"The Drobo Firewire performance is HOT!!"4.5 starson by lmorse532
Pros: Firewire800 really improves the usefulness of the Drobo. I can now use it as the primary storage in doing my photoshop work.
Cons: A network option would be nice.
Summary: My experience with this second generation Drobo has been much different then this reviewer's. I have had a first generation Drobo for over 9 months. I really liked the 'simplicity' of management of the storage array. I have grown from 500 GB to almost 2TB with its brain-dead handling of inserting of new drives. This is by far the easist RAID array I have ever used.
The one draw back was it was rather slow on USB on my iMac and Vista systems. So, I purchased a DroboShare back in Feb and that has worked out well for backups.
Now I have just gotten my 2nd gen Drobo and on the iMac (Fw800) it just screams! I can open a raw photo in photoshop in 1/3 the time of the USB Drobo. It is fast enough to use for all my editing. I only have FW400 on my Vista box, but using IOmeter, I was still seeing read speeds of 44 MB/sec and write speeds of 32MB/sec.
This is a great improvement from Data Robotics!