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B1200i
Built on proven BeyondRAID technology, this is applicationoptimized storage for small and medium sized businesses
Built on proven BeyondRAIDTM technology, coupled
with hybrid storage and innovative data tiering, the
Drobo B1200i delivers a level of automation and
technical sophistication usually reserved for more
expensive enterprise solutions. And, this product is
as easy to use as a personal Drobo.
The Drobo B1200i is perfect for small and
medium sized businesses. It provides reliable,
high-performance, and self-optimizing storage for
server virtualization, email, and data protection.
It integrates seamlessly into a TCP/IP network
infrastructure and utilizes the industry-standard
iSCSI protocol to provide powerful, yet simple,
consolidated storage for your IT environment.
BeyondRAID Technology
A Drobo B1200i iSCSI array can hold up to 72TB
of raw storage. To expand the storage capacity
of an array, BeyondRAID enables additional
disk drives to be inserted into empty drive
bays. These new drives will automatically and
transparently be configured for use in the array
without user intervention. However, if all drive
bays are occupied, simply replace the smallest
capacity drive with a higher capacity one and
BeyondRAID will do the rest.
Unlike traditional RAID arrays, the BeyondRAID
technology in Drobo enables different drive
capacities to work in the same unit. This enables
future expansion as larger SAS and SATA drives
become available. With Drobo, access to data
is always maintained while it protects against
simultaneous drive failures.
Hybrid Storage & Tiering
The Drobo B1200i moves beyond manually
tuning an array for applications that have
different storage requirements. Its ability to
automatically tier frequently used transactional
data from stored data that’s seldom used
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enables businesses to consolidate storage
resources, and share that storage across all
connected servers and their applications.
When using the hybrid storage option, Drobo
leverages high-capacity hard disk drives (HDDs)
and high-performance solid state drives (SSDs)
to deliver application-optimized storage solution
that requires no manual tuning.
Drobo Dashboard
Drobo Dashboard is the single tool to
centrally manage all of your Drobos.
Drobo Dashboard displays status as if all
of your Drobos were right in front of you
with the same status lights and capacity
gauge that are on the front panel. All
administration tasks are a single click
away. Simply, it’s the easiest way to
configure and manage business-class
storage.
Storage Pools
Drobo B1200i storage pools have increased as
disk drive suppliers have grown the capacity of
their Enterprise quality SAS and SATA drives.
This Drobo supports a storage pool of 128TBs.
Smart Volumes & Thin Provisioning
Quickly create new volumes, up to 64TB in size,
and manage them with ease. The innovative
and timesaving Smart VolumesTM management
technology with Thin Provisioning integrated
into the Drobo B1200i allows the creation of
up to 255 volumes. These volumes pull storage
from the common pool of disks rather than silo’s
of physical disks.
failure. This ensures maximum uptimes and
delivers a higher level of availability demanded
by virtualized IT environments.
Optimizing Business Applications
Similar to business applications, Drobo is ideal
for building a server virtualization cluster, highly
available email server, or scalable backup server.
Drobo technology has been certified for VMware
vSphere, Symantec Backup Exec, and Veeam
Backup environments.
Designed for IT Environments
The B1200i is the first Drobo with serviceable
modular components: removable controller card;
dual-redundant, hot-swappable power supplies;
and a hot-swappable cooling fan unit. You can
source field replaceable units in advance, to
protect against a single hardware component
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B1200i Data Sheet
Specifications
Connectivity
–– 4 x Gigabit Ethernet ports (one dedicated to management)
Hardware Features
–– Carrier-less drive bays for 3.5” drives
–– Field replaceable controller card, power supplies
and cooling fan unit
Drives and
Expansion
–– Up to 12 3.5”SAS 1/2 or SATA I/II/III hard drives or
up to 3 solid state drives (with up to 9 hard drives).
–– Drives of any manufacturer, capacity, spindle speed
and/or cache can be used. No tools or carriers
required for 2.5” SSDs.
–– Expandable by adding drives or hot-swapping existing drives with larger ones
Additional Software
Features
–– Hybrid Storage
–– Automated data tiering (available in firmware
version 1.1.0 or higher)
–– Smart Volumes (LUNs, up to 255)
–– Drive Spin Down
BeyondRAID
Features
–– Thin Provisioning
–– Instant Expansion
–– Mixed Drive Size Utilization
–– Automatic Protection Levels
–– Single or Dual Disk Redundancy
–– Virtual Hot Spare
–– Data Aware
–– Drive Re-ordering
Size and Weight
–– 3U Rack Mount Form Factor (rack mount kit
included)
–– Width: 17.17 in (436.1 mm)
–– Height: 5.2 in (132.1 mm)
–– Depth: 21.85 in (555 mm)
–– Weight: 47 lb (21.3 kg) without hard drives, power
supply or packaging
Management
–– Drive bay indicator lights, capacity gauge, status
lights
–– Drobo Dashboard version 2.0 or later
Warranty
–– One (1) year warranty in the US or outside the EU or
two (2) year warranty in the EU
Operating System
Support
–– Mac OS X 10.6 and higher
–– Windows 8/8.1 32- and 64-bit
–– Windows 7 32- and 64-bit
–– Windows XP SP3 32- and 64-bit
–– Windows Server 2012 32- and 64-bit
–– Windows Server 2008 R2 32- and 64-bit
–– Windows Server 2003 32- and 64-bit
–– Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 (Intel only)
–– VMware vSphere 5.0 U3-5.1 U2 (ESXi)
Power and Cooling
–– 3U Rack Mount Form Factor (rack mount kit
included)
–– Width: 17.17 in (436.1 mm)
–– Height: 5.2 in (132.1 mm)
–– Depth: 21.85 in (555 mm)
–– Weight: 47lb (21.3 kg) without hard drives, power
supply or packaging
File Systems
Supported
–– Mac OS X: HFS+
–– Windows: NTFS
–– Linux: ext3
–– VMware: VMFS
Environmental
Specifications
–– Operating Temperature: 10°C – 35°C (50° – 95°F) –
Non-Operating Temperature (storage): -10° – 60°C
(14° – 140°F)
–– Operating Humidity: 20% – 80%
Network Protocols
–– iSCSI
–– CHAP Authentication
Ethernet Features
–– Connection failover
–– Jumbo frames (up to 9000 bytes MTU)
Certifications
–– Environmental: RoHS, WEEE, REACH
–– Regulatory: FCC Part 15 Class A; Canada ICES-003
Class B; CE Mark; CISPR22 Class B; MIC Mark; VCCI
Approval to V.3; BSMI Approval to CNS13438; ACA
Approval to AS/NZS 3548
–– Safety: UL, cUL, TUV, CB
Box Contents
–– Drobo B1200i
–– 2 x 6ft (1.8 m) power cord with power supply
–– Rack mount parts
–– Rack Mount Installation Guide
–– Getting Started Guide
–– Drobo Resource CD, which includes the Drobo
Dashboard application
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