Keep in mind that the RED Drive offloads at about 75MB/s. And, IMO, it's way too slow and cumbersome to seriously work off of.
...Kinda fits with the old "reliable, fast, cheap. Pick any two"
Beyond the complaints of sloooooooow, the Drobo also uses a proprietary system for it's "magical" RAID, so if the system goes down, data recovery is EXTREMELY painful (if not impossible).
I don't care how fast or slow the damn thing is, what they really need to change is the name. Drobo, indeed, who wants to own a product named Drobo, it even sounds slow...
I've never understood why anyone in the professional community would even look at a Drobo. Might be nice to use as a storage device for your finished projects, but if you are storing anything high quality like 1080p uncompressed you can forget about playing back off of a Drobo.
For editing, I use my much more professional and exceptional HDOne, which has great service from those guys, it's extremely fast and advisable to use for editing directly off it (much faster than one hard drive on your computer, which is unacceptably slow), and I have mine loaded with 8 x 1 TB drives with one redundant drive. One time, my HDOne was having issues connecting to the computer, it was apparently a problem with the unit itself and the power supply in it or something. In any case, the guy at CalDigit was awesome. He told me to remove my drives, send them back the HDOne unit, and they'd send me a new unit immediately. The unit arrived *the next day*, without them having even received my unit yet, and I was back up and running that fast! It was totally awesome and made me realize why you pay a premium for professional service and professional products. I can't say enough about what a great product they made and their fantastic service.
If you like cursing a lot, making sure stuff is always failing, having hard drives disapeer, having weird buggy software and horrible patches. If you want to feel like you are using a HASBRO PLAYSCHOOL BLOCKS to build a real HOUSE, then use the DROBO.
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