Drobo has just released two new drives, the svelte Dobo Mini and the beefier 5D. The Mini is a four-disk enclosure that takes 2.5” laptop drives and it can automatically set up and and format them for maximum capacity or full redundancy.
The Mini is much thinner than the other members of the Drobo family and supports Thunderbolt as well as USB 3.0. You can also add flash storage as a sort of buffer between the slower drives and the high speed connectors. This improves read write speeds and efficiency. It holds up to 3TB of data.
The 5D can handle up to 16 terabytes of storage as well as tiered SSD storage features that increases up read and write speeds. The drive also has a battery back up so it will finish writing if the power lines go down. The 5D also includes Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 ports.