Drobo Refreshes B1200i Enterprise Intelligent Storage Device, Taps SSD + HDD Combo

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Drobo's intelligent storage has made something of a name for itself, and the company's B1200i is getting even better. The company just announced that the refreshed B1200i boosts performance by up to 300 percent over previous versions of the product, fueled by Drobo’s patent-pending automated data-tiering software and the unique hybrid use of solid state technology alongside traditional hard disk drives (SAS or SATA). The B1200i SSD is marketed as primary storage for up to 250 users or as Tier 2 storage and backup for departments in larger organizations. Existing B1200i customers can upgrade to the new performance and functionality via a free software download at http://www.drobo.com/support/updates.php.

The ability of the B1200i SSD to automatically utilize a small number of SSDs alongside hard disk drives (HDDs) allows customers to enjoy the best of both storage worlds – the capacity of hard drives and the performance of SSD technology. Furthermore, the Drobo B1200i SSD has attained VMware Ready status with vSphere 5.0 certification, and cloud backup with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and others is also supported.

Naturally, this applies mostly to enterprise users, but it's usually not long before these high-end features trickle down to Drobo's consumer-friendly offerings.
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Nice combo

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KAdair replied on Sun, Aug 26 2012 2:59 AM

Niceee. Working SSD's with HDD's is solid, just until SSDS become bigger and cheaper and everyone throws their HDD's out in the garbage ;)

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CDeeter replied on Sun, Aug 26 2012 11:29 AM

Looking forward to that day myself, but it's going to be a long time coming until there's a 3TB SSD for $160.

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InsideSin replied on Sun, Aug 26 2012 11:52 AM

I'd be satisfied with a 500GB SSD for around that much. I don't use more than 300GB really.

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AKnudson replied on Sun, Aug 26 2012 1:43 PM

SSD's are nice for startup and transfer of data but the storage and size of SATA hard drives are incredible. i don't think it will be too long until an SSD with a TB of storage capacity comes out, it will be probably 5-10 years. Granted in the technology word that's nearly an eternity but the train is rolling that way and SATA Drives will become obsolete in the consumer desktop and laptop industries.

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NNvn replied on Sun, Aug 26 2012 7:40 PM

Finally someone did this !! wanted something like this for a long time

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NKR replied on Sun, Aug 26 2012 7:49 PM

Niceee.. very nice indeed

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KPhoenix replied on Sun, Aug 26 2012 8:27 PM

Shared this article

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karanm replied on Sun, Aug 26 2012 9:42 PM

1Tb Octane SSD."Thats all I have to say about that"

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DDK replied on Sun, Aug 26 2012 11:31 PM

good combo

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rapid1 replied on Mon, Aug 27 2012 9:19 AM

As far as throwing mechanical HD in the trash I don't see that happening anytime soon. SSD's are getting cheaper and quickly but there is in many ways no point. Yes if your running a slammed server maybe, but on a desktop or laptop at home I do not see it. Maybe in a few years when they can get 1/4 of the available size at somewhere near a decent price.

Either way the combo unit make a lot of sense to me. I could really see grabbing a 120-256 GB SSD for my os drive and a few combo drives in a RAID 1, 5 or 10 setup. That would scream and be relatively inexpensive compare to 3+ 512GB SSD's.

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