I’m a iMac/Win7 user transiting away from Windows Home Server to handle the 7 systems we have. WHS works and the only reason for the move is the dropping of drive extender in V2 and the belief MS will abandon the software in the near future.
The ability to combine WIN/OSX backups on one server also makes sense.
I’ve had the Drobo FS for about 3 days and most of the problems I had getting everything set up were my own fault.
Looking at the technology - really a great piece of equipment. Mechanically and electronically well designed. The fit and finish is superb.
On the other side, the software is the pits.
It’s fairly clear that Drobo is a hardward company with software tacked on.
While the latest Dashboard is a great improvement, it’s still all beauty and no brains. DroboApps is virtually worthless and one wonders why the development community hasn’t embraced the Drobo more than it has.
It needs a web interface, it needs a way to sync local files (as they change) besides DroboCopy and it needs a system wide backup/restore option.
One only need to look to Apple for an example of good software to go with good hardware, or to MS Windows Home Server for a dashboard that beings everything together.
Am I sorry I bought it?
As Drobo moves from a local storage option to a network mindset I expect those improvements to come.