Data Robotics, the makers of Drobo, self-managing storage, has announced DroboPro FS. The news storage solution offers eight-bay capacity for 3.5" SATA I or SATA II hard disk drives, with no carriers required and the ability to mix and match capacities, disk brands and speeds.

Building on the success of the award-winning Drobo FS, introduced in April 2010, the DroboPro FS comes with a newly integrated Drobo Sync application, and is tailored to enable small businesses to deploy network storage and offsite backup without complexity insists the company.

Additionally, the DroboPro FS features what Data Robotics calls pay-as-you-grow storage capacity. Small businesses can add new SATA hard drives or by replacing the smallest drive with larger ones as the company grows and becomes more demanding on storage. The DroboPro FS comes with eight drive bays.

Every DroboPro FS includes a new Drobo Sync application that will automatically backup - locally or remotely - all data to another DroboPro FS. Drobo Sync only transmits portions of files that have changed, while allowing backups to be conveniently scheduled.

DroboPro FS

"We are reinventing storage solutions that meet the specific requirements of small business owners," said Tom Buiocchi, CEO of Data Robotics.

"Your typical small business needs data storage and protection, but has limited budget and technical resources.  We provide the smart alternative to the overly complex and expensive solutions being offered. The DroboPro FS delivers ease of use, functionality, and affordability that many small businesses did not know could exist in a single solution."

DroboPro FS has a starting price of £1,279/€1,499 excluding VAT. A complete list of retail partners can be found at

The DroboPro FS connects directly to any Gigabit Ethernet network and supports Apple, Linux and Microsoft computer systems. System requirements are Mac OS X 10.5.6 or greater (Intel Only), Mac OS X Server 10.5.6 or greater (Intel Only), Linux (currently in Beta), Windows 7, Windows XP (Service Pack 3), Windows Vista (Service Pack 1), Windows 2008 Server and Windows 2003 Server.