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Data Robotics gives up and changes name to Drobo

Drobo-storage maker Data Robotics has changed its company name to Drobo. Drobo is a 4- and 8-bay desktop storage product that users can populate with hard drives they source themselves and which can be of dissimilar sizes. The box has a simple blue, green and red coloured light management system which signals when it is nearing …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jul 2011
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Data Robotics SuperSpeeds storage appliance

Data Robotics has added SuperSpeed USB 3.0 to its line up of expandable storage boxes, courtesy of a new model, the Drobo S. Data Robotics Drobo S Said unit has room for five 3.5in Sata hard drives, which are auto-partitioned in such a way as to allow you to keep adding fresh, larger-capacity disks on the fly and to protect …
Hard Reg, 16 Nov 2010
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Data Robotics CEO change no big deal

The surprise CEO transition at Data Robotics shouldn't have been a surprise, according to the man who should know - the now ex-CEO Geoff Barrall. Data Robotics abruptly changed its CEO from founder Geoff Barrall to newcomer Tom Buiocchi on Monday last week, in an announcement that left out reasons for the CEO change and omitted …
Chris Mellor, 21 Dec 2009

Transporter upstart Connected Data could will merge with Drobo

Connected Data - the peer-to-peer, cloud-free, file sync 'n share Transporter-maker startup - could buy* Drobo, the supplier of the eponymous and absurdly easy to use protected file-storage devices. Both companies were founded by Geoff Barrall and he is currrently the CEO of Connected Data. Barrall also founded Drobo, whose …
Chris Mellor, 28 May 2013
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Data Robotics grows up for business

Data Robotics is growing up. It has boosted its Drobo storage products for business use, adding thin provisioning, SSD support, tiered data placement, a rackmount box, and a new interface. The Drobo product is known for extreme ease of use, users being able to populate it with 3.5-inch disk drives of any size, and its BeyondRAID …
Chris Mellor, 08 Feb 2011
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Data Robotics names new CEO

Data Robotics has hired Tom Buiocchi as its new CEO, replacing founder Geoff Barrall. Data Robotics produces the Drobo products, data robots that provide multi-drive external storage. Almost 100,000 Drobos have been sold, and founder Geoff Barral has been its CEO since 2005. Tom Buiocchi's last executive business role was at …
Chris Mellor, 14 Dec 2009
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VCs take a nasty cold bath on Drobo deal, leave Barrall 'delighted'

So here on the El Reg storage desk, people talk of little else but the Drobo-Connected Data merger at the moment. Just what exactly is the story there? It's interesting stuff. Take a look at our little timeline here: Drobo timeline - 2005 - Data Robotics founded - October 2005 - $6 million A-round funding - July 2006 - $12 …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jul 2013
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Where to now for the data robot?

Data Robotics has the great mass of business data centre computing closed off but the small business market is wide open and waiting for Drobo-isation. We talked to Tom Buiocchi, Data Robotics CEO, and also to Paul Thackeray, the EMEA VP, to get a picture of the Drobo company just after it had announced its refreshed 8-bay …
Chris Mellor, 15 Feb 2011
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Barrall, beam me up: 'Private cloud' biz builds Transporter device

Data Robotics (Drobo) and BlueArc founder Geoff Barrall's new small biz Connected Data has revealed itself after gaining $6m in A-round funding and cash from a Kickstarter launch. Connected Data's product is the Transporter, a 2.5-inch disk in a small conical desktop package, which copies files to other Transporters in a network …
Chris Mellor, 11 Feb 2013

Will Drobos support Thunderbolt?

