Drobo SAN for Business B1200i - hard drive array - Gigabit Ethernet (iSCSI)

Mfg. Part: DR-B1200I-1A21-D06 | CDW Part: 2450103 | UNSPSC: 43201802
$6,795.99Advertised Price
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  • Hard drive array
  • 12 TB
  • 12 bays ( SATA-300 / SAS )
  • 6 x HD 2 TB
  • Gigabit Ethernet (external)
  • rack-mountable
  • 3U Gigabit Ethernet (iSCSI)
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Product Overview
Main Features
  • Hard drive array
  • 12 TB
  • 12 bays ( SATA-300 / SAS )
  • 6 x HD 2 TB
  • Gigabit Ethernet (external)
  • rack-mountable
  • 3U Gigabit Ethernet (iSCSI)
The Drobo model B1200i combines the most advanced storage technology with Drobo ease-of-use and affordability. Designed for business applications such as VMware, Microsoft Exchange, and backup, the Drobo B1200i offers another fundamental breakthrough with Automated Data-Aware Tiering technology. This innovation enables Drobo to automatically optimize performance over a mix of SAS and SSD drives within a single chassis. Performance levels adapt to your workloads in real time (no knobs, no tuning, no waiting), making it truly application-driven, not admin-driven! The Drobo B1200i also includes 12-bay SAN (iSCSI-attached) capabilities for up to 24TB, with dual redundant power and other hardware redundancy, patented BeyondRAID technology for the world's most automated data protection, as well as thin provisioning and thin reclamation capabilities to optimize your capacity and expandability needs.
Technical Specifications
Specifications are provided by the manufacturer. Refer to the manufacturer for an explanation of the print speed and other ratings.
Bay Provided
Form Factor: 3.5"
Free Qty: 6
Total Qty: 12

Brand: Drobo
Compatibility: Mac , PC
Manufacturer: Drobo
Model: B1200i
Packaged Quantity: 1
Product Line: Drobo SAN for Business

Interface Provided
Connector Type: RJ-45
Interface (Storage): Ethernet 1000Base-T
Qty: 3

Purpose Location: Management
Qty: 1

Height (Rack Units): 3

Power Device
Hot-Plug: Hot-plug
Installed Qty: 2
Max Supported Qty: 2
Power Redundancy: Yes
Power Redundancy Scheme: 1+1
Type: Internal power supply

Type: Drobo Dashboard

HDD Array External Interface: Gigabit Ethernet
HDD Array External Interface Class: iSCSI
Host Channels: 3
Maximum LUNs: 255
Rack-mountable: Rack-mountable
Total Array Capacity: 12 TB
Type: Hard drive array

Storage Controller
Bus Type: Gigabit Ethernet
Channel Qty: 12
Data Transfer Rate: 300 MBps
Form Factor: Integrated
Interface Type: Serial ATA-300 / SAS
Max Storage Devices Qty: 12
Type: Serial Attached SCSI

Storage Hard Drive
Capacity: 2 TB
Interface Type: Serial Attached SCSI

System Requirements
Min Operating System: Apple MacOS X 10.5.8 or later , Apple MacOS X Server 10.5.8 or later , Microsoft Windows 7 (32/64 bits) SP1 , Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 (32/64-bits) SP1 , Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 Edition SP1 , Microsoft Windows Vista (32/64 bits) SP1 , Microsoft Windows XP (32/64 bits) SP1

Installed Devices Modules Qty: 6
Supported Devices Modules Qty: 12
Supported Interface: Serial ATA-300 / SAS

Dimensions & Weight
Depth: 21.9 in
Height: 5.2 in
Weight: 46.96 lbs
Width: 17.2 in

Expansion Bays
Form Factor (metric): 8.9 cm
Type: Hot-swap

Hard Drive
Enclosure Type: Plug-in module
Hot-Swap: Hot-swap
Installed Qty: 6
Spindle Speed: 7200 rpm
Type: HDD

Product Reviews
Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 5reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by A great entry level unit or a great unit at any level. I have mine stacked with three SSDs to boost it just that much more. This bad boy is chucked full of drives and just keeps on going and going. I have had my unit on going on four years now and have never had any issues with it. A great buy from small to medium business. November 6, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Drobo, not a bad box if you only have one system you want to keep updated and backed up. Bad if you have a whole slew of systems, I would go with a stand alone NAS. September 13, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Deployed an HA VMware cluster on the B1200i using 2x Dell R905's and a Dell PowerConnect Gb switch. The iSCSI SAN has 3 Gbps iSCSI ports and 1 management port. The firmware allows for tiered storage to be enabled using the faster SSD's to manage the hot bits and using the traditional spindle drives to house the cold bits.Pros- Easy setup and deployment- No need to VMware Storage IO control (enterprise only)- No custom drives required- SSD Tiered Storage- Dual Disk Redundancy across entire array- Price!!!!!!!Cons- Struggles with consistent higher IOPS (> 1000)- Heavy SQL usage not recommended- Requires occasional maintenance window for firmware to defrag LUNS- Not for EnterpriseConclusionI would HIGHLY recommend any small to medium business to use the Drobo B1200i. It is a fast, reliable and most importantly affordable iSCSI SAN that can quickly deliver high availability to almost any network. June 14, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Replaced a B800i with this. Very happy! Great unit, 4 iSCSI ports + 1 dedicated management port. Very fast with the SSD tier enabled. Built very well with a lot of thought put in for the Admin (i.e. comes with a pre-install tray to make racking the unit easier)Many features the b800i doesn't have, like dual PS, removable everything, and a hero kit you can order and put on a shelf just in case. May 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Best value for your dollar! Drobo provides more intelligent storage for backup solutions and for most all your storage needs at a lower cost than other intelligent SAN’s. We have six of the B1200i solutions located in two states that we are using as a secondary SAN storage alongside our NetApp that can be completely managed from one single screen. It takes about 30 minutes from the time a new system is delivered to your first data transfer. October 26, 2012
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