It was love at first sight with Drobo. The smart hard drive enclosure was the (albeit more expensive than we had hoped) answer to our questions of "Why doesn’t someone make a smart NAS with good expandability and let me worry about getting the drives. Make it have easy to configure setup and expandable while you are at it?"
Drobo has been getting a little better and better for the past year. First a Firewire 800 version, then Droboshare, a stand alone Drobo NAS maker (Can control two Drobos). Now Drobo has gone and become a platform with Drobo Apps.
Drobo is based on Linux and the developers have opened the platform for the development of little bits of functionality done by 3rd party programmers. Currently there are about 30 apps. Favorites include:
- Yoics – Remote access to your Drobo and DroboShare from a web browser or mobile device like the iPhone
- Firefly iTunes Media Server
- Web, NFS, Rsync and FTP servers
The Drobo development SDK is available in case you have the next great NAS idea.