Tuesday morning, Drobo announced its fastest, highest-performing system yet: the Drobo 8D. With flexible storage options and faster speeds, Drobo 8D is the best suited of the lineup for the tasks of editing photos and videos.
With read and write speeds averaging 1,100 MB/s and 380 MB/s, respectively, the Drobo 8D can write to its up to 96 TB of storage at more than fast enough speeds for ultra-high-resolution workflows. Through its dual Thunderbolt 3 ports, the Drobo 8D supports a single 5K monitor, two 4K monitors, and/or a variety of other accessories and external drives. Fifteen-watt power delivery over Thunderbolt keeps any MacBook trickle-charging and is more than adequate for those surfing the internet most of the time. Additionally, a 1.6 GhZ quad-core processor, eight 7,200 RPM drives, and a standard 2.5-inch SSD for a rear SSD cache slot are what allow those full top speeds, but is also easier and more affordable than even smaller alternatives.
Drobo is best known for its unique approach to data and RAID system management. With any Drobo system, so much about creating volume sizes, partitions, and increasing or decreasing capacity by adding or removing drives is simplified so much so that anyone can do it. Additionally, the 8D features a built-in power reserve that will finish writing data to a separate, internal cache to keep files from corrupting due to a mid-transfer power outage. Data migration from a previous five-drive Drobo system is made easy in the sense that the 8D can easily and seamlessly assume the drives as its own after a quick migration.
The Drobo 8D ships today, starting at $1,299 with a variety of storage configurations up to 96 TB. At launch, macOS will be supported while Windows support will come at a later date.