i might be the only one to have a drobo fs, using it mainly with linux. (ubuntu 10.10)
i had a lot of disappointement when i first tryed to make it work. it work right out of the box, but tools to configure it, not really. You have to run the Drobo Dashboard on a virtual machine.
I didn’t want to use the windows share, because of the filenames limitations, so i’m using it with the uNFS app.
the big problem is the lack of support for NFS, and the lack of tools for the drobo under linux.
People have to know that NFS works fine, as long as your drobo still awake. never use the “sleep” option, or your data would be corrupted. Transfert rate are near 20 to 30 Mbit/s for big files, wich i heard, are normal. (it’s my first NAS)
With the lack of Drobo Dashboard, you have to be carrefull to not going further your disk. Also, you can’t even reboot it, or halt it without going to the virtual machine, or manually turn it off. Another point is that uNFS is no longer maintained since years, so i hope… one day… NFS will be in the firmware of the Drobo.
Despite those drawback, it works fine.
Remember to install the autofs package when using it trough wifi, you’ll not have to mount it manually everytime you connect to your network.