It’s RAID for me – not looking for any proprietary stuff here, so Drobo is out.
The idea of losing a drive and having an entire cabinet’s worth of drives become borked with only one place that could possibly recover them is a non-starter.
It’s great that they’ve apparently been addressing their slow performance, but give me an enclosure with standard RAID compatibility and Thunderbolt and I’m there.
I used to feel like you. Then I got a Drobo. Now I’ve got three (2 1st gen, and 1 2nd gen) and have never looked back.
The very fact you equate Drobo with RAID tells me you know very little of the device, the company, or its products.
I have 48TB (3 x 16TB) arrays, but only about 8TB total spread across all three boxes.
When one drive fills up, I buy a larger one and slap it in.
When one drive goes bad, I replace it.
I believe it was Mark Twain that once said “Better to keep one’s mouth shut and for everyone to think you’re a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.”
Drobo is not RAID. It’s “beyond RAID”. It’s what RAID would be if it was ever allowed to grow up.
Not if the Drobo itself fails, which happens.
Which is no different than for any DAS solution (even some SANs), RAID arrays included.