Will Data Robotics Drobo storage support Intel's Thunderbolt USB 3.0 and FireWire 800 replacement technology? The company isn't saying. When asked this at CeBIT, Paul Thackeray, Data Robotics European head broke into song: "Thunderbolt and lightning - very, very frightening me. Galileo, Galileo." Thank you Queen, but I don't …
Chris Mellor, 03 Mar 2011
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EMC sidelines Data Domain boss

In a startling turn of events, EMC has apparently sidelined Data Domain boss Frank Slootman, who has led EMC's Backup and Recovery Systems (BRS) division since EMC acquired Data Domain, the leading deduplication systems vendor, in 2009. It's not a spoof announcement. Fifteen-year EMC staffer William "BJ" Jenkins replaces …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jan 2011

Beam us up! Upstart's Transporter whisks small biz from cloud madness

Connected Data has launched its cloud-free Transporter storage box in Europe. A second-generation version is due to go on sale in the US. The upstart hardware maker, which yesterday announced a merger with file storage firm Drobo, is betting that not everyone is keen on doing backup and storage over a distributed network owned …
Chris Mellor, 29 May 2013

Drobo 'data robot' revamped with Firewire

Data Robotics has launched the second generation of its Drobo "data storage robot", upping the unit's data-handling speed and adding a pair of Firewire 800 ports to the original's USB connector. It's all in the name of performance, DR said, and the fact that a fair few Drobo users are Mac owners. The 2G Drobo incorporates not …
Tony Smith, 08 Jul 2008
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Hitachi Data Systems gobbles BlueArc

At last. Hitachi Data Systems is buying hardware-accelerated filer supplier BlueArc for an undisclosed cash sum, leaving NetApp as the last significant man standing from the filer side of the industry and giving HDS a powerful file storage capability. An OEM relationship has been in place between HDS and BlueArc since 2006, and …
Chris Mellor, 08 Sep 2011
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Gridstore shafts rival Overland over a Barrall

Overland Storage has lost its guiding technology visionary, Geoff Barrall, to a stealthy startup and an exec chairman role at rival Gridstore. Gridstore produces grid-based scale-out filer storage for small and medium business (SMB). At Gridstore Barrall replaces now ex-chairman Dr Chris Horn, the co-founder of Iona Technologies …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jan 2012
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Overland's top tech guy: Great things ahead

We had the chance to talk to Geoff Barrall, the founder of BlueArc and Data Robotics, about his work at Overland Storage, where he is charge of product engineering. He came into Overland after having been his own boss for two decades but "realised that the challenges are very similar and found my feet". CEO Eric Kelly and sales …
Chris Mellor, 11 Feb 2011
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Drobo 'storage robot' gets integrated file sharing

Data Robotics has released a networkable version of its Drobo expandable storage system. Dubbed Drobo FS - 'FS' for 'file sharing' - the unit essentially combines the standard five-drive Drobo S desktop unit with the old DroboShare network add-on. Data Robotics Drobo FS That means a Gigabit Ethernet port, and support for …
Tony Smith, 06 Apr 2010

Storage 'robot' guards loads of data

Drobo is not much of a robot per se, but the little black box from California-based startup company Data Robotics does offer an interesting solution to external data storage. Data Robotics has opened up its RAID alternative today, targeting non-technical users awash in a sea of data. Conspicuously dubbed a "storage robot," the …
Austin Modine, 06 Jun 2007
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LaCie and Promise Thunderbolt their desktop storage

LaCie and Promise have announced desktop storage products using Intel's Thunderbolt 10Gbit/s interface. LaCie has a Thunderbolt version of its Little Big Disk, saying it is designed to store large audio and video files "with ultra-fast data transfer, complete system backup in minutes, and faster content editing than ever before …
Chris Mellor, 25 Feb 2011
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Drobos flying off the shelves

Nobody told Geoff Barrall's Data Robotics there was a recession. Sales have just doubled year-on-year in its second quarter, the company says. Privately held Data Robotics makes Drobo, a 4- or 8-slot external storage device with RAID-like protection, user-installable hard drives, and a virtualised block storage pool. It's also …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jul 2009
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Overland Storage reboots with product and tech drive

