Built on the exclusive and proven BeyondRAID technology and coupled with new and innovative Automated Data-Aware Tiering, the Drobo B1200i delivers a great choice for small and medium businesses and individual professionals seeking an unprecedented combination of sophisticated data protection and management features, affordable capacity, and ease-of-use. The Drobo B1200i makes "Big Storage in a Small Box" and creates the best storage experience ever.
The Drobo B1200i is optimized for SMB IT to provide reliable, high-performance, and self-optimizing storage for server virtualization, email, and data protection. It integrates seamlessly into your TCP/IP network infrastructure and utilizes the industry-standard iSCSI protocol to provide powerful, yet simple, consolidated storage for your IT environment.
Not ready for Hyper-V Cluster
Pros: Drobo's ability to automatically create, manage, and expand a storage array with very little configuration is impressive, as is Drobo's ability to use mixed size drives in a single array.
Cons: Drobo is significantly slower than a standard RAID based array. While the Drobo B1200i is now compatible with Windows Clustering and Hyper-V I would not recommend it for this application as it simply cannot perform fast enough for such a high performance task and will cause all virtual machines in its storage to run notably slow. This caused serious problems in our production environment where server based applications frequently crash or fail to start due to delays in disk I/O.
Other Thoughts: In addition to the issues above, we have had a problem with this unit where the network interface would just shut down once a month, bringing our production servers down and requiring a reboot of the Drobo to reconnect. Drobo support addressed this with a replacement controller card. The replacement controller card lost network connectivity 2 weeks after installation.
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