This morning, data Robotics have officially introduced DroboApps. since the statement of the Drobo SDK beta back in July, over 100 designers have signed up for the program creating around 20 applications for the unit. amongst these are a number of applications that will already charm to the wise house enthusiast. uPnP, iTunes as well as DLNA apps all assist to transform the Drobo from a storage gadget into a media server.
Many if not all of the present applications are free as well as open source. nevertheless DR aren’t ruling out apps that are chargeable too. While many applications will need the Linux powered DroboShare (various IP based servers for example), some will be offered to run on stand alone Drobos too, or may even be desktop based like the Drobo dashboard for Linux.
Keen not to upset the “it just works” philosophy, the apps system will not be enabled by default, however will be quickly changed on by the more technical individual thinking about the added performance it provides.
We asked DR exactly how they got round running several apps on the fairly moderate DroboShare hardware. The response is “Add switch Memory”, a piece of software application that enables you to boost the memory offered for running programs by either utilising 512 meg of difficult drive area or cleverly a USB thumb drive plugged into the back of the unit. Running several apps, particularly something like a