Drobo Launches 8D Direct Attached Storage for Video Editing

Drobo announced the Drobo 8D, a high speed Direct Attached Storage (DAS) needed to supercharge creative workflows and acts as primary storage for SMB protocols requiring reliable, easy to use, high capacity solutions.

The Drobo 8D is the first new product launched after StorCentric’s acquisition of Drobo. It has eight drive bays, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, 128TB volume support and is the first Drobo with Intelligent Volume Management. Volume management technology combines the manual volume configuration with Drobo’s automation, allowing for separation of file systems as customer needs dictate.


The 8D supports two 4K monitors or one 5K monitor. It is first eight-bay device with a rear slot accelerator bay. There are dual fans for cooling efficiency and an internal power supply. 

The 8D is compatible with the latest 14TB HDDs now available on the market, with room to grow. The 8D intelligently combines both HDDs and SSDs in the front slots to deliver both capacity and performance, as well as Data Aware-Tiering to accelerate both read and write performance.

Drobo 8 rear panel

Drobo 8 rear panel

The 8D also comes equipped with a Drobo Accelerator Bay found on the rear panel for SSD use, enabling Hot Data Caching to deliver performance boosts for popular applications such as Apple’s Final Cut, Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. 


With the Thunderbolt 3 ports, the Drobo 8D can be connected to up to five Thunderbolt devices and the bi-directional performance of Thunderbolt 3 allows all devices in the chain to achieve maximum throughput.

The Drobo 8D is priced at $1,299.

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