Connected Data today launched its Drobo Mini with Solid State Disk (SSD) drives delivering as much as 80% more performance compared to a Mini configured with traditional spinning hard drives. The Drobo Mini is the first portable, rugged and expandable SSD solution ideal for filmmakers, photographers and creative professionals who need to capture and protect data while on location, and safely transport footage and photos back to the studio for post-production. Here's more info on the Drobo Mini:
The Drobo Mini connects via Thunderbolt or USB 3.0 and features four 2.5" SSD drive bays with an mSATA accelerator option in a package that is rugged, compact and portable, weighing less than three pounds. Like all Drobo products, Drobo Mini protects data without user intervention, even in the event of multiple SSD drive failures. If a drive does fail, Drobo Mini automatically repairs itself and returns to a protected state while providing full access to data without performance being affected. Additional security is provided with battery backup that protects against data loss in the event of a sudden power outage ensuring that all data in flight is protected until power is restored.
Using a Drobo Mini all flash array creative professionals can start with the capacity they need today and increase it by adding a new drive or replacing a smaller drive with a larger one.
Even short films and documentaries require shooting large volumes of raw footage which must be backed-up and secured. Footage lost due to a faulty media card or hard drive failure would create unacceptable production delays and cause projects to go over budget and past deadlines.
Drobo Mini specs:
Connectivity: 2 x Thunderbolt ports; second port for daisy chaining Thunderbolt devices (Mac OS X only) 1 x USB 3.0 port
Drives and Expansion: Up to four (4) 2.5 SATA I/II/III hard disk drives or solid state drives - 7 mm and 9.5 mm in height (sold separately). One (1) mSATA solid state drive in the Drobo Accelerator Bay for increased performance (sold separately). Drives of any manufacturer, capacity, spindle speed, and/or cache can be used. No carriers or tools required. Expandable by adding drives or hot-swapping drives with larger ones. Use the Capacity Calculator to estimate available storage in various configurations.
BeyondRAID Features: Thin Provisioning Instant Expansion Mixed Drive Size Utilization Automatic Protection Levels Single - or Dual-Disk Redundancy Virtual Hot Spare Data Aware Drive Re-ordering
Management: Drive bay indicator lights, capacity gauge, status lights Drobo Dashboard version 2.3 or later
Operating System Support: Mac OS X 10.7 and higher Windows 8/8.1 32 and 64 bit Windows 7 32 and 64 bit
File System Options: Mac OS X: HFS+ Windows: NTFS
Hardware Features: Carrier-less Drive Bays Power Fail Protection Kensington Lock Port for Security (lock not included)
Additional Software Features: Hot Data Caching Drive Spin Down Dim Lights OS X Time Machine Support
Warranty One (1) year warranty in the US or outside the EU or two (2) year warranty in the EU.
Size and Weight Desktop Form Factor Width: 7.3 in (187.2 mm) Height: 1.8 in (44.6 mm) Depth: 7.1 in (180.0 mm) Weight: 2.2 lb (1 kg) without hard drives, power supply, or packaging
External Power Supply: AC Input - 100-240VAC~2A, 50-60Hz DC Output - 12V, 4.16A, 50W max
Cooling: Dual, fixed, variable speed cooling fans
Box Contents: Drobo Mini 3.3 ft (1 m) USB 3.0 cable 7.5 ft (2.2 m) power cord with power supply Quick Start Card
Optional Accessories: Drobo Mini Carrying Case
Pricing and Availability
The Drobo Mini with SSD is available today in three capacity bundles of 1TB, 2TB and 4TB starting at an MSRP of $1,199 through www.drobostore.com and select channel partners.