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That's unfortunate for them. Have you used or compared them to the truenas hardware appliances?

There's no comparison. Drobos are slow, especially if you're using them in their special RAID mode. Almost any other way someone could get a RAID5-like setup will get something that reads and writes faster. The special sauce they add is that users can supposedly mix and match drives of different sizes and still get a stripe set with parity somehow, but I've never tried that. What I have been willing to do is slide spare drives from my spare stack into one large temporary volume to use while I'm moving data around. This has come in handy a few times since I no longer have a bunch of desktops sitting around to shove drives into.
 

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That sounds very similar to the way unRAID tries to make it easier to just add in hdds without planning but still offers parity protection. I tried it for a bit during their demo but it didn't work well for me.

Tangentially related to HDDs, I'm seeing those Seagate earning reports in the news that storage demand is down. I'm hoping it might translate into sales or lower HDD prices for my upcoming upgrade.
 

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Drobo filed for Chapter 11 this week. I have some Drobo hardware and it's been fine-ish. No complaints in particular but I've always liked Synology better for all the same stuff.
They have a bad reputation for lack of service and most of the market was quite low end, e.g., the type of people that used mismatched size/speed non-raid drives. Today those types are typically using dual drive RAID 1 upright book style devices with 2x16TB drives or something like that. Then they use the clouds for backups.
 

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Back in the '10s many photographers used the Drobo USB DAS units. Now the MACs are using 2-4 external NVMe in RAID 0 connected with TB.
It's just normal for them to have for example 4x4TB SSD in software RAID 0 containing all their data. Apparently a NAS is too archaic and clashes with the MAC user's decor.
 

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An acquaintance of mine has one of the 500 most popular accounts on Onlyfans. She's making low seven figures per year from adult modeling. The library of work she's done in the last three year is actually her personal fortune.

I got involved in her operation because she was doing all her editing work on one of the old Xeon-based Mac Pros. She knew it had an SSD (good on her for knowing that) and two drives that she THOUGHT were backing each other up. She had a WD MyCloud drive sitting over on the corner of her desk, but it had filled up and she'd never bothered to replace or upgrade it.

Her Mac Pro died. She didn't know what happened and it was during lock down and it was an emergency. Didn't want to take it to Apple because of what she was using it for.

Turned out the Mac had just died. Needed a new logic board. But the two hard drives she had, the only place she was keeping 6.somethingTB of Sony Raw files and all the edits (less the random stuff she was posting or that made to iCloud from her laptop), was two ~10 year old drives in RAID0. I had to sit and draw on a whiteboard to explain that RAID doesn't mean backup and RAID0 specifically means the opposite of backup.

I wound up setting up a pair of 36TB FreeNAS systems that run syncthing between them; one with her and the other at her shooting space, and having both of them set up to send data to BackBlaze. That's also how I got involved in helping people with their lockdown careers in internet modeling.
 

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That's a good crossover use of IT skills and photography to help others in the OF world.
 

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It's exactly the thing LM was describing and actually almost exactly the reasoning as well. New Apple stuff in particular just doesn't consider storage at all.

I set up a NextCloud system and run that for people I know just to give them a place to dump their "work" photos. Turns out not many people have a good handle on what photos are where in their life, especially for people who hop between phone ecosystems and may not have an actual personal computer in their lives.
 

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I've gravitated to recommending BackBlaze subscriptions for similar reasons. It's pretty good at finding all the photos, etc and simplified enough for those who aren't as tech savvy.
 
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