Drobo Continues to Launch "The Future of Storage" With New

Drobo Continues to Launch "The Future of Storage" With New Networked
Drobo 5N 
More Speed, Greater Data Protection, and Seamless SSD Support Build
on Drobo's Ease-of-Use and Flexibility 
SAN JOSE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 12/13/12 --  Drobo, maker of
award-winning data storage products for businesses and professionals,
today announced the Drobo 5N, the latest in their new lineup of
ultra-modern, high-performance storage systems. The Drobo 5N, a
sophisticated, network-attached storage (NAS) device, extends Drobo's
traditional ease-of-use with increased performance and data
protection enhancements for personal and professional users who want
a fast, easy, and ultra-reliable file sharing and backup experience
over the network. Like the recently introduced Drobo Mini and Drobo
5D, the new Drobo 5N features Drobo's patented BeyondRAID(TM) and
Data-Aware Tiering technologies, to deliver capacity, performance,
and data protection that have traditionally been reserved for more
expensive, enterprise-grade storage.  
"Drobo is the future of storage," stated Robin Harris, chief analyst
at StorageMojo.com. "I've said it a number of times in public forums
-- the new Drobo products are automated, fast, affordable, and
artfully meld both hard drive and SSD technology to deliver a great
capacity/performance value proposition. Drobo has once again advanced
the state-of-the-art in storage." 
Driving a New Era of Performance and Data Protection
 The new Drobo
5N, like all Drobos, employs BeyondRAID technology, which automates
sophisticated data protection and capacity expansion operations so
that even users who aren't storage experts can enjoy the
peace-of-mind that comes with knowing that their data is
automatically protected.  
In addition, the Drobo 5N, much like its sibling Thunderbolt-powered
solutions the Drobo Mini and 5D, utilizes Drobo's Data-Aware Tiering
capability, which intelligently uses high-performance flash (SSD)
technology to accelerate performance of the storage array, allowing
applications such as Adobe Lightroom and Apple iPhoto or iTunes fast
access to data. This unique solution maintains traditional Drobo
ease-of-use in that the configuration, provisioning, and performance
optimization of the hybrid storage is completely automated. Now even
novices can enjoy benefits traditionally reserved only for
storage experts with enterprise-grade systems.  
Drobo extends its data protection in the Drobo 5N with a new feature
that protects user data in the event of an unforeseen power failure
or interruption. Like all advanced Drobo innovations, this new data
protection feature is fully automated, so all users can enjoy the
data safety benefits traditionally reserved for large enterprise
customers, and previously unattainable in this price category.  
Flexible for a Myriad of Uses
 Like all Drobo storage arrays, the
Drobo 5N networked storage is extremely easy to set up on the
network. The Drobo 5N supports both Mac and Windows systems and can
be used in a wide variety of use cases, such as: 

--  Centralized backup for multiple systems on the network, including very
    intuitive, native support for Apple Time Machine on Mac OS computers.
--  Data sharing for both Windows and Mac OS systems across the network.
--  As an easy and powerful upgrade to existing customers of the Drobo FS
    network-attached storage solution. Drobo FS customers can quickly
    upgrade to the new Drobo 5N simply by removing their disk drives from
    the FS and inserting them into a new 5N. Step-by-step instructions may
    be found at http://www.drobo.com/products/migrations.

Specs, Pricing, Availability -- and Live Demos
 The Drobo 5N is easy,
affordable, and provides a superior user experience with innovative
capabilities that professionals require and typically find only in
products at a much higher cost.  

--  Drobo BeyondRAID, which provides thin provisioning, instant expansion,
    mixed drive size flexibilty, automatic protection levels, dual-disk
    redundancy, virtual hot spare, and drive reordering.
--  Drobo automated Data-Aware Tiering, which automatically configures and
    utilizes both hard drives and SSD technology.
--  Five storage bays, each of which can hold one standard 3.5 inch SATA
    hard disk drive or solid state drive; and one mSATA solid state drive
    in the Drobo Accelerator Bay for increased performance.
--  Maximum capacity 20 Terabytes (TB) when configured with 4 TB drives,
    resulting in 16TB of protected storage.
--  One Gigabit Ethernet port.
--  Support of Mac OS X 10.7.x Lion, Mac OS X 10.8.x Mountain Lion,
    Windows 7 SP1 32 and 64 bit, Windows 8 32 and 64 bit operating
--  Support of Common Internet File System (CIFS) / Server Message Block
    (SMB) and Apple Filing Protocol (AFP).
--  The Drobo 5N, like the Drobo 5D and Mini, includes a new 2-year
    standard warranty.

Pricing starts at $599 MSRP, and the new Drobo 5N is available from
leading online stores, direct marketers, and resellers worldwide.
Visit http://www.drobo.com/products/professionals/drobo-5n/index.php
to learn more about the new products and to sign up for a live online
demo with Drobo experts.  
About Drobo
 Drobo makes award-winning data storage products that
provide an unprecedented combination of sophisticated data protection
and management features, affordable capacity, and ease-of-use. Based
on the patented and proven BeyondRAID(TM) technology, Drobo's ability
to deliver "Big Storage in a Small Box" creates the best storage
experience ever for hundreds of thousands of small and medium
businesses and individual professionals worldwide, who use it to
support their file backup and media archiving, server virtualization
and email application needs. To learn more, visit www.drobo.com or
follow us on Twitter @drobo.  
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Media Contact: 
Michelle Reingold
Trainer Communications for Drobo
(925) 271-8214
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