Pros Looks snazzy
Cons It disappoints in almost every way possible.
Summary I am stunned that they couple such a good little unit as the Drobo with such an utterly pointless waste-of-space as the Droboshare.
I was impressed with the Drobo - but felt a little aggrieved that I had to spend hard again to make it "work" on a network.
Still if the Droboshare was as good as the Drobo, I was in safe hands.
I do not understand why they bothered to say it supports 1GB - it doesn't properly utilise 100M networks, speed is definately a low priority for the Droboshare.
Actually so is security, you can choose to let someone have total access (read/write) to ALL files on the entire Drobo - or absolutely nothing at all.
This is not really even useful for a home network - as you might not want little William "helpfully" being able to delete half your server - just because you needed to give him access to the music folder.
As for a business network where any disgruntled member of staff who has ANY access at all, has TOTAL access to the ENTIRE drive - the idea is a really bad, VERY slow, somewhat expensive joke.
Oh as for technical support, forget it, you can wait MONTHS if it isn't a simple user-error.
If you JUST want the Drobo for use on a single computer - go for it. If you need a true network-attached-storage device. AVOID IT
Drobo - a bit like a 200 MPH supercar with just one seat.
Droboshare - An expensive "upgrade" which gives the car many extra seats, but removes the igntion and steering locks - and pops a speed limiter on the engine to make it struggle to hit 20.
Pros Seems like a good idea, centralized 'beyond RAID' network accessible disk.
Cons Fails when copying data from Drobo to computer
Summary You can read about the great features this product has elsewhere. My main problem with this device is that it is nearly impossible to read data back from it to a computer (Win or Mac) without some crazy disconnect error.
This lack of reliability makes it very difficult for me to trust. I won't be using it anymore.
"Unreliable"on by akdrobo1
Pros It had the potential to make storage worry-free
Cons It fails for no apparent reason; recovery is impossible (not least because of the proprietary format used internally); Customer Support is the *worst* I have ever encountered across any computer-related product (yes, I know, it's *that* bad).
Summary I have had 2 Drobos fail on me while copying from one to the other, and they took all my data with them --- over 4 TB of data just disappeared. AVOID
Pros Easy to connect
Use existing Drobo
All the speed we need
Cons None. Just works.