SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwire - December 8, 2010) - Data Robotics, Inc. ("Drobo"), today announced that its DroboElite™ was named as a gold medal winner of the "2010 Editor's Best Awards" in the Best Storage Hardware category by Penton Media's Windows IT Pro® Magazine and SQL Server Magazine®.

"The 2010 Editors' Best Awards -- presented in conjunction with our 2010 Community Choice Awards -- are a recognition of our editors', contributors', and authors' favorite products of the year," said Jason Bovberg, senior editor at Windows IT Pro. "Our editorial experts' annual tradition of selecting winners based on a product's strategic importance to market, its competitive advantages, and its value to the customer is particularly significant to the Windows IT Pro and SQL Server Magazine communities this year, as we call out exceptional products in an economically tight, highly competitive market."

"We are honored to have our DroboElite iSCSI SAN solution win the gold medal for Best Storage Hardware," said Tom Buiocchi, CEO at Drobo. "This award is a testament to our passion for delivering innovative and simplified storage solutions that ensure business critical data is always safe, secure, and accessible. With data protection being the number one priority for small and medium-sized businesses, DroboElite is uniquely positioned with ease of use and affordability in a business-class package. "

DroboElite redefines storage economics by delivering advanced features and capabilities usually reserved for more expensive solutions. Built on the proven BeyondRAID™ technology, DroboElite provides enterprise-level data safety and unprecedented expandability in a virtualized architecture that is both self-managing and self-healing. Dual iSCSI ports provide iSCSI SAN capabilities that are ideal for consolidating data backup, supporting live migration for virtual machines, or adding capacity to any computing environment.

DroboElite Features and Benefits

  • Multi-host Support: Companies with multiple servers can easily add or consolidate storage by connecting the DroboElite to their existing TCP/IP network and utilizing industry-standard iSCSI.
  • High Availability: Dual Gigabit Ethernet interfaces for iSCSI deliver throughput and failover applications on stand-alone servers and in virtual machines.
  • VMware and Citrix Ready: DroboElite is certified with both VMware vSphere and Citrix XenServer for proven, cost-effective, scalable storage in virtual server environments.
  • 8-Drive Capacity with Instant Capacity Expansion to 16TB and Beyond: DroboElite ensures continuous data access by automatically expanding data capacity and enabling IT managers to efficiently mix and match drive of different brands and capacities.
  • Advanced Thin Provisioning: Smart Volumes allow companies to create new volumes in seconds and manage them over time by pulling storage from a common pool rather than a specific physical drive allocation. Smart Volumes are also file system aware which allows deleted data blocks to be immediately returned to the pool for future use.
  • Simplified Dual-Drive Redundancy: Companies are protected against the simultaneous failure of up to two hard drives without losing access to their data. Only Drobo allows for switching between single-drive and dual-drive redundancy on the fly with a single click.

"Our Editors' Best Awards let us leverage our contributing editors' expertise to provide well-earned recognition to products that exceed industry standards," said Bovberg. "This year, we've even added valuable, in-the-trenches insight about winning products from our reader community. We're proud to now share this invaluable information with our Windows IT Pro and SQL Server Magazine communities. Our winners should be extremely proud of this honor of recognition from our editorial experts."

Additional Resources

About Data Robotics
Data Robotics, Inc., the company that delivers the best storage experience ever, develops the award-winning Drobo family of automated storage products that are designed to ensure data is always protected, accessible and simple to manage. Based on the patented and proven BeyondRAID technology, Drobo provides an unprecedented combination of advanced data protection features and ease-of-use. For more information, visit Data Robotics at

About Windows IT Pro
Windows IT Pro is the leading and largest independent voice in Windows IT, with more than 2.5 million visits per month, and consists of a multitude of print and online channels. In addition to the flagship Windows IT Pro magazine, our technology network includes SQL Server Magazine, SharePointPro Connections and DevProConnections. Other online channels include blogs, forums, podcasts, RSS feeds, webinars, virtual events, white papers, newsletters, classes and more. IT professionals get objective, "direct from the trenches" information about Microsoft's latest Windows-based solutions and gain essential insight for keeping business-critical Microsoft applications up and running. For more information, visit

About Penton Media, Inc.
Penton Media, Inc. is the largest independent business-to-business media company in the United States, serving more than 6 million business professionals every month. The company's market-leading brands are focused on 30 industries and include 113 trade magazines, 145 websites, 150 industry trade shows and conferences, and more than 500 information data products. For additional information about the company and its businesses, visit

Data Robotics, Drobo, DroboPro, DroboElite, and BeyondRAID are trademarks of Data Robotics, Inc., that may be registered in some jurisdictions. All other trademarks used are owned by their respective owners. 

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