Drobo adds network storage for small businesses

Pricing for the NAS device, which uses both hard disks and solid state drives, starts at $599.


Small-business storage company Drobo is adding a network-attached storage (NAS) offering to its growing line of high-performance systems.

The company's big pitch for Drobo 5N (and its other products) is simplicity of set-up and management for small companies that don't necessarily have lots of IT support resources.

Its latest offering includes an automated data protection feature so that if the power suddenly goes out for some reason, the data can be recovered more quickly.

Drobo 5N makes use of both hard disks and solid state drives, so that data can be tiered. It supports both Macintosh and Windows systems, and is meant for applications such as centralized backup or data sharing for multiple computers across a small-business network.

The product has one Gigabit Ethernet port and five storage bays that each can hold one 3.5-inch SATA hard drive or SSD. It also comes with an mSATA SSD to help accelerate performance. 

Pricing for the product starts at $599; it comes with a two-year standard warranty.

For more on Drobo's storage products for small and midsize businesses, check out ZDNet's recent review, "Drobo mini for video on the go."