Why do people leave a successful startup and, rather than join another startup, join a mature and almost failed tape storage vendor – one that's escaped Nasdaq delisting by the skin of its teeth, twice, and has a share price determined to show that gravity exerts a downward force? We met Jillian Mansolf at SNW Europe 2010 in …
Chris Mellor, 02 Nov 2010
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HP whips out winsome threesome

HP has announced an Atom-powered entry-level NAS box for small business. The X300 Data Vault is a network-attached storage (NAS) product in a small tower form factor, and has a 2-core Atom 1.6GHz processor and holds up to four, "not-quite-hot-swap", 3.5-inch SATA drives offering 1TB - 7TB of capacity, 17TB if external storage is …
Chris Mellor, 03 Jun 2010
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Overland soups up SnapServer

Overland Storage has souped up its SnapServers with Drobo-style dynamic volume resizing and RAID. This is what the Nasdaq fuss is about. The new SnapServers can mix disk types and offer a single storage pool from which volumes are drawn and protected. There are two models – the DX1 and DX2 – which replace the existing 410 and …
Chris Mellor, 12 Oct 2011

Drobo storage 'robot' to deliver music, movies to UPnP devices

Data Robotics, developer of the Drobo storage "robot", will release code later this month that will allow the unit to stream content to UPnP and DLNA devices. Drobo is an exapandable external hard drive system that uses proprietary data resillience techniques to ensure that if any of the HDDs installed fails - it can take up to …
Tony Smith, 07 Jul 2008
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Drobo restrings boxes to double-up product range

Data Robotics has added two new products, enhancing both the basic Drobo and the more capable Drobo Pro. It now claims to provide the simplest and best value iSCSI SAN in the world. Drobo has - had - two products; the basic Drobo and Drobo Pro. These provide a protected and consolidated pool of storage that can withstand drive …
Chris Mellor, 23 Nov 2009

Drobo storage box gets NAS add-on

Data Robotics' Drobo may have a daft name, but it's a clever take on expandable external storage. And today, it became a NAS box too, courtesy of a clip-on network adaptor. Data Robotics' DroboShare Data Robotics' Drobo: expandable storage Drobo is a four-drive storage unit that allows you to plug in any SATA HDDs you've got …
Tony Smith, 14 Jan 2008
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Overland to cluster SnapServers

Overland Storage aims to cluster its SnapServers together, using assets it is buying from Maxiscale. This means customers will soon be able to grow SnapServer storage seamlessly to 10PB-plus levels. MaxiScale, which emerged from stealth-mode in September 2009, took in some $25m of funding, using the cash to develop its FLEX …
Chris Mellor, 14 Oct 2010
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Where are the next storage startup stars?

Have we witnessed the end of an era? Has the great storage company growth boom ended with a series of big bang acquisitions: 3PAR, Archivas, Compellent, Data Domain, Diligent, EqualLogic, Isilon, LeftHand Networks, Ocarina, Storwize and more? Over the last five years a whole swathe of up-and-coming storage companies has been …
Chris Mellor, 23 Feb 2011
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Coraid jumps on ZFS bandwagon

Coraid is adding a ZFS-based NAS appliance to its EtherDrive SAN array product, joining other companies like Compellent in using ZFS in this way. Coraid supplies block storage accessed over Ethernet using an ATA-over-Ethernet (AoE) protocol which is not routed, is lossless and doesn't need any storage protocols such as iSCSI or …
Chris Mellor, 19 May 2010
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How that Oracle and Pillar earn-out really works

Pillar investors will only receive cash from Oracle for the Pillar acquisition if Pillar revenues in 2014 exceed net losses from 2011 to 2014. The acquisition is structured so Oracle boss Larry Ellison's half billion dollar loan to Pillar is turned into preferred stock with other investors holding common stock. Larry gets 1.5 …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jun 2011
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Drobo doubles up storage robot capacity

Desktop external storage supplier Data Robotics has doubled up the slot capacity of its Drobo product to produce the 8-slot Drobo Pro, enabling it to sell networked block storage into markets served by low-end commodity NAS (network-attached storage) vendors such as Buffalo, Iomega, Seagate and others. The original Drobo product …
Chris Mellor, 07 Apr 2009
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Can Geoff Barrall help rescue Overland?

