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Drobo S Increases Speed With USB 3.0

David Gilbert


Drobo S Increases Speed With USB 3.0

Data Robotics, more commonly known as Drobo, announced the latest iteration in its Drobo storage robot series, called the Drobo S - a complete revelation compared to the name of its last product which was called the.......Drobo S. Maybe, for clarity, it should look at its nomenclature system.

Anyhow, the new Drobo S system claims to provide industry firsts by using USB 3.0 technology. The Drobo S supports multiple storage volumes and capacity of up to 32TB and beyond. The accelerated performance of the Drobo S is up to 10X faster than existing USB 2.0 solutions. However the new Drobo S is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0, as well as continuing to support FireWire 800 and eSATA.

"Today's announcements will serve to further accelerate what our customers and partners fondly call the 'Drobo invasion,'" said Tom Buiocchi, Drobo CEO. "Our quest to provide the best storage experience just progressed significantly with today's new product advancements." Quest? Drobo invasion? Sounds to us like Buiocchi is planning on taking over the world.

In a more straight-forward statement, senior analyst Mark Peters said: "By specifically engineering the Drobo S to incorporate USB 3.0, Drobo has been able to optimise performance and ease-of-use, both of which being characteristics that such businesses will appreciate." The company also announced the immediate availability of Drobo Sync, its remote backup for small and medium-sized businesses, which is available free-of-charge with the company's new DroboPro FS system.

The new Drobo S is available at a starting price of £509 with multiple configurations up to £1,149 for a 10TB bundle. Drobo Sync is included for free with the purchase of any new DroboPro FS and is available as a free software upgrade to existing DroboPro FS customers. The DroboPro FS is available at a starting price of £1,279 (All prices are ex VAT).

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