Drobo DR-B810I-3A31 8TB (8 x 1TB WD RED) 8 Bay Desktop SAN

  • 8TB (8 x 1TB WD RED) Drives Installed
  • Automated Data-Aware Tiering
  • Build an iSCSI SAN with Drobo
  • Optimized for Business
  • Rack Mount Ready, Desktop Quiet

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Mfr part code: DR-B810I-3A31/8TB-RED

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    Drobo DR-B810I-3A31 8TB (8 x 1TB WD RED) 8 Bay Desktop SAN Product Description

    The Drobo B810i disrupts IT economics by delivering advanced iSCSI SAN storage capabilities reserved for expensive enterprise solutions. It is optimized for small and medium-sized businesses that don't have dedicated IT support and it is used to simplify and consolidate both physical and virtual storage in a single array with "on-demand" ability to scale both capacity and performance. With Data-Aware Tiering, the B810i's ability to automatically tier frequently used transactional data from stored data that's seldom used enables businesses to consolidate storage resources, and share that storage across all connected clients and their applications. The B810i model allows for a more effective work collaboration, the storage of creative workflows, and a trustworthy, easy-to-use backup system.

    Leave Your Limitations Behind… Go BeyondRAID

    Built on our award-winning BeyondRAID technology, the Drobo B810i protects your data without any intervention - even in the event of multiple drive failures. You can even switch from single to dual disk redundancy with a single click, ensuring enterprise-level dual parity data protection when required. Drobo's with BeyondRAID are also self-healing and have virtual hot-spares. If a drive happens to fail, Drobo will automatically re-layout the data to return to a protected state without disruption.
    Drobo takes the up front guess work out of determining the amount of capacity you require. Buy the capacity you need today, and when you need more storage, simply replace your smallest drive with a larger one and immediately use that capacity in seconds. You can even mix and match drive brands, capacities and speeds.
    To further enhance your experience, every Drobo comes with Smart Volume technology. Smart Volumes are thinly provisioned volumes that automatically utilize capacity as needed from a common pool of storage. Additionally, as data is deleted, free capacity is returned to that common pool, immediately increasing the available capacity.
    BeyondRAID along with Smart Volumes deliver next-generation storage technology by bringing together enhanced data protection, reliability, expandability, and ease-of-use.

    Pain Free Expansion

    Expanding your storage capacity with a Drobo couldn't be easier. There's no long, risky process to add capacity to a Drobo - no need to go through the time consuming and complex administration of destroying your RAID sets and recreating with larger drives; and then finally restoring from your backup. When it's time to add storage capacity to a Drobo, simply insert additional disk drives or replace the smallest disks with larger ones. The unique, carrier-less drive-bay design results in efficient and pain free scalability that won't leave you running out of space when you need it most.
    If you're running low on space, the lights on the front of the Drobo B810i tell you exactly what to do. The innovative, user-friendly industrial design allows you to add or hot-swap larger capacity drives, without tools, on the fly, for storage expansion with zero downtime. Expand your capacity without missing a beat while safely storing, sharing and backing up all your data with ease and peace of mind. It's that simple!

    Automated Data-Aware Tiering

    The Drobo B810i moves beyond the days of manually tuning an array for applications that have different storage requirements. Automated Data-Aware Tiering leverages high-capacity hard disk drives (HDDs) paired with high-performance solid state drives (SSDs) to deliver application-optimized storage that requires no manual tuning.
    Data-Aware Tiering automatically and seamlessly migrates the most frequently accessed data to the faster SSD drives and the less accessed data to the high capacity hard disk drives. As data access patterns change, the data is automatically relocated to maximize performance while still benefiting from the large capacity drives.

    Build an iSCSI SAN with Drobo

    Unfamiliar with iSCSI? iSCSI is a popular high-performance protocol for deploying storage networking technology in IT environments. The problem: it can be very complex to manage. The Drobo B810i 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 Gigabit Ethernet network where it can be allocated or expanded instantaneously. Deploying a Drobo B810i eases iSCSI adoption, simplifies administration, and allows you to consolidate storage so you have fewer devices to manage.

    Optimized for Business

    The Drobo B810i is ideal for building your first scalable backup server or expanding your storage to your existing file servers. It integrates seamlessly into your TCP/IP network infrastructure and utilizes the industry-standard iSCSI protocol to provide simple, consolidated storage for your servers.

