Optimizing Business Applications

The Drobo B810i disrupts IT economics by delivering advanced iSCSI SAN storage capabilities reserved for expensive enterprise solutions. It is optimized for small and medium-sized businesses that don’t have dedicated IT support and it is used to simplify and consolidate both physical and virtual storage in a single array with “on-demand” ability to scale both capacity and performance. With Data-Aware Tiering, the B810i’s ability to automatically tier frequently used transactional data from stored data that’s seldom used enables businesses to consolidate storage resources, and share that storage across all connected clients and their applications. The B810i model allows for a more effective work collaboration, the storage of creative workflows, and a trustworthy, easy-to-use backup system.

Here are some Resources to help you choose the perfect Drobo.

Need Help Choosing?

  • Which Drobo is Right?
    Our 4 easy steps to help you choose the right Drobo.
  • Capacity Calculator
    Approximates the space utilized with various mixed disk configurations.
  • Drive Selector
    Balance acquisition costs and performance requirements vs. capacity requirements.
  • Drobo Migration
    When it comes to upgrading your Drobo to a larger or newer version, you have several options.
  • Drobo Resource Center
    View a library of the latest Case Studies, White Papers, Solutions Briefs, and Datasheets.
Family Drobo

Leave Your Limitations Behind… Go BeyondRAID®

Built on our award-winning BeyondRAID technology, the Drobo B810i protects your data without any intervention – even in the event of multiple drive failures. You can even switch from single to dual disk redundancy with a single click, ensuring enterprise-level dual parity data protection when required. Drobo’s with BeyondRAID are also self-healing and have virtual hot-spares. If a drive happens to fail, Drobo will automatically re-layout the data to return to a protected state without disruption. Drobo takes the up front guess work out of determining the amount of capacity you require. Buy the capacity you need today, and when you need more storage, simply replace your smallest drive with a larger one and immediately use that capacity in seconds. You can even mix and match drive brands, capacities and speeds. To further enhance your experience, every Drobo comes with Smart Volume technology. Smart Volumes® are thinly provisioned volumes that automatically utilize capacity as needed from a common pool of storage. Additionally, as data is deleted, free capacity is returned to that common pool, immediately increasing the available capacity. BeyondRAID along with Smart Volumes deliver next-generation storage technology by bringing together enhanced data protection, reliability, expandability, and ease-of-use. Learn More
Pain Free Expansion

Pain Free Expansion

Expanding your storage capacity with a Drobo couldn’t be easier. There’s no long, risky process to add capacity to a Drobo – no need to go through the time consuming and complex administration of destroying your RAID sets and recreating with larger drives; and then finally restoring from your backup. When it’s time to add storage capacity to a Drobo, simply insert additional disk drives or replace the smallest disks with larger ones. The unique, carrier-less drive-bay design results in efficient and pain free scalability that won’t leave you running out of space when you need it most. If you’re running low on space, the lights on the front of the Drobo B810i tell you exactly what to do. The innovative, user-friendly industrial design allows you to add or hot-swap larger capacity drives, without tools, on the fly, for storage expansion with zero downtime. Expand your capacity without missing a beat while safely storing, sharing and backing up all your data with ease and peace of mind. It’s that simple!
Capacity and Performance

Automated Data-Aware Tiering

The Drobo B810i moves beyond the days of manually tuning an array for applications that have different storage requirements. Automated Data-Aware Tiering leverages high-capacity hard disk drives (HDDs) paired with high-performance solid state drives (SSDs) to deliver application-optimized storage that requires no manual tuning. Data-Aware Tiering automatically and seamlessly migrates the most frequently accessed data to the faster SSD drives and the less accessed data to the high capacity hard disk drives. As data access patterns change, the data is automatically relocated to maximize performance while still benefiting from the large capacity drives. Learn More
Build an iSCSI SAN with Drobo

Build an iSCSI SAN with Drobo

Unfamiliar with iSCSI? iSCSI is a popular high-performance protocol for deploying storage networking technology in IT environments. The problem: it can be very complex to manage. The Drobo B810i changes that by introducing zero-click iSCSI configuration for both Windows and Mac OS X servers. With an iSCSI SAN, centralized storage is provided to each server over a high-speed Gigabit Ethernet network where it can be allocated or expanded instantaneously. Deploying a Drobo B810i eases iSCSI adoption, simplifies administration, and allows you to consolidate storage so you have fewer devices to manage.
Optimized for Business

Optimized for Business

The Drobo B810i is ideal for building your first scalable backup server or expanding your storage to your existing file servers. It integrates seamlessly into your TCP/IP network infrastructure and utilizes the industry-standard iSCSI protocol to provide simple, consolidated storage for your servers.
Rack Mount Ready, Desktop Quiet

Rack Mount Ready, Desktop Quiet

Drobo B810i can be deployed in a server room for IT use or on a desktop for workgroup sharing of storage, thanks to its compact design and quiet operation. Dual smart fans automatically manage their speeds to optimize cooling and minimize operating noise. You can even configure Drobo to spin down drives when they’re not in use to further reduce noise and save energy. (Drobo B810i Rack Mount sold separately.)
Capacity and Performance

DroboCare™

Our world-class DroboCare support offers powerful protection for all Drobo products. Whether you depend on Drobo for your photo collection or critical business data, our trained professionals are available around the clock to help. In addition to extending technical phone support, DroboCare offers a wide array of benefits over our standard warranty including migration assistance, expedited hardware and rescue kits to ensure you get everything you need, when you need it. Learn More

Optimizing Business Applications

The Drobo B810i disrupts IT economics by delivering advanced iSCSI SAN storage capabilities reserved for expensive enterprise solutions. It is optimized for small and medium-sized businesses that don’t have dedicated IT support and it is used to simplify and consolidate both physical and virtual storage in a single array with “on-demand” ability to scale both capacity and performance. With Data-Aware Tiering, the B810i’s ability to automatically tier frequently used transactional data from stored data that’s seldom used enables businesses to consolidate storage resources, and share that storage across all connected clients and their applications. The B810i model allows for a more effective work collaboration, the storage of creative workflows, and a trustworthy, easy-to-use backup system.

