Among photographers and media-makers alike, Drobo is known for creating fast, reliable storage solutions. Their devices hold multiple hard-drives that are backed up to each other and hot-swappable. A redundant array of independent disks (RAID) isnt a new concept, but in the age of cloud storagemany of ushave stopped thinking about having our own storage devices. Drobos new 5N2 solves for the privacy and security of a physical back-up, but adds the convenience of being attached to a network. Weve been testing it for a couple weeks and have been very impressed.
The 5N2 is basically a $500 housing; it does not come with hard-drivesyou have to buy those separately. Doing so gives you the flexibility to factor price, speed and capacity when buying up to five drives to install in the device. And Drobos housing automatically sets up the drives in the optimal RAID to maximize capacity and back-up.We went with two 8T Seagate IronWolf drivesa minimal set-up for testing. Setting everything up was simple: slide in the hard-drives, connect power and ethernet and turn the device on. After an initialization period the 5N2 is visible in Drobos dashboard software on your computer and ready for as much (or as little) configuration as you want. Ours is visible on the office network for everyone to access (password protected, of course), but using Drobos mobile Access app its possible to reach the device from anywhere in the worldostensibly making it a personal, private cloud device and achieving the best of both worlds.
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