I know you’re not the designer, and it’s not your fault, but I have issue with Drobo’s decision on this. How can it not be designed as a NAS? Its prime feature is iSCSI. It’s certified for VMWare, and can be shared by multiple ESX hosts. Why would Drobo go through the trouble of VMWare certification for a simple direct attached storage device? It’s even rack-mountable, implying that it’s enterprise-grade. It’s clearly a NAS that has a few features disabled and a poor UI just so it can be called a DAS.
I’m not asking for major features to be added. For a $1500 product, I think you guys could enable jumbo frames. Many generic network cards support it, so I’m sure it can be done via a minor firmware update. Even as a DAS, jumbo frame support could greatly improve network performance.