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Data Robotics rolls out self-healing iSCSI SAN for SMBs



Posted by: Beth Pariseau
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Data Robotics, the brainchild of BlueArc founder Geoff Barrall, takes another step in moving from the consumer into the SMB networked storage space today with a self-healing iSCSI SAN that allows shared access among multiple hosts.

The Drobo Elite is the third model in the Drobo product portfolio, following the Drobo NAS box and DroboPro iSCSI appliance.

Drobo Elite connects up to 16 hosts — an update which includes new software to accomodate LUN masking and reservations as well as a second Gigabit Ethernet port– and inclcudes CHAP authentication for data security. The self-healing features, which Data Robotics calls BeyondRAID, remain the same.

A 16 TB DroboElite with 7200 RPM Western Digital SATA drives will be list priced under $6,000, Data Robotics director of marketing Jim Sherhart said. The company’s VARs may bundle Microsoft Small Business Server or VMware licenses in with the new box.

While Drobo’s self-healing features have won it fans in the consumer market, pushing into the low-end iSCSI SAN space will be a tougher row to hoe. DroboElite lacks features that have competitors offer, including native snapshots or replication, multiprotocol support, and connections to social networking services.

Sherhart says the eight-bay DroboPro will remain on the market for use as direct attached storage for SMBs.

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