Excerpt: I bought the Drobo B800FS to replace a Sans Digital Raid 5 unit on which the entire array failed when I turned the unit off and replaced a failed drive. The B800 was installed with the same five 3TB Enterprise drives and booted up in about 10 minutes time. It then took me about 10 more minutes to load the Drobo Dashboard with the fixed IP address and figure out how to enable remote access from the computer and set other options.
Pros: Attractive Design, Easy To Set Up, Easy to use, High Capacity
Summary: my drobo, kept going down, kept having my computer repair guy repairing it, he finally could not get it up and running again, we called drobo for customer support, they offered none, they simply said, buy a new one, it was barely one year old.
Summary: The idea of building "zero administration" Network Attached Storage, which would automate configuration, rebuild the file system in case a drive fails, is pretty good. But execution is horrible. "Drobo dashboard" tries to isolate user (and administrator) from doing anything meaningful with the system... but since it itself is buggy and unreliable, administration of the device becomes a nightmare.
Summary: This product is slow. It doesn't have a web interface, rather you have to use a drobo application. It also uses a proprietary raid system. If you use this DROBO to backup Mac (time machine) and something happens (like the controller fails - happened to me) the drobo will not recover itself. I was a fan of drobo but now after using it for years, I do not recommend it.
Summary: This product was rubbish when it came to being used by my company's mac users. The windows users had few issues with it in terms of speed and reliability, but it turns out, there are longstanding and unresolved issues with the AFP and SMB protocols that the macs use to connect to the Drobo. First off: After using this device for 3 weeks and having to return it, would I recommend this product to a friend or colleague? * If they're a Windows User: Maybe.
Simple solution for those unwilling/unable to build a comparable file server
Randy Epstein, Amazon
15 February 2014
Summary: This is my first Amazon review ever, so please bear with me. Although I didn't purchase this product from Amazon, I'm a constant customer of Amazon for many years and take full advantage of my Amazon Prime membership on what seems to be a daily basis. I purchased this item when it was first released from a Data Robotics reseller. I only paid ~$1750 for it, which was a bargain based on what it's selling for now.