Drobo makes award-winning storage solutions that provide an unprecedented combination of data protection, expandability, and ease of use. Based on the patented and proven BeyondRAID technology, Drobo delivers the best storage experience ever for hundreds of thousands of consumers, professionals, and businesses. Below is our interview with Mihir Shah, CEO of Drobo:
Q: How is Drobo different?
A: Drobo is different because regardless of which Drobo you use, we make sure that it can be setup easily in minutes, can expand without tools by installing larger drives at any time and that your data is always protected. Drobos are self-healing, self-managing and even self-optimizing. Drobo will even let you know when you’re running low on capacity and need to install bigger drives. You insert the drives, but Drobo will take care of the rest!
So, whether you are looking for a direct attached solution for your personal use or a network solution to share with others… Drobo has you covered!
Q: Drobo recently celebrated 10 years of simple, safe, and smart storage solutions; could you tell us something more?
A: Drobo was founded 10 years ago on the simple premise that storage should be simple to use, keep your data safe, and make smart decisions on how to organize your data. We’re really excited that after 10 years, we’re still providing storage solutions that our customers love. In fact, we have introduced 8 new products over the last two years — which is more than we did our first 8 years. It’s just really great that our solutions are used to power the creatives and small business of the world.
Q: Can you give us more insights into your solutions?
A: Our products fall into two main categories: Direct Attach and Network Attach. Our Direct Attach products (5D, 5D3, & 5Dt) connect directly to a users computer. This provides the fastest data access for creatives who are working with lots and lots of data. Our Network Attach products (5N, 5N2, & B810N) connect to a Local Area Network (LAN) so that a users storage can be accessed via their local network. This provides a simple and reliable way to have universal access to data, backup data and enable offsite Disaster Recovery (DR). Our iSCSI SAN products (B810i & B1200i) allows small and medium-sized businesses that don’t have dedicated IT support to simplify and consolidate both physical and virtual storage in a single array with “on-demand” ability to scale both capacity and performance.
Q: What makes Drobo a good choice?
A: Drobo storage solutions are the simplest to setup and use. Our BeyondRAID technology, along with the Drobo dashboard, make it simple to setup and manage a Drobo without having to worry about matching the drives, screwing them in, or choosing your RAID type. It’s this “plug and play” type of approach that has won Drobo various awards.
Q: What are your plans for next six months?
A: We plan on rolling out several upgrades to our existing products as well some new products that will continue to make it simple, safe, and smart to manage your data. We can’t tell you what the new products are but let’s just say we have been engaged with a lot of our customers to simply solve their storage needs. A lot of what we do is in direct response to our customers. We’re really proud of that.