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Spotlight: Drobo 5N offers Gigabit LAN, SSD caching

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Drobo has launched the Drobo 5N five-bay storage appliance, which offers a Gigabit Ethernet port and drive bays for five 3.5-inch SATA hard disk drives. Under the hood, the the Drobo 5N is a notable upgrade over earlier consumer models, with its beefier multicore CPU and optional mSATA SSD. The latter stores Drobo's operating system and is used for hot data caching for faster file reads. The Drobo 5N is intended to replace the Drobo FS and is priced at $599 without any disks.