Over the years, I have had a few Drobo products come through. Most recently we looked at the 5C, the latest DAS from Drobo. Today, we switch gears over to the network storage market and look at the latest NAS appliance, the 5N2.
The 5N2 is the latest generation of network appliance from Drobo. At first glance, this solution looks exactly like any other tower appliance from Drobo and even digging in, the entire enclosure, apart from the rear I/O, is nearly identical to the 5D, 5C, and 5N. The Drobo design which they have held onto throughout the years is iconic of the brand.
One of the largest features of Drobo is BeyondRAID, leveraging this you can mix and match drive sizes and perform on-the-fly drive swaps if you want to increase capacity or if you have the misfortune of having a drive fail. Over the years, Drobo has added to the feature list now offering apps through the myDrobo platform and backup via Time Machine and Windows Backup. Remote Replication is handled via Drobo Sync.
Specifications for the Drobo 5N2 start off with connectivity via its 2x Gigabit Ethernet ports. Drives are handled via the five tool-free bays on the front of the unit. Supported solutions include 3.5" SATA II and III HDDs and SSDs. On the bottom of the unit, you will find an mSATA slot used for caching. The 5N2 supports CIFS, SMB, and AFP for data access with power fail protection and a Kensington lock port for security.
System support includes OS X 10.10 and above along with Windows 7 and up. The MSRP of the Drobo 5N2 comes in at $499.99 with a two-year warranty.
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