Overland Storage is still walking the tightrope. Its share price is back down where it was when a reverse stock split took place to evade the jaws of a Nasdaq delisting trap ($2.00). It's not down so low as to threaten its Nasdaq listing again but since April 9 it seems headed that way. CEO Eric Kelly has refinanced the company …
Chris Mellor, 27 May 2010

Addonics to strike big with matchbox NAS kit?

Want a really cheap way to build your own NAS rig? Enter Addonics' NAS Adapter, a $55 (£37/€42) dongle that connects any USB hard drive to your network. OK, it's not going to be a full replacement for a Netgear ReadyNAS or somesuch, but the tiny NASU2 does provide a handy way of adding an existing drive to a network. Addonics …
Tony Smith, 12 Dec 2008
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Does anyone really want to embed dedupe code?

Which storage OEMs will embed Ocarina or Permabit deduplication code in their products? Deduplication, or data reduction as it's becoming known, involves scanning data, whether in block or file, and replacing repeated block groups or chunks with pointers. Typically this is done with backed up file data, where there is lots of …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jun 2010
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Overland Storage gets new head marketeer

Recovering data protection vendor Overland Storage has recruited a new worldwide sales and marketing VP. The previous one, Ravi Pendekanti, is moving across to look after business development. Eric Kelly became Overland's CEO in January. He had been instrumental in persuading Overland to buy the Snap low-end NAS business from …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jul 2009
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Iomega announces StorCenter networked storage array

Iomega has announced the StorCenter ix12-300r 2U rackmount networked storage array for small and medium businesses and small enterprise workgroups, departments and distributed/branch offices. Jonathan Huberman, Iomega's president, said: "The StorCenter ix12-300r [fits] in the market segment between the current Iomega and EMC [ …
Chris Mellor, 05 May 2010
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Storage firm Drobo gets mysterious cash injection

Drobo, the supplier of stylish 4- or 8-bay add your own drives external storage boxes, has raised $10m in an E-round funding exercise. Quite why is not obvious, since the company is shipping product like a tropical storm. It had 100 per cent worldwide sales growth in the second quarter of 2008, and has had double-digit growth in …
Chris Mellor, 02 Nov 2009

DroboShare network storage 'robot'

Network-attached storage (NAS) boxes are all very well, but they're not what you'd call user friendly. Arch-geeks love 'em for storing and streaming content, but a fair few folk would prefer a simpler yet equally robust way of making storage available on a network. Enter Data Robotics' oddly named Drobo, an external storage …
Tony Smith, 20 Mar 2008
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Who could the big storage beasts be looking to buy?

The big beasts of storage - Broadcom, Dell, EMC, HP and NetApp - are on the prowl, and could be looking for new targets to snap up. EMC recently snared Data Domain, but is always hungry - NetApp missed out, so it must be still looking. Broadcom wanted to buy Emulex but couldn't, so is hunting again. Dell has a well-publicised …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jul 2009
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Vendors applaud fanboi-lite Macworld

The first Macworld Expo without Apple at its core wrapped up over the weekend in San Francisco. And despite the, shall we say, "more intimate" nature of the event, vendors with whom The Reg spoke were uniformly positive. Attendance was down - way down, to around 20,000 compared to previous years' 50K. And joining Apple in …
Rik Myslewski, 15 Feb 2010

Western Digital ShareSpace 4TB NAS box

Western Digital has been selling external hard drives for ages, most notably its MyBook range. That line-up has included NAS boxes, the MyBook World Edition series, but now, here comes their big brother. There's a sense in which the networkable MyBooks are simply multi-users hard drives ready for backing up and file swapping in …
Tony Smith, 30 Sep 2008