Bullet proof backups with Drobo

Learn More About DroboI have been trying to come up with the perfect backup solution. I think I have gotten as close to that as possible with the combination of the CrashPlan backup engine coupled with a Drobo RAID (Redundant Array of Individual Disks) system. For those of you who are not familiar with the Drobo, it is a wonderful device. It is a self contained RAID system that can be configured with anywhere from 4 to 8 drives, depending on the unit. Unlike standard RAID units, the Drobo can be configured with unmatched drives, so you can start out with as little two drives that you have lying around and as you need more storage space you can add extra or larger drives. The Drobo's smart RAID system automatically rebuilds the storage pool to the larger size. The Drobo also offers hardware failure security, by allowing either single or dual drive redundancy, so up to two drives can fail, but your data is protected. If a drive fails simply pull it out of the box and plug in a new drive and the Drobo rebuilds the RAID.
For backups we like to combine a onsite backup to a Drobo and a second offsite backup using Crashplan. The onsite Drobo give you a way to retrieve your data quickly, AND gives you room to grow. The offsite Crashplan backup gives you disaster recovery, in case the worst case happens. For more info about the Drobo, click here: