Gen 1 Drobo vs. Lion? - "Sayonara, suckah!"

The new page on how to use your Drobo under Lion has an entry under “Gen 1 Drobo” that points to another entry.

That entry is on End of Life dates for Drobo products.

In other words, “Sayonara, suckah!”

To which I’m more or less forced to say, “Konnichiwa, ReadyNAS!” Or maybe QNap. At least I can re-use the drives.

This is confused and bizarre.

The page here: http://support.drobo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/602#Is_my_Drobo_compatible_with_Lion? says, yes, your Drobo is compatible with Lion, with no qualifications. It tells you to go get Dashboard 2.0.3, which I did and it works fine on 10.6.8, I installed it this morning.

However, the page here: http://support.drobo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/602#Does_my_Gen_1_Drobo_work_on_Lion? as @Mr. Protocol says links to KB articles, one of which ( http://support.drobo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/594/kw/594 ) is an end-of life announcement on the Drobo Gen 1 and DroboShare, where they say there are no more Dashboard releases that support it after July 26, 2010 (which there clearly have been) and no more firmware releases after August 11, 2010 (which there BETTER had be, see other threads on 4-bay 3TB+ support).

What’s the real story, Drobo?

Whoops, gaaaah, that’s all my fault. I take it all back, it looks like they’re doing the Right Thing for Gen 1 owners. Thank heavens, and Drobo Inc, I’m very, very sorry.

Moderator has my permission to delete this entire thread (and allow me to wipe this egg off my face).[hr]
That is, if there’s some version of Drobo Dashboard that’ll both talk to a Gen 1 Drobo and also run under Lion… Otherwise we’ll have to keep an old machine around just to change settings on, or reformat, the Drobo.

This gets stranger. The page referred to above has been edited now ( http://support.drobo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/602#Does_my_Gen_1_Drobo_work_on_Lion? ) to clarify that although the Gen 1 is unsupported, they will still do critical updates, and that we need new Lion compatible firmare before we can do any volume management, formatting, etc. I wonder if that will be combined with the 3TB support?

I think their “clarification” has actually de-clarified the Gen 1 situation a bit…

It sounds to me as if Lion has vastly rewritten the low-level disk routines, and that the Drobo firmware that interfaces to these routines must likewise be rewritten. That, Drobo is prepared to do. What they’re not prepared to do is to refit an older version of Drobo Dashboard to run under Lion, or refit the current Drobo Dashboard to talk to a Gen 1 Drobo.

The solution, it would seem, is to 1) keep an older version of OS X around, perhaps on an external drive, to be able to run a Gen-1-capable Dashboard, or 2) run OS X in a VM under an emulator, which many people are planning to do anyway to be able to continue running programs that require Rosetta, or 3) give up, buy a ReadyNAS, and shove the Gen 1 Drobo drives into it for reformatting.

Bumping this one back up as well. http://support.drobo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/602#Does_my_Gen_1_Drobo_work_on_Lion? still says there’s firmware coming for Lion support with V1, and I’m still looking for an ETA.