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Drobo Performance – When Your Drives Break

A hard drive failure is a question of when, not if.  You need to be prepared and protected to maintain a high level of Drobo performance. Every day in our live demos and on live chat we talk with individuals and business owners who are looking for more info on how they can be better protected.  Do you have data storage solutions that you are protecting?  According to a poll by SanDisk conducted by Harris Interactive: “Photos are so precious that 64 percent of U.S. adults would not consider destroying their family photo collection for any amount of money, not even for one million dollars.”  The folks that contact us for help understand the value of their data.  Do you feel your data is worth $1M, and are you doing everything to protect it from inevitable hard drive failure?

If you are prepared, you already have a redundant storage solution that protects your first copy from a hard drive failure.  And, you also have multiple backups, both local and off-site to protect from other calamities.  If you don’t, you are not alone, because most do not have the right data storage solution.  If you don’t, it means the data for your business is at risk or all of those priceless photos and memories can be lost.  We buy insurance to protect our cars, houses, and other property to the tune of thousands of dollars of cost each year, but for data storage much of it is on laptops, individual drives, and other single devices that are not protected.  Let’s talk about preparing for the path toward protection.

RAID was created in the mid-1980s to serve businesses.  No, not the bug spray you may first think of when you hear the word Raid; RAID stands for redundant array of independent devices.  RAID is almost as old as computers with hard drives.  Because it was made for techies, it requires a good deal of technical knowledge. You need to know what type of RAID you need, how to set up it up, how to manage a hot spare drive for redundancy, and so on and so forth.  RAID also forces identical hard drive models within the system. It protects against drive failures for sure, but RAID makes data storage solutions data storage tedious and potentially expensive if you need someone to manage it for you.

In short, Drobo BeyondRAID gives you the redundancy benefit of RAIDs without the downsides and some extras on the top.  Let’s say a drive failure happens.  You’re working on an important time-sensitive video project.  What do you do? Nothing! Drobo automatically recovers from this failure and gets you back to a protected state to manage the next time a drive might fail.  If you want to expand, pop the existing failed drive out and put in a new one.  No tricks, it’s that plain simple.  What if the drive you have available is a different size or from a different manufacturer?  With Drobo, it does not matter. Drobo is data storage solution without the worry or hassle.

Protecting your first copy is the first step and how to survive a drive failure, much better than restoring from backup.  Now, Step 2 still requires you to have a backup, to protect against file corruption on your first copy.  Step 3 is getting a backup off-site to protect from losing the entire location to a fire, theft, flood, etc.  More to discuss in another blog, and Drobo is great storage for storing on-site and off-site backups, too.  3-2-1 – or three copies of data, on two types of media, one of them off-site – is the right protection to aim for.  I won’t ask if you are doing all of those, but I can say there are people in my family that are not doing it all (yet).

If you want the most powerful and user-friendly way to survive a disk failure, you owe it to yourself to put Drobo on your data storage short list.

Smart storage that grows with you and protects what matters.