Excerpt: I've had my b1200i for about 3 years now - when I bought it was closer to 10k, so at the current price it is a steal. I have 4 video editing suites hooked up to it. We had it filled with 9x2tb enterprise drives, but they filled up quick - we now have 7x 5tb drives in it and 5x 2tb drives in it.
Easily worst enterprise-level product experience I've ever had
2 June 2015
Summary: Initially a huge fan but after spending $14,000 on our B1200i Drobo refused to offer any support after only 15 months (Drobo only offers a 1-year warranty, even on the enterprise class products) Drobo would not even let me pay for support.
Cons: Drobo rebooted itself, so we opened a ticket with support. 17 days later they still don't know what happened. With that type of reliability this shouldn't be used for any virtual machines just network storage.
Pros: The Drobo system is never a let down, This is a great system to have for small-medium business owners and users. The Drobo dashboard is a nice tool to use but you need to know about networking in order to use this system over a larger network.
Cons: So Drobo likes to sell their systems as plug and go's but they are not a walk in the park at all. We are a OSX company and you need to have a SAN iSCSI initiator program if you read into the setup of the B1200i system. This is the only way you can configure the drobo and ports on the back. Window...
Summary: I'm not sure this product is exactly enterprise ready unless you have like 5 people or less. We have 8 of these in different offices loaded with Vsphere 5. Worst idea ever! It can't handle light load of DNS and small fileserver for an office of 20 users.
Summary: When Drobo announced support for Windows Cluster storage and Hyper-V I purchased this device for my company. It was pretty easy to set up and the promise of easy expansion over time was the main draw to this device.
Summary: In addition to the issues above, we have had a problem with this unit where the network interface would just shut down once a month, bringing our production servers down and requiring a reboot of the Drobo to reconnect. Drobo support addressed this with a replacement controller card.
Pros: Drobo's ability to automatically create, manage, and expand a storage array with very little configuration is impressive, as is Drobo's ability to use mixed size drives in a single array.
Cons: Drobo is significantly slower than a standard RAID based array. While the Drobo B1200i is now compatible with Windows Clustering and Hyper-V I would not recommend it for this application as it simply cannot perform fast enough for such a high performance task and will cause all virtual machines i...