamlessly replicates your data to another 5N2 ensuring data availability in case of disaster. Even better, the remote 5N2 stores all user account information so recovery is painless.
Power Protecting Your Critical Data
The Drobo 5N2 doesn’t just protect from drive failures, it also includes a battery backup system that protects all data in memory or cache. That’s right, Enterprise grade data protection for you on your Drobo 5N2! If power spontaneously goes away, the Drobo stays alive long enough for the data to be written to disk, ensuring your important information is always safe. The onboard battery recharges itself and is designed to last for the life of the product.
Our world-class DroboCare support offers powerful protection for all Drobo products. Whether you depend on Drobo for your photo collection or critical business data, our trained professionals are available around the clock to help. In addition to extending technical phone support, DroboCare offers a wide array of benefits over our standard warranty including migration assistance, expedited hardware and rescue kits to ensure you get everything you need, when you need it.
2 x Gigabit Ethernet ports
Drives and Expansion
Up to five (5) 3.5″ SATA II/III hard disk drives or solid state drives (sold separately).
One (1) mSATA solid state drive in the Drobo Accelerator Bay for increased performance (sold separately).
Drives of any manufacturer, 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 Capacity Calculator to estimate available storage in various configurations.
Mixed Drive Size Utilization
Automatic Protection Levels
Single – or Dual-Disk Redundancy
Virtual Hot Spare
64TB filesystem support
Drive bay indicator lights, capacity gauge, status lights
Drobo Dashboard version 2.6 or later
Operating System Support
Apple® macOS X 10.10 and higher
Microsoft® Windows® 10
Microsoft® Windows® 8
Microsoft® Windows® 7
Common Internet File System (CIFS) / Server Message Block (SMB)
Apple Filing Protocol (AFP)
Carrier-less Drive Bays
Power Fail Protection
Kensington Lock Port for Security (lock not included)
Additional Software Features
Hot Data Caching
Maximum System Capacity: 64TB
Drive Spin Down
OS X Time Machine Support
OS X / macOS Time Machine Support
Two (2) year warranty
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 (3.9 kg) without hard drives, power supply, or packaging
Power and Cooling
External Power Supply:
AC Input – 100-240VAC~2A, 50-60Hz
DC Output – 12V, 7A, 84W
Dual, fixed, variable speed cooling fans
Acoustics – Normal Operation:
Operating Temperature: 10°C – 35°C (50° – 95°F)
Non-Operating Temperature (storage): -10° – 60°C (14° – 140°F)
Operating Humidity: 5% – 80%
2x 6 ft (1.8 m) Ethernet cables
6 ft (1.8 m) power cord with power supply
Quick Start Card
– Up to five (5) 3.5”SATA II/III hard disk drives or solid
state drives (sold separately).
– One (1) mSATA solid state drive (DS918+ has new technology M.2) in the Drobo
Accelerator Bay for increased performance (sold
– Drives of any manufacturer, capacity, spindle speed
and/or cache can be used. No carriers or tools
– Expandable by adding drives or hot-swapping drives
with larger ones.
| Stock code || IB-D5N2|
| Brand || Drobo|
| Series || Drobo 5N2|
| Model || DRDS5A31|
| Type || 5-Bay RAID Enclosure for SATA HD; Dual Gigabit Ethernet|
| ROHS || Y|
| Date added || 21/03/2017|
DRDS5A31 Spec Information
| Form Factor / Drive Height || 150 x 185 x 262 mm|
| Platter size || 3.5"|
| RAM/Cache || 2GB|
| Guarantee || 2yr|
| Processor || Marvell Armada XP Quad Core 1.6 GHz|
| Total Drives || 5|
| RAID || 5:6:|
| RAID Levels || Drobo BeyondRAID|
DRDS5A31 Spec Connections
|SATA||SATA 7-pin Discrete with Power||Internal||5|
|SATA||mSATA (mini SATA)||Internal||1|
| Speed/RPM || SATA 6Gb/s to Gigabit Ethernet|
| Colour || Black|
| Weight (kg) || 6.4kg|
| Weight (bare) || 3.9kg|
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