[quote=“geeji, post:11, topic:646”]
Actually, I am close to thinking DRI made a design error : even the base Drobo should have 5 disks slots, including 1 always free during normal operations. This slot would be used only for inserting a new disk during relayout. The removal of the disk to be replaced by the new one would be done ONLY after relayout is notified as successful, thus avoiding 1 week or more of non-protected data (furthermore during the most stressful activity period).
For sure, you get the same benefit from Drobo Pro, but the price point is totally different and largely inadequate for individual users. 4 disks Drobo was right where it should be, which made its success, except that relayout failures are frightening and seem to be far from exceptional, considering the number of forums entries on the subject, although some had happier ends.[/quote]
Somebody (Jennifer ?) at DRI must have had a good laugh if (s)he read my post of 2 weeks ago : the 5 slots, 2 failures capability is exactly what is corrected in the newly announced Drobo-S !!
I guess we also got our final answer about unreliable relayouts : DRI will not make any serious effort to correct the unreliable relayout of the Drobo since they prefer to sell the new Drobo-S… at twice the Drobo price :-(.
That is definitely pricey for only one more slot : +25% would have been fairer than +97%, especially to correct what DRI now implicitly recognizes as a design flow.
At the minimum, they should offer a (very) large discount to original Drobo owners, which supported DRI with their good money those last years and discovered the hard way Drobo was not as good DRI marketing literature would like us to believe…
That would provide DRI with the added benefit of fast ramp-up and plenty of early beta testers…
Keeping the flawed Drobo as a cheap entry point may create them problems down the line when too many customers irretrievably loose data during failed relayouts.
I am very disappointed DRI is not rewarding early Drobo adopters by not even making available an improved Drobo software, including the self-healing “scrubbing” software available only on Drobo-Pro and Drobo-S.
Also, I see nothing in the Drobo-S datasheet about improved relayout time, which probably means it is as bad as ever : the additional “S” is definitely not meant for speed…
Although I like the Drobo concept, I will give long hard thoughts about upgrading to Drobo-S at that price or switching to an other RAID : at that point I have lost a lot of the confidence I initially had in the Drobo, and the lack of candor of DRI on those issues did not help at all.