I had a Drobo 5N for a while and was not really satisfied. It did is job (host files, Time Machine target) OK, but had it’s flaws:
- Slow. Very slow.
- Not really flexible. Yes, Drobo Apps are there and through some nifty tricks you can run some stuff on it, but the limitations are there.
- Not encrypted.
That’s why I decided to move on and got a Synology DS1019+. My first impressions:
- Fast! While the RAID was syncing, the Mac mini was uploading a huge pile of data, folder/file access was still very snappy. Not a scientific test, but the Drobo felt like crawling in such a situation.
- Flexibility! A little overwhelmed by the possibilities right now and trying to figure out what to do.
The speed was impressive, but there were still some improvements. So:
- I put 2 256GB NVMe SSDs into the device to use as a read/write cache (RAID1).
- I replaced my switch (Netgear whatever GbE) for a HP Enterprise 1820 switch. Main reason: the Synology has 2 GbE ports and the 1820 supports port trunking. I’m not ready to move to 10GbE yet, but 2x1GbE is nice to have. I did some random tests (several computers pulling data) and the throughput is great!
I am still figuring out what to do with it. Already done:
- Plex server
- iTunes media
- A lot of data
- Set up a Debian VM (hosting HomeBridge and other stuff)
- Snapshot plan