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09-20-2012, 08:23 AM (This post was last modified: 09-20-2012 08:30 AM by feffi.)
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Are there any reviews on the Drobo 5D?
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09-20-2012, 07:58 PM
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Nothing but short blurbs so far I can see.

I would kill for some benchmarks. I can't believe they haven't posted anything yet. Drobos are infamous across the web for their slow speeds, you'd think they'd want to silence the critics. I get they're tweaking firmware, but a week from release and still silence. Crazy.

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09-25-2012, 11:55 AM (This post was last modified: 09-25-2012 11:58 AM by chankwitz.)
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I casually brought up the 5D delivery outlook yesterday while conversing with a Tech Support guy and he casually told me at least another couple of weeks ... which I immediately interpreted to say ... at LEAST another month to six weeks. I have one on pre-order.
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09-25-2012, 07:14 PM
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Yeah, I think I'll just wait and see. I can appreciate taking their time to get it right, and no sense sending out review units if it's not ready. First impressions, etc.

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09-26-2012, 05:54 PM (This post was last modified: 09-26-2012 05:55 PM by Paul.)
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RE: Reviews
also check out some websites called toms hardware, and raoul pop, they usually will have reviews when ready.
(actually it was a mixture of docchris and raoul who helped and persuaded me to get drobo's to begin with) Smile

(btw i have XP home SP2, a Drobo v1 with 2x 1TB/2x 1.5TB WD greens, & a bkp Drobo v2 with the same + a DroboShare: unused)
& a DroboS v2 with 3xWD15EADS &2x1TB in DDR mode on win7, & a drobo5D (all usb)
  • btw i did a sustained (write) operation for about 6 hours, and got 13.2MB / sec ...objection? "sustained" :)
    (16.7MB/s on a v2 & 47-96MB/s drobo-s)
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10-02-2012, 04:51 AM (This post was last modified: 10-02-2012 04:51 AM by OddyOh.)
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Ha, Raoul Pop got me into my first Drobo as well, back in the day. Smile

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10-02-2012, 06:23 AM (This post was last modified: 10-02-2012 06:23 AM by Paul.)
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cool Smile

(btw i have XP home SP2, a Drobo v1 with 2x 1TB/2x 1.5TB WD greens, & a bkp Drobo v2 with the same + a DroboShare: unused)
& a DroboS v2 with 3xWD15EADS &2x1TB in DDR mode on win7, & a drobo5D (all usb)
  • btw i did a sustained (write) operation for about 6 hours, and got 13.2MB / sec ...objection? "sustained" :)
    (16.7MB/s on a v2 & 47-96MB/s drobo-s)
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10-19-2012, 05:32 AM (This post was last modified: 10-19-2012 05:34 AM by OddyOh.)
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RE: Reviews
New York Times blurb here...not really a review, there's hardly any detail...

By detail, I mean numbers...benchmarks, etc. Surely some of the hardware sites must be getting units now/soon.

The wait continues.

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10-21-2012, 09:26 AM
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The 5D is probably the most interesting Drobo to come along in years (well the Mini is interesting too is you need portable flexibility). Drobos are well know for their flexibility but also known to be slow compared to other arrays. We've all accepted that considering the flexibility argument but it will be interesting to see how the Drobo 5D stands up to things like the Promise Pegasus R4, which is easily the speed demon benchmark for Thunderbolt devices. That device sells for $1050 on the street and comes with 4 TBs of drives standard.

At $849, you'd hope that the 5D can truly saturate the Thunderbolt bus. DIYers have been putting together fast arrays for a fraction of that price for years. Of course, you concede the flexibility argument but most of us aren't price inelastic. But if the 5D can approach the R4's performance, it would be a compelling argument.

I'm also interested in the mSATA option. The use of flash drives to accelerate the R/W operations of spinning disks has been used in the enterprise for a while now and Drobo has been doing it with the 1200i. I work for Oracle and we've had the Exadata machines for a few years now. Of course, just adding Flash is not the panacea for everything...there has to be some intelligence about it. mSATA drives come in varying sizes and so far, I haven't sen any guidance about whether you have to go to a 256 GB drive (about $200) for maximum benefit or whether cheaper 128 GB or even 64 GB drives will suffice.
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10-23-2012, 06:38 AM
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hi maybe its just the small files that cause i/o delays
maybe a basic 128GB drive (but fully used to hold all the small files, especially those which over time get used more frequently) will help speed things up, so that the large files can be consecutively read from the main drobo sata drives.

(btw i have XP home SP2, a Drobo v1 with 2x 1TB/2x 1.5TB WD greens, & a bkp Drobo v2 with the same + a DroboShare: unused)
& a DroboS v2 with 3xWD15EADS &2x1TB in DDR mode on win7, & a drobo5D (all usb)
  • btw i did a sustained (write) operation for about 6 hours, and got 13.2MB / sec ...objection? "sustained" :)
    (16.7MB/s on a v2 & 47-96MB/s drobo-s)
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