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Drobo NAS / Cloud Storage
Build a centralized server for your files by getting a Drobo NAS array. An NAS or network-attached storage device is a standalone system that has its own processor and memory in addition to one or more hard disks. This storage drive connects to your home or office network and provides remote access to files from multiple computers on the same network. Staples carries a wide selection of NAS arrays from Drobo and other leading storage and network equipment brands.
Meet Your Storage Needs With a Drobo NAS, SAN, or DAS Array Drobo makes SAN and DAS devices in addition to NAS ones. A DAS or direct-attached storage device connects directly to a computer or server. This one-on-one connection does not require a computer network for file access. While DAS is a simpler storage solution than NAS, SAN is a more advanced option. SAN or storage area network is a full-fledged enterprise-grade network system. It interconnects multiple storage devices with its high-speed network and presents data in blocks rather than files.
Choose a DAS device if you want to add more storage to your computer. Flash drives, external hard drives, and solid state drives are excellent examples of DAS. You can also use an NAS array as a personal storage device. Most home media servers fall into this category. Small business can implement NAS system for their web and email servers. An SAN array is for mid-sized and large businesses that require high-speed data transfers.
Storage Features to Look for in Drobo Drive Arrays Key features to consider are storage capacity, connectivity, hot-swappable drives, and RAID support. The amount of storage you need depends on how you intend to use the device. Choose an NAS or DAS array with 1 to 2TB storage capacity to back up the computers in your home. If you run a media server, get a storage array with more than 4TB total capacity. Small businesses need at least 10TB while large companies may require petabytes of storage. To make future storage expansion easy, look for a Drobo unit with 8 or 12 hard drive bays.
RAID support is essential for improved file transfer speeds or to create redundant backups to prevent data loss. Make sure to get a model that supports hot swapping. This lets you replace faulty hard drives or upgrade to disks with higher capacities without powering down the NAS array. The hot swapping of drives does not interrupt workflow or cause downtime. Choose a unit with at least two Gigabit Ethernet ports. This guarantees connection failover and keeps data transfer going even when one port fails.
Can You Add SSDs to a Drobo NAS Array? Yes. You can add solid state drives to Drobo arrays to create hybrid storage solutions. Some of the brands' SAN and NAS arrays also support data-aware tiering, a smart feature that automatically moves frequently accessed data to SSDs for faster access.
What Are the Benefits of a Diskless Storage Array? Getting a diskless SAN, NAS, or DAS array makes it easier to build a custom storage solution. A diskless array is more affordable than one with preinstalled hard disks. You can equip it with HDDs and SSDs from your favorite brands, in capacities you prefer, and in a configuration that best suits your needs.
How Do Drobo NAS Arrays Handle Power Outages? Drobo storage units have power-fail protection. They include battery backup systems that keep them powered long enough to protect the data in their memories and caches during power outages. This feature lets the arrays write data to disk and safely power down.