Drobo is a manufacturer of a series of external storage devices for computers, including DAS, SAN, and NAS appliances. Drobo devices can house up to four, five, eight, or twelve 3.5" or 2.5" Serial ATA or Serial Attached SCSI hard disk drives and connect with a computer or network via USB 2.0, USB 3.0, FireWire 800, eSATA, Gigabit Ethernet or Thunderbolt. Drobo devices are primarily designed to allow installation and removal of hard disk drives without requiring manual data migration, for increasing storage capacity of the unit without downtime, and for data protection against drive failure.
The company Drobo, Inc. changed its name from Data Robotics in 2011 since the familiarity with the Drobo name far exceeded the Data Robotics name. Drobo, Inc. merged with Connected Data, Inc. in June 2013, with the new company taking the Connected Data name. In May 2015, Drobo was acquired by an investment group composed of seasoned tech executives and changed the company name to Drobo, Inc. The company's acquisition by StorCentric was announced in August, 2018. Drobo products have been Out of Stock since the beginning of 2020 with fans of Drobo wondering about the lack of communication addressing the shortage and the future of the company. The store on drobo.com continues to list all Drobo products as 'sold out' as of March 2021. Fixes for the Drobo 5D version to allow it to connect through Thunderbolt to a Mac running OSX 11 is available at: