Drobo vs Areca

Drobo vs Areca. I need something that could be fast since I work with videos, and also could have some options like the drobo solutions, and need to be acessible by LAN. My work is video compositing and need fast comunications with image sequences.
I believe that Drobo 5 bay by now are the best and cheaper solutions since I could use the thinderbolt 3 and left discovered on the lan

for my other machines for upload some results.
For color corrections I’ll need to access as a external drive by thunderbolt.

500cad / 1000 cad

Drobo and Areca are very similar RAID systems with direct connectivity over Thunderbolt3. Areca is a more popular choice because of their extended expertise in RAID systems. Areca also is more expandable and available with most popular connections. But both systems do not feature LAN connectivity. The LAN port at the back of the box is only for configuration. If you are looking for a combined solution as DAS/NAS – you might want to look at Qnap TS-453BT3 solution.

  • Thin Provisioning
  • Instant Expansion
  • Mixed Drive Size Utilization
  • Automatic Protection Levels
  • Single – or Dual-Disk Redundancy
  • Virtual Hot Spare
  • Data Aware
  • Drive Re-ordering
  • Power Fail Protection with Internal Battery


One (1) mSATA solid state drive in the Drobo
Accelerator Bay for increased performance (sold
– Drives of any manufacturer, capacity, spindle speed
and/or cache can be used. No carriers or tools
– Expandable by adding drives or hot-swapping drives
with larger ones.


High performance 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 interface
Support simultaneous 4K in/output workflow
Dual Thunderbolt 3 ports for daisy-chaining
EFI supported for macOS multi-boot
Intelligent power On/Off function for data integrity
Delivers enterprise-class data protection and
Advanced configuration for video optimized
performance settings
Configuration by the Thunderbolt/LAN port/LCD
Controller-level hardware encryption (not available
for 4-Bay)
Support BBM option for cache protection (not
available for 4/6M model)

RAID Features
ARC-8050T3-4: RAID level 0, 1, 10, 3, 5, 6, Single
Disk, JBOD
ARC-8050T3-6/6M/8/12: RAID level 0, 1, 1E, 3, 5,
6, 10, 30, 50, 60, Single Disk or JBOD
Multiple RAID selection
Support up to 1MB stripe size
Online array roaming
Online RAID level/stripe size migration
SED (self-encrypting drives) function support
Support global hot spare and local hot spare
Instant availability and background initialization
Advanced configuration for smooth data streaming
Disk scrubbing/ array verify scheduling support
Multiple pairs SSD/HDD disk clone function
SSD automatic monitor clone (AMC) support
Support HDD firmware update

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