    Rack Mount Ready, Desktop Quiet

    Drobo B810i 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. You can even configure Drobo to spin down drives when they're not in use to further reduce noise and save energy. (Drobo B810i Rack Mount sold separately.)


    Our world-class DroboCare support offers powerful protection for all Drobo products. Whether you depend on Drobo for your photo collection or critical business data, our trained professionals are available around the clock to help. In addition to extending technical phone support, DroboCare offers a wide array of benefits over our standard warranty including migration assistance, expedited hardware and rescue kits to ensure you get everything you need, when you need it

    • 2 x Gigabit Ethernet ports for data
    • 1 x Gigabit Ethernet port for management
    Drives and Expansion
    • Up to eight (8) 3.5″ SATA or solid state drives (SSDs).
    • 4KN disk support
    • Drives of any manufacturer, capacity, spindle speed, and/or cache can be used.
    • No carriers or tools required for 2.5″ SSD carriers. 
    • Expandable by adding drives or hot-swapping drives with larger ones.
    BeyondRAID Features
    • Thin Provisioning
    • Instant Expansion
    • Mixed Drive Size Utilization
    • Background Data Integrity Scrubbing
    • Single or Dual-Disk Redundancy
    • Virtual Hot Spare
    • Data Aware
    • Drive Re-ordering
    • Drive bay indicator lights, capacity gauge, status lights
    • Drobo Dashboard version 2.8 or later
    • Drobo Dashboard email alerts
    Operating System Support
    • Mac OS X 10.8 and higher
    • Windows 10 32 and 64 bit
    • Windows 8/8.1 32 and 64 bit
    • Windows 7 32 and 64 bit
    • Windows Server 2012 32 and 64 bit
    • Windows Server 2008 R2 32 and 64 bit
    File Systems Supported
    • Mac OS X: HFS+
    • Windows: NTFS
    • VMware: VMFS
    Network Protocols
    • iSCSI
    • CHAP Authentication
    • MPIO Support
    Ethernet Features
    • Jumbo frames (up to 9000 bytes MTU)
    Hardware Features
    • Carrier-less Drive Bays for 3.5″ Drives
    • Rackmount Kit 19″
    Additional Software Features
    • Hybrid Storage
    • Automated Data-Aware Tiering
    • Automated Hot Data Cache
    • Drive Spin Down
    • Utilizing Lynux Version 3.2
    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 (7.4 kg) without hard drives, or packaging

    Technical Specifications


    Device Type Hard drive array
    Enclosure Type Rack-mountable - 3U


    Built-in Devices Led panel
    Supported Devices / Modules Qty 8
    Supported Drives SATA-600


    Total Array Capacity 8 TB
    HDD Array External Interface Gigabit Ethernet

    Storage Controller

    Type SATA (iSCSI)
    Interface Type SATA 6Gb/s
    Data Transfer Rate 600 MBps
    Max Storage Devices Qty 8

    Hard Drive

    Type HDD
    Capacity 8 x 1 TB

    Expansion / Connectivity

    Expansion Bays 8 (total) / 0 (free) x hot-swap - 3.5"
    Interfaces 2 x Ethernet 1000Base-T - RJ-45 ¦ 1 x Ethernet 1000Base-T (management) - RJ-45

    System Requirements

    OS Required Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 (32/64-bits), Microsoft Windows Server 2012 (32/64-bits), Apple MacOS X 10.9 or later, Microsoft Windows 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10 (32/64 bits)


    Features Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately), built-in 2 cooling fans
    Cables Included 3 x network cable - 1.8 m
    Software Included Drobo Dashboard
    Compliant Standards UL, TUV, VCCI, CISPR 22 Class B, cUL, CB, ICES-003 Class B, FCC Part 15 B, AS/NZS 3548, RoHS, WEEE, ACA, REACH


    Power Device Internal power supply
    Voltage Required AC 120/230 V - 50/60 Hz
    Power Consumption Operational 82 Watt
    Power Consumption Stand by 13 Watt

    Dimensions & Weight

    Width 30.91 cm
    Depth 35.81 cm
    Height 13.87 cm
    Weight 7.4 kg

    Environmental Parameters

    Min Operating Temperature 10 °C
    Max Operating Temperature 35 °C
    Humidity Range Operating 5 - 80%
    Sound Emission 30.4 dB

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