I wanted a Drobo S but don’t want to dedicate a PC for it. Then the Drobo FS seem to solve that, but now I realized I want to run an app that DroboApp will probably never have: a backup client to an online backup service like Carbonite or Mozy.
Does anyone have experience with a low powered esata supporting computer? The Dell Zino comes to mind. I will only use the host PC for running the backup software and file sharing. Since I will be leaving it on all the time, I want it to be low powered. Perhaps also one of those ATOM based systems, but I’m not sure if they have esata.
And another benefit to having a full PC is that I can have software that will automatically moved to the recycle bin the files that network clients delete. This way, I can easily undo accidents. Some other NAS units support a network recycle bin but not the Drobo FS (yet).
But a big downside is having to worry about maintaining the OS and the harddrive it’s on, but I suppose if it completely fries, I can still attach the Drobo S directly to another computer.