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Reviews and Problems with Drobo B1200i

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Overall 6

Not ready for Hyper-V Cluster

Sean M., Newegg
17 June 2013
  • 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. The replacement controller card lost network connectivity 2 weeks after installation.
  • 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 in its storage to run notably slow. This caused serious problems in our production environment where server based applications frequently crash or fail to start due to delays i...
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