on Wednesday rolled out its third generation 4-bay direct-attached storage (DAS) box. The latest release is three times faster than the previous model and boasts a handful of new features, such as SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connectivity, significantly faster rebuild times, and enhanced support for Apple's Time Machine.
It also features a lower price -- users can jump in starting at $349 (that's with no drives). Customers who own a first-generation or second-generation Drobo qualify for a customer loyalty discount of $50 when purchased direct from Drobo or through select channel partners (the offer runs through June 9, 2014).
"With the addition of the latest generation of the best-selling Drobo, we are not only continuing with the simplicity that our customers appreciate, we are bringing added value in the form of investment protection to the owners of the previous two generations," said Joe Disher, Senior Director of Product Marketing at Drobo. "No other product in the market allows you to not only increase your drive capacity on the fly, but move drives from a current system and slide them into a newer, faster model without complexity or downtime."
There's a single SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port on the new Drobo. As for the drives on the inside, a corresponding green light on the outer chassis means everything is good, whereas a red light means something is wrong and yellow requires attention. When a drive fills up, you can simply replace it with a bigger capacity model without skipping a beat.
You can pre-order
the new Drobo 4-bay box starting today.