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Drobo 5D Five-Bay Direct Attached Storage Review - Software Features

Drobo 5D Five-Bay Direct Attached Storage Review
The 5D from Drobo offers always-on data protection within a sleek Thunderbolt DAS. Let's dive in and take a close look at it.
| SOHO NAS/DAS in Storage | Posted: Oct 23, 2013 2:07 am
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: Drobo

Software Features

 

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The Drobo Dashboard controls all facets of the 5D's operation. After launching the application, it will then search for all connected Drobo storage solutions connected.

 

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Setting up a volume through the dashboard is rather simple. Here you can see there are options laid out within a slider and the thought behind this is you select how much storage capacity you would like to have in the foreseeable future.

 

For instance, if you have five 1TB drives in the Drobo, but think you may want to upgrade to 4TB drives in the future, you would select a large volume size such as 16TB, this works similar to Thin Provisioning, where you would only have in reality 5TB of capacity, but you are looking to the future where you will have that 16TB you designed the storage pool around.

 

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The status menu shows you the health of each drive within your storage pool. Additionally, you can see what interface the Drobo in connected through.

 

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Within the capacity menu selection, you can see the layout of the storage volume. Here you can see we have single drive redundancy enabled and is using 950GB for protection.

 

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The tools menu allows you to turn the lights on or off in addition to renaming, formatting or shutting your Drobo down.

 

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On to Drobo settings where you have the option of adding additional drive redundancy by ticking the dual drive redundancy box. You can also enable the drives to spin down to save power.

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