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Drobo B800i 8-Bay iSCSI SAN Enclosure Beyond RAID Array


Easiest-to-Use iSCSI Array ... Period

Built on proven BeyondRAID technology, the Drobo B800i delivers award-winning iSCSI SAN storage and advanced capabilities usually reserved for more expensive enterprise solutions. In fact, the Drobo B800i recently won the Editor's Choice Award from Storage Review.

The Drobo B800i is optimized for small businesses to provide reliable and high-performance storage to servers running applications like file services, data protection, email, and server virtualisation. It integrates seamlessly into your TCP/IP network infrastructure and utilizes the industry-standard iSCSI protocol to provide simple, consolidated storage for your servers.

Drobo BeyondRAID

A Drobo B800i iSCSI array can hold up to 24TB of raw storage and beyond. To add capacity, simply insert a new hard drive or replace your smallest drive with a larger one, even when all drive bays are full. Unlike traditional RAID systems, the BeyondRAID technology in Drobo enables you to leverage different drive capacities, allowing for continuous expansion as larger drives become available. With Drobo, expansion is automatic and instantaneous and access to data is always maintained. Learn more about BeyondRAID and other Drobo innovative technologies.

Smart Volumes with Thin Provisioning

Create new volumes up to 16TB in seconds and manage them over time with ease. The innovative and time-saving Smart Volume management technology with Thin Provisioning integrated into the Drobo B800i allows volumes to pull storage from the common pool of disks rather than a specific physical disk allocation. The labor of resizing and migrating volumes is replaced with the simplicity of intelligent engineering. Learn more about Thin Provisioning.

Protection from Two Drive Failures

Enable the dual-drive redundancy option to protect your data from failure of up to two hard drives. It's all done with a single click and without ever losing access to your data. Running out of space? Switch back to single-drive redundancy at any time. Unlike moving between traditional RAID 5 and RAID 6, there's no need to reformat or migrate data from the Drobo B800i, potentially saving you hours or days of downtime.

Optimizing Business Applications

Similar to business applications, Drobo is ideal for building your first scalable backup server or server virtualization cluster. It has been certified for VMware vSphere, Symantec Backup Exec, Veeam Backup, and Citrix XenServer environments. To learn more about Drobo business solutions, click here. Listen to or download solution webcasts with guest experts here.

iscsi san connection

Unfamiliar with iSCSI? It's a high-performance protocol that's become extremely popular storage networking technology in IT environments, but it can often be complex to manage. Drobo B800i changes that by introducing zero-click iSCSI configuration for both Windows and Mac OS X servers.

With an iSCSI SAN, centralized storage is provided to each server over a high-speed Ethernet network and storage can be allocated or expanded instantaneously. Also, no single server can tie up free space and there are fewer storage devices to maintain. Learn more about iSCSI SANs.

Rack Mount Ready, Desktop Quiet

Drobo B800i can be deployed in a server room for IT use or on a desktop for workgroup sharing of storage, thanks to its compact design and quiet operation. Dual smart fans automatically manage their speeds to optimize cooling and minimize operating noise. (Drobo B800i Rack Mount sold separately.)



Dual Gigabit Ethernet, USB 2.0 (for initial configuration only)


8 drive bays
3.5 inch SATA II / SATA III drives
Expandable by adding drives or hot-swapping drives with larger ones. Use the Capacity Calculator to estimate available storage in various configurations

BeyondRAID Features

Thin Provisioning
Instant Expansion
Mixed Drive Size Utilization
Automatic Protection Levels
Dual Disk Redundancy
Virtual Hot Spare
Data Aware
Drive Re-ordering

Additional Software Features

Smart Volumes (LUNs, up to 255)
Drive Spin Down
Drobo Copy


One (1) year warranty in the US or outside the EU or two (2) year warranty in the EU(as provided by EU law)

Network Protocols

CHAP Authentication

Ethernet Features

Connection Failover
Jumbo frames (up to 9000 bytes MTU)


Drive bay indicator lights, capacity gauge, status lights
Drobo Dashboard version 2.0 or later

Operating System Support

Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later (Intel Only)
Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later (Intel Only)
Mac OS X 10.7.0 or later (Intel Only)
Mac OS X Server 10.5.8 or later (Intel Only)
Mac OS X Server 10.6.8 or later (Intel Only)
Windows 7 SP1 32 and 64 bit
Windows Vista SP1 32 and 64 bit
Windows XP SP3 32 and 64 bit
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 64 bit
Windows Server 2003 R2 SP1 32 and 64 bit
VMware vSphere 4.1.x (ESXi)
Citrix XenServer 5.6

Hardware Features

Carrier-less Drive Bays
Rack Mount Kit (optional)
Kensington Lock Port for Security
(lock not included)

Size and Weight

Desktop or 3U rack mount form factor
(rack mount kit optional)
Width: 12.17 in (309.1 mm)
Height: 5.46 in (138.7 mm)
Depth: 14.1 in (358.1 mm)
Weight: 16 lb 3 oz (without hard drives or packaging)

Power and Cooling

Internal Power Supply: AC Input - 100/240 VAC, 1.8/0.75 A, 50/60 Hz
Power Consumption - Idle System (standby, drives off): 13 watts
Power Consumption - Typical Idle System (drive spin down mode, 8 drives): 25 watts
Power Consumption - Typical Busy System (4 drives): 82 watts
Dual, fixed cooling fans


Acoustics - Normal Operation: 30.4 dB
Operating Temperature: 10C - 35C
(50 - 95F)
Non-Operating Temperature (storage):
-10 - 60C (14 - 140F)
Operating Humidity: 5% - 80%


Environmental: RoHS, WEEE, REACH
Regulatory: FCC Part 15 Class B;
Canada ICES-003 Class B; CE Mark; CISPR22:19973rd Edition 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 B800i
6 ft USB 2.0 cable
2 x 6 ft Ethernet cables
6 ft power cord
Quick Start Card
Getting Started Guide (printed)
Drobo Resource CD, which includes the Drobo Dashboard application

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  • Model: DR-B800I-2A31
  • Shipping Weight: 10Kg
  • 2 Units in Stock
  • Manufactured by: drobo

This product was added to our catalog on Monday 18 February, 2013.

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