DroboElite Firmware 2.0.4

Provides support fro data storage across multiple servers.
DroboElite offers the best data storage experience ever for small to medium businesses (SMBs) and departments looking to consolidate storage across multiple servers.

As the most powerful and flexible Drobo platform engineered to date, DroboElite redefines storage economics by delivering advanced features and performance usually reserved for more expensive solutions.

Built on the award-winning BeyondRAID technology, DroboElite provides enterprise-level data safety and unprecedented expandability in a virtualized architecture that is both self-managing and self-healing.

Dual iSCSI ports and significant performance enhancements deliver best-in-class performance ideal for consolidating storage or adding capacity to both virtualized and non-virtualized computing environments.

Main features:

  • Multi-Host Connectivity - Have multiple servers that need storage? No problem. The DroboElite connects seamlessly to your existing TCP/IP network and utilizes the industry-standard iSCSI protocol to provide simple, consolidated storage for your servers.
  • Up to 8 Disks of Instant Expansion to 16TB and Beyond - Grow your storage to meet your data capacity needs with minimal effort. To add capacity, simply insert a new hard drive or replace your smallest drive with a larger one, even when all eight-drive bays are full. Unlike traditional RAID systems, the BeyondRAID technology found on DroboElite enables you to mix and match capacities, drive brands and speeds. This allows for continuous expansion as drive capacities grow. With DroboElite, expansion is automatic, instantaneous and access to data is always maintained.
  • No Headache Dual-Drive Redundancy - Enable the dual-drive redundancy option to protect against the simultaneous failure of up to two hard drives. It’s all done with a single click, without ever losing access to your data. Running out of space? You can click to switch back to single drive redundancy. Unlike moving between traditional RAID 5 and RAID 6, there’s no need to reformat or migrate data off of the array, potentially saving you hours or days of downtime.
  • Dual High-Speed iSCSI Interfaces - Unfamiliar with iSCSI? It’s an industry- standard, high performance protocol that has become extremely popular with businesses and individuals who demand high data storage throughput, but it can often be complex to manage. DroboElite changes that by introducing zero- click iSCSI connection creation with optional LUN-level CHAP authentication for both Windows and Mac OS X.
  • The Virtues of Smart Volumes - Create new volumes in seconds and manage up to 255 x 16TB volumes over time with ease. The innovative and timesaving Smart Volume management technology integrated into DroboElite allows volumes to pull storage from the common pool of drives rather than a specific physical drive allocation, eliminating the need to manage capacity at the volume level. Smart Volumes are also data aware, allowing deleted data blocks to be returned to the common pool and ensuring that volumes remain as efficient as possible over time.
  • Simplify Your VMware Environment - Storage is an integral part of a successful virtualization strategy. DroboElite has been tested for use with VMware to eliminate risk from your storage decision and help accelerate deployment of your virtual server environment.
  • Rack Mount Ready, Desktop Quiet - DroboElite is equally at home in a rack mount environment as it is on your desktop. Dual smart fans automatically manage their speeds to optimize both cooling and minimize operating noise.
  • What is BeyondRAID? - BeyondRAID leverages the same underlying data protection methodologies as traditional RAID, including mirroring and striping with parity; however, BeyondRAID applies these algorithms on top of a robust and flexible storage virtualization platform. This makes possible the removal of the drawbacks and limitations normally associated with RAID.
  • Key benefits of BeyondRAID include:
  • Data protection against hard disk failure
  • Instant capacity expansion without downtime
  • Self-management
  • Automatic healing

last updated on:
July 7th, 2014, 8:59 GMT
file size:
11.5 MB
license type:
developed by:
Data Robotics
operating system(s):
Mac OS X 10.5.6 or later
binary format:
Universal Binary
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What's New in This Release:
  • Fixed red light warning appearing on the wrong drive bay after inserting a 4TB drive. Note: enterprise - class 4TB drives are not available yet.
  • Improved system performance and stability for mixed loads.
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