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Acer America Corp. is a computer manufacturer of business and consumer PCs, notebooks, ultrabooks, projectors, servers, and storage products.


333 West San Carlos Street
San Jose, California 95110
United States


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March 17, 2015 |

Drobo Boosts Capacity and Performance of B1200i Hybrid Storage System

The computer data storage company introduces its largest, most powerful hybrid storage array for SMBs.

Drobo, a developer of smart storage arrays for businesses and professionals, has unveiled new capacity and performance enhancements to its B1200i hybrid storage system designed for small-and medium-sized businesses. The Drobo B1200i features standard and hybrid storage configurations that automatically tier data between traditional hard drives and solid state drives. It is an ideal way, says Drobo, to simplify and consolidate both physical and virtual storage within a single array, with “on-demand” capabilities to scale capacity and performance, in order to support key initiatives such as private cloud computing.

Major enhancements to the B1200i include:

  • BeyondRAID performance boost up to 800 percent: High-workload tasks now run in parallel resulting in improved performance
  • Storage Pools grow 400 percent to 128TB: Larger storage pools can now take full advantage of high-capacity drives including Seagate 6TB Enterprise Capacity SATA drives
  • Volumes increase 400 percent to 64TB: Previously limited to 16TB, B1200i volumes can now go as large as 64TB on supported platforms (Windows, Mac, and VMware)
  • Smart Volumes management technology with Thin Provisioning: Allows the creation of up to 255 volumes per B1200i appliance. Drobo Smart Volumes pull storage from a common pool of disks rather than silos of physical disks
  • Certified for VMware vSphere ESXi Hypervisor 5.5: This bare-metal hypervisor installs directly on a physical server while transparently using Drobo storage

“These enhancements easily make the B1200i the most expandable and highest performing Drobo in history. Our highly scalable, centralized storage system coupled with our innovative data tiering provides business users with impressive workload throughput for transaction-based applications,” says Tony Hampel, senior director of product marketing, Drobo. “When configured with Seagate Enterprise Capacity SATA drives, users will have a high capacity, reliable, and intelligent hybrid storage array that seamlessly integrates into any organization’s network and application infrastructure.” †


  • Drobo B1200i with 72TB HDD: MSRP $13,799
  • Drobo B1200i Hybrid with 48TB HDD and 720GB SSD: MSRP $12,599
  • Drobo B1200i Hybrid with 36TB HDD and 720GB SSD: MSRP $8,499
  • Drobo B1200i with no disks: MSRP $3,999

These new Drobo B1200i configurations are now available from authorized partners.

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