The Problem B810n Solves

All other NAS systems have this problem: when multiple users are accessing it overall performance goes down. This is because simultaneous user requests induce the hard drives recording mechanism to move around the disk. The drive spends more time looking for data blocks than it does reading or writing data for users.

Here are some Resources to help you choose the perfect Drobo.

Need Help Choosing?

  • Which Drobo is Right?
    Our 4 easy steps to help you choose the right Drobo.
  • Capacity Calculator
    Approximates the space utilized with various mixed disk configurations.
  • Drive Selector
    Balance acquisition costs and performance requirements vs. capacity requirements.
  • Drobo Migration
    When it comes to upgrading your Drobo to a larger or newer version, you have several options.
  • Drobo Resource Center
    View a library of the latest Case Studies, White Papers, Solutions Briefs, and Datasheets.
Family Drobo

Leave Your Limitations Behind… Go BeyondRAID®

Built on our award-winning BeyondRAID technology, the Drobo B810i protects your data without any intervention – even in the event of multiple drive failures. You can even switch from single to dual disk redundancy with a single click, ensuring enterprise-level dual parity data protection when required. Drobo’s with BeyondRAID are also self-healing and have virtual hot-spares. If a drive happens to fail, Drobo will automatically re-layout the data to return to a protected state without disruption. Drobo takes the up front guess work out of determining the amount of capacity you require. Buy the capacity you need today, and when you need more storage, simply replace your smallest drive with a larger one and immediately use that capacity in seconds. You can even mix and match drive brands, capacities and speeds. To further enhance your experience, every Drobo comes with Smart Volume technology. Smart Volumes® are thinly provisioned volumes that automatically utilize capacity as needed from a common pool of storage. Additionally, as data is deleted, free capacity is returned to that common pool, immediately increasing the available capacity. BeyondRAID along with Smart Volumes deliver next-generation storage technology by bringing together enhanced data protection, reliability, expandability, and ease-of-use. Learn More

Pain Free Expansion

Expanding your storage capacity with a Drobo couldn’t be easier. There’s no long, risky process to add capacity to a Drobo – no need to go through the time consuming and complex administration of destroying your RAID sets and recreating with larger drives; and then finally restoring from your backup. When it’s time to add storage capacity to a Drobo, simply insert additional disk drives or replace the smallest disks with larger ones. The unique, carrier-less drive-bay design results in efficient and pain free scalability that won’t leave you running out of space when you need it most. If you’re running low on space, the lights on the front of the Drobo B810i tell you exactly what to do. The innovative, user-friendly industrial design allows you to add or hot-swap larger capacity drives, without tools, on the fly, for storage expansion with zero downtime. Expand your capacity without missing a beat while safely storing, sharing and backing up all your data with ease and peace of mind. It’s that simple!
Pain Free Expansion
Capacity and Performance

Automated Data-Aware Tiering

The Drobo B810i moves beyond the days of manually tuning an array for applications that have different storage requirements. Automated Data-Aware Tiering leverages high-capacity hard disk drives (HDDs) paired with high-performance solid state drives (SSDs) to deliver application-optimized storage that requires no manual tuning. Data-Aware Tiering automatically and seamlessly migrates the most frequently accessed data to the faster SSD drives and the less accessed data to the high capacity hard disk drives. As data access patterns change, the data is automatically relocated to maximize performance while still benefiting from the large capacity drives. Learn More

Build an iSCSI SAN with Drobo

Unfamiliar with iSCSI? iSCSI is a popular high-performance protocol for deploying storage networking technology in IT environments. The problem: it can be very complex to manage. The Drobo B810i changes that by introducing zero-click iSCSI configuration for both Windows and Mac OS X servers. With an iSCSI SAN, centralized storage is provided to each server over a high-speed Gigabit Ethernet network where it can be allocated or expanded instantaneously. Deploying a Drobo B810i eases iSCSI adoption, simplifies administration, and allows you to consolidate storage so you have fewer devices to manage.
Build an iSCSI SAN with Drobo
Optimized for Business

Optimized for Business

The Drobo B810i is ideal for building your first scalable backup server or expanding your storage to your existing file servers. It integrates seamlessly into your TCP/IP network infrastructure and utilizes the industry-standard iSCSI protocol to provide simple, consolidated storage for your servers.

Rack Mount Ready, Desktop Quiet

Drobo B810i can be deployed in a server room for IT use or on a desktop for workgroup sharing of storage, thanks to its compact design and quiet operation. Dual smart fans automatically manage their speeds to optimize cooling and minimize operating noise. You can even configure Drobo to spin down drives when they’re not in use to further reduce noise and save energy. (Drobo B810i Rack Mount sold separately.)
Rack Mount Ready, Desktop Quiet
Capacity and Performance

DroboCare™

Our world-class DroboCare support offers powerful protection for all Drobo products. Whether you depend on Drobo for your photo collection or critical business data, our trained professionals are available around the clock to help. In addition to extending technical phone support, DroboCare offers a wide array of benefits over our standard warranty including migration assistance, expedited hardware and rescue kits to ensure you get everything you need, when you need it. Learn More