Connected Data has released its latest 4-bay Drobo Storage System with new features such as USB 3.0, faster rebuild times, and enhanced support for Apple’s Time Machine. The company also introduced a customer loyalty discount program of $50 USD off for all first and second-generation Drobo customers.
This third generation Drobo offers a completely new architecture, with three times faster performance than the previous generation, and an additional battery back up provides protection in case of a power outage.
If a drive fails, Drobo automatically protects data without user intervention. In addition, users can purchase the capacity needed to increase space by adding additional disk drives, or by swapping smaller disks with larger ones later. Drobo also protects against one or two simultaneous drive failures with just one click.
The third generation Drobo is built upon BeyondRAID technology. BeyondRAID is the foundation that allows first and second generation Drobo customers to upgrade to a new Drobo by removing the disk pack from their current Drobo, and moving it to their new one.
Time Machine Support
Apple’s Time Machine will consume all of the capacity of an external storage system without a simple way to set specific capacity limits. Drobo has released an integrated feature that allows users to allocate a specific amount of capacity to be dedicated for Time Machine backups that preserves the maximum space available for data storage.
Customer Loyalty Program, Pricing, and Availability
Connected Data is offering first and second generation Drobo customers a $50 USD discount when they purchase a new Drobo through June 9, 2014. MSRP for the new Drobo Gen3 is $349 USD. Pre-orders are being accepted at www.drobostore.com, and through select channel partners. Shipments are scheduled to begin in late April.