Drobo debuts 'world's first' self-managing USB-C storage array

As devices and computers become smaller and thinner, USB-C will gain more and more traction, and Drobo wants to be ready for the future.
Written by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Senior Contributing Editor
Drobo​ 5C

Drobo 5C

With USB-C gaining traction, Drobo has released the world's first self-managing USB-C storage solution called the 5C.

The Drobo 5C acts as a home for up to five 3.5-inch SATA II/III HDD and SSD storage drives. When you need more storage you either slide a new drive into a free bay, or replace an existing drive with one offering more storage.

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Drobo's award-winning BeyondRAID technology allows the Drobo 5C to protect stored data without any user intervention, even in the event of multiple drive failures. It also only takes a single click to switch from single to dual disk redundancy, ensuring enterprise-level dual parity data protection when required.

In the event of drive failure, Drobo will automatically re-layout the data to return to a protected state without disruption.

"Buying a storage solution can be intimidating," said Mihir Shah, CEO of Drobo. "The Drobo team is laser focused on the customer experience and our users want a solution that is easy to use and manage. The Drobo 5C delivers on our commitment of simplicity coupled with a cost-effective price point and increased storage capacity."

The 5C features USB-C interface and is compatible with PCs and Macs. USB-C means that the Drobo 5C is compatible with both USB 3.0 and USB 2.0.

The Drobo 5C offers an average performance of 250 MB/sec, and is ideal for storing all types of data, including pictures and video.

The Drobo 5C replaces the original Drobo 4-Bay, which was first introduced 9 years ago, and is priced at $349.

Drobo is offering second and third generation Drobo 4 Bay customers a $50 USD discount when they purchase a new Drobo 5C through www.drobostore.com.

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