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Drobo B800i Beyond Raid 8-Bay Dual Gigabit Ethernet/iCSI SANs/SATA 6GB/S Storage Array

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Drobo
  • Model: DR-B800I-2A21
  • Weight: 21.25 pounds

Product Details

  • Item Weight: 16.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 22.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Item model number: DR-B800I-2A21
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 8, 2011

Product Description

Product Description




Easiest-to-User iSCSI Array... Period

Built on proven BeyondRAID technology, the Drobo B800i delivers award-winning iSCSI SAN storage and advanced capabilities usually reserved for more expensive enterprise solutions. In fact, the Drobo B800i won an Editor's Choice Award from Storage Review. The Drobo B800i is optimized for small businesses to provide reliable and high-performance storage to servers running applications like file services, data protection, email, and server virtualization. It integrates seamlessly into your TCP/IP network infrastructure and utilizes the industry-standard iSCSI protocol to provide simple, consolidated storage for your servers.

BeyondRAID Technology
BeyondRAID Technology

A Drobo B800i iSCSI array can hold up to 24TB of raw storage and beyond. To add capacity, simply insert a new hard drive or replace your smallest drive with a larger one, even when all drive bays are full. Unlike traditional RAID systems, the BeyondRAID technology in Drobo enables you to leverage different drive capacities, allowing for continuous expansion as larger drives become available. With Drobo, expansion is automatic and instantaneous and access to data is always maintained.

Smart Volumes with Thin Provisioning
Smart Volumes with Thin Provisioning

Create new volumes up to 16TB in seconds and manage them over time with ease. The innovative and time-saving Smart Volume management technology with Thin Provisioning integrated into the Drobo B800i allows volumes to pull storage from the common pool of disks rather than a specific physical disk allocation. The labor of re-sizing and migrating volumes is replaced with the simplicity of intelligent engineering.

Protection from Two Drive Failures
Protection from Two Drive Failures

Enable the dual-drive redundancy option to protect your data from failure of up to two hard drives. It's all done with a single click and without ever losing access to your data. Running out of space? Switch back to single-drive redundancy at any time. Unlike moving between traditional RAID 5 and RAID 6, there's no need to reformat or migrate data from the Drobo B800i, potentially saving you hours or days of downtime.

Optimizing Business Applications
Optimizing Business Applications

Similar to business applications, Drobo is ideal for building your first scalable backup server or server virtualization cluster. It has been certified for Symantec Backup Exec, Veeam Backup, VMware vSphere, and Citrix XenServer environments.

About iSCSI SANs
About iSCSI SANs

Unfamiliar with iSCSI? It's a high-performance protocol that's become extremely popular storage networking technology in IT environments, but it can often be complex to manage. Drobo B800i changes that by introducing zero-click iSCSI configuration for both Windows and Mac OS X servers. With an iSCSI SAN, centralized storage is provided to each server over a high-speed Ethernet network and storage can be allocated or expanded instantaneously. Also, no single server can tie up free space and there are fewer storage devices to maintain.

Rack Mount Ready, Desktop Quiet
Rack Mount Ready, Desktop Quiet

Drobo B800i can be deployed in a server room for IT use or on a desktop for workgroup sharing of storage, thanks to its compact design and quiet operation. Dual smart fans automatically manage their speeds to optimize cooling and minimize operating noise. (Drobo B800i Rack Mount sold separately.)

Customer Reviews

Great product performs as advertised.
Matthew Grant
Data Robotics offered me a support plan to purchase which was just slightly less than the purchase of a new brand new unit.
J. Scott
I tried to gracefully power it off to no avail.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By justin russo on November 23, 2013
Please read this entire review for it contains with my actual use case in the home/small office via Mac, Windows and VMware virtualization.

To begin, I’d like to mention that I am currently a Presales Engineer for a major partner of Dell computers and I sell all MD, EqualLogic and Compellent line of storage. I am very well versed in all enterprise class storage whether that be Dell, EMC, NetApp or HP. With that being said, the Drobo B800i is an excellent cost competitive SAN for the right sized environment. I gave this a 5 star review because I knew exactly what I was purchasing before I purchased it and it has fulfilled my expectations. The engineers who designed this really took into account what issues the average user faces on a daily basis in regards to management and maintenance of data storage. Is this a 5 star device is regards to pure raw performance compared to other competitor's prosumer/consumer/Small-medium business (SMB) SANs? I don't believe so since there will always something bigger and better out there especially with flash storage becoming so affordable. However, the Drobo is complemented by many extremely easy to use features will providing some enterprise class functionality and that is what got me to purchase this device for my home office. So if you are looking for strictly raw performance this is not the device for you, but if you are looking for the easiest SAN to manage with great features while providing VMware compatibility then this is a must buy.

In my search for a home SAN and running across Drobo, I ran into some negative reviews and initially it turned me away. After further research I realized that the average negative review spawned from human error by deploying the Drobo in an unsuitable environment.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Andy Truesdell on January 4, 2012
I'm using my DroboB800i as a video-surveillance archival unit, and EMC Retrospect data backup. I originally used a Drobo2 via DroboShare, and then tried USB, but it was too slow for the amount of video data -- a 24-hour archival task was finishing at just over 23 hours. Overlapping caused many issues, as well as having constant data in and out. Not badmouthing the Drobo2, just that I was using it for something it's not designed to do well.

Enter the DroboB800i. I have the iSCSI directly connected to my a dual-NIC DVR server, and network iSCSI connected to use as a target for my retrospect backup server. I have had no problems since (I had a little issue setting up the two different iSCSI methods at once, but that was due to my limited knowledge of iSCSI (can't route over VLANS.. oh it's not layer 3, it's layer 2! I moved my backup server to it's own VLAN with the iSCSI and it works like a CHARM -- pulls data from my servers and points it to the SAN VLAN).

Drobo Tech Support helped me reconfigure the iSCSI connections and I haven't had to touch it since. Beautiful at what it's doing. Backup server (not original storage, the server itself is RAID5) and archival storage (not constant reading by multiple users -- 5 users at most and via the DVR software not individually connected -- I wouldn't use this for a FileServer)

Aside: To those giving various DROBO models mediocre (1-2 star) reviews complaining about speed -- a lot of it has to do with the drives themselves. If you go dirt cheap at get 5400 RPM drives, it's going to be slow.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Wiles on October 2, 2014
Read the "Does what it was designed to do" from the Dell Pre-sales Engineer for a technical unbiased review.

Have 4x of the B800i's. Running Server and Workstation Backup destinations, Live Data, and Replicated Live Data.

Between all, there is around 85TB of RAW storage. I run 2x on Raid 5 and 2x on Raid 6.. Single and Dual disk redundancy. I have been through rebuild purgatory. some days, some weeks, and one over a month. All due to my own urge to push the limits of this flexible device.

That said, this is why i gave it 5 stars:
- Dang near impossible to lose data on these things. pulled more drives than i should, used junky drives marked as bad.. I pushed the limits of the flexibility of its hot swap capabilities. NO Data Loss... couple corrupt files... but i did things no one would or could do to a normal RAID on my b800i's
- RAID 6 is for archiving, backups, light file server... would not use for a database server serving more than 20 devices. Single tasking for heavy load. Light tasking for multi loads. Its still a beast.. Enterprise drives help a TON.. but RAID 6 feel free to use the junk drives.
RAID 5: 2x 32TB setups - I know some are scared to hear this.. with URE rates etc... I have one with 8x 4tb highend desktop drives and 8x 4TB Ent Drives. for VM certification Drobo and vendors recommend RAID 5.. I am running backup of 300x devices 24x7 to these. the performance is much better, sustained IO 450 opposed to 300-350 with RAID6 (personal). and REBUILDS are WAY FASTER.. 2-30x FASTER than the RAID 6

> In the past year I have upgraded/swaped every slot (32 total slots) twice... roughly 64 rebuilds under my belt.. RAID 5 and 6. Seagates from 2007 to 7k4 2013 and WDRE 2014.. never a failed rebuild..
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