This is a potentially interesting development for those contemplating how to back up BMC files safely in the field.
DROBO are well known already for they home and business level NAS storage systems. I have a Drobo FS at home and have stored all my legacy files, photos and showreel quick times on it. It’s not particularly fast and it is a little quirky, but I do like how simple it is to setup and use.
The Drobo FS has 5 bays and only has Ethernet connectivity. I’ve had one drive fail over the last 2 years and it was as simple as putting in another drive. I originally had 5 2TB drives in there, and when I had the failure I replaced it with a single 3TB drive. The nice thing is that with the Drobo you can mix the population of the drives. This is quite different to other RAID’s where you generally have to have each drive be the same size.
And if you have a failure, then you have to rebuild the entire RAID. That means you have to UNLOAD everything that’s on the RAID to something else while you make repairs. I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t have another 10TB of storage just hanging around when my RAID fails !
So I like Drobo for this reason. And now they’ve released a 4 bay Drobo that is designed to work with SSD’s and has a thunderbolt connector. That means it should be really fast and for the BMC in the filed, we’re going to need to look at these kinds of storage options.
No pricing or even availability yet, but I think they’ll sell well with BMC owners.
Have a look here for more info.