July 22, 2014 3:54 PM ET

Technology Hardware, Storage and Peripherals

Company Overview of Drobo, Inc.

Company Overview

Drobo, Inc. develops and sells data storage products for individual professionals, and small and medium businesses in the United States and internationally. The company offers data storage products for data protection, capacity adjustment, and application service level optimization, as well as for virtualization, multi-server environment, single server environment, and creative professional applications. It serves professionals and businesses in various industries, such as education, government, and home office/home media. The company was formerly known as Data Robotics, Inc. and changed its name to Drobo, Inc. in July 2011. The company was founded in 2004 and is based in San Jose, Californi...

2460 North First Street

San Jose, CA 95131

United States

Founded in 2004

Phone:

408-276-8400

Fax:

408-276-8401

Key Executives for Drobo, Inc.

Chief Executive Officer
Co-Founder and Chief Architect
Vice President of Finance
Vice President of Operations
Chief Evangelist and Vice President
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Drobo, Inc. Key Developments

Music Choice Selects Drobo to Protect Audio and Video Files Streamed to Millions Nationwide

Drobo announced that Music Choice has leveraged Drobo's B1200i series to back up and protect more than 200 Terabytes of audio and video content so that it can better keep pace with the growing demand for its music while ensuring high availability and data protection. The B1200i proved a strategic plus for Music Choice's business because the company was able to install the high-density units easily and manage them from a single interface at a low cost per terabyte in addition to accelerating the access to the music and video data. Built on proven BeyondRAID technology, and now coupled with new and innovative SSD-accelerated storage and Automated Data-Aware Tiering, the Drobo B1200i delivers a level of automation and technical sophistication usually reserved for more expensive enterprise solutions. In an independent test by ESG Labs, the B1200i proved strong streaming performance of nearly 300 MB/sec for data protection, video on demand, and other capacity-oriented applications.

Drobo, Inc. Announces General Availability and Shipping of New Drobo 5N

Drobo, Inc. announced the general availability and shipping of its most technologically advanced networked storage, the new Drobo 5N. The Drobo 5N further expands Drobo's new line of professional storage products, which includes the recently released Drobo 5D and the Drobo Mini, by leveraging the company's patent-pending SSD and tiering technology for the first time with networked storage. These, combined with Drobo's unique ease-of-use and flexibility, enable the Drobo 5N to provide an unprecedented package of simplicity, affordability and performance for home users, small offices and creative professionals. The 5N also utilizes Drobo's new, enhanced data protection capabilities, typically only found in more expensive enterprise storage systems. The Drobo 5N adds a significant performance boost via a brand-new hardware design and the use of Drobo's patent-pending Data-Aware Tiering technology. The increased horsepower and ability to support SSD technology in addition to hard drives accelerates the overall performance of the storage array, allowing faster access to data from applications such as Adobe Lightroom and Apple iPhoto or iTunes, without compromising overall system capacity. In addition, the Drobo 5N provides an advanced data protection feature often found on enterprise-grade storage that automatically protects user and system data in the event of a spontaneous or unexpected power failure. The system utilizes intelligent software and battery technology that allows all critical data to be written to non-volatile storage, ensuring all important information is kept safe, even in the event of unexpected power loss. The Drobo 5N replaces the Drobo FS, one of Drobo's most popular products ever, as an entry-level networked storage solution that supports both Apple and PC platforms; the 5N also provides an easy-to-use interface for Apple's popular Time Machine. Existing customers of Drobo FS can easily upgrade by either copying their data to a new 5N or simply moving their Drobo FS disk drives to the Drobo 5N, thereby gaining access to the greater performance and data protection features of the 5N within minutes. In addition, home and small office users who need an easy and affordable solution for network backups, file sharing and future expandability in Apple, PC or mixed environments will appreciate the affordable but advanced features of the new Drobo 5N, including its compatibility with a wide range of local and cloud backup solutions to deliver remote access and off-premises data protection. Pricing for the Drobo 5N begins at $599 (U.S. MSRP), and the new system is available almost everywhere technology products are sold, including Amazon, B&H Photo Video, CDW and the online Drobo store at www.drobo.com.

Drobo, Inc. Announces General Availability and Shipping of Drobo Mini and Drobo 5D

Drobo, Inc. announced the general availability and shipping of the Drobo Mini and Drobo 5D. The Drobo Mini and 5D products are the industry's first storage arrays to include high-speed Thunderbolt connectivity, USB 3.0, automated tiering that supports solid state drives (SSDs), enhanced reliability features and true storage-array portability. The new products are designed to intelligently and seamlessly use high-performance SSDs with hard disk drives (HDDs) to rapidly accelerate workflows for creative professionals managing rich-media catalogs and Mac enthusiasts who need fast, high-capacity and portable storage. The Drobo Mini and 5D are the most modern and complete storage arrays for creating and working with large amounts of rich media. In particular, professionals who are power users of Adobe and Apple applications, including After Effects, Aperture, Final Cut Pro, Lightroom, Photoshop and Premier Pro, will find the Drobo Mini and 5D ideal for storing catalogs and backing up files of all types. Both new products include Drobo's unique Data-Aware Tiering technology, which embraces the use of affordable SSD storage in conjunction with traditional HDDs to deliver both accelerated performance and substantial capacity. For as little as under $100, customers can add SSD technology to the new Drobos, increasing transactional performance by up to 12 times over previous Drobo models. In addition, Drobo is the only storage array that offers both Thunderbolt and USB 3.0, providing flexibility across the industry's fastest, most modern and most widely accepted interfaces. The Drobo Mini and 5D are of the first in an elite group of innovative, more sophisticated and accelerated hybrid-storage products; like the Apple Fusion Drive. The Drobo 5D is designed as the desktop workhorse to meet the demanding data storage requirements of professionals and media creators. Without the need for complicated RAID setup or configuration, Drobo 5D makes storing and protecting valuable data very simple, with enough storage for more than 90,000 16 Megapixel raw photos, 650 Blu-ray discs, and up to 5,000 hours of 1080p HD video. Compact, powerful and designed for the mobile professional, Drobo Mini accommodates four 2.5-inch drives, an SSD Accelerator Bay, two Thunderbolt ports and a USB 3.0 port in a package that is small enough to fit in a portable travel bag. The product weighs in at about 3 pounds, fully loaded with drives installed, and can hold up to 3TB of usable and protected data -- enough to accommodate data protection for 15,000 raw photos and 1,000 hours of HD video. For home media enthusiasts looking to consolidate and accelerate video, photo and music files, the Drobo Mini and 5D provide a plug-and-play accelerated storage option with the real-world performance to seamlessly run rich media libraries like iTunes and iPhoto, as well as to safely store and back up personal data. Both products are compatible with a wide range of local and cloud backup solutions to deliver remote access and off-premises data protection. Thunderbolt I/O technology provides performance that is up to five times faster than the previous-generation Drobos. This enables users to move large amounts of data in a fraction of the time previously required. Drobo Mini and 5D are equipped with dual Thunderbolt ports for daisy-chaining; users can connect up to six Thunderbolt devices and a non-Thunderbolt monitor at the end of the chain. The bi-directional 10 Gbps performance of Thunderbolt allows all devices in the chain to achieve maximum throughput. Enhanced Reliability and Data Protection: Like all Drobos, the Mini and 5D protect users from a drive failure by enabling them to add or hot-swap drives on-the-fly for storage expansion with zero downtime. When drives are running low on space, the traffic-style lights on the front tell the user what to do: just add a drive in an empty bay or remove a smaller drive and replace it with a larger one. New with the Drobo 5D and Mini is an additional feature often found only on enterprise-grade storage for extended data protection: a larger battery and intelligent software that automatically protects all data in memory or cache in the event of a spontaneous or unexpected power loss. The battery keeps the Drobo alive long enough for the data to be written to non-volatile storage, ensuring all important information is kept safe, and then recharges itself. The battery is designed to last for the life of the product. Pricing and availability: the Drobo Mini starts at $649 (U.S.) and the Drobo 5D starts at $849 (U.S.). Both include a Thunderbolt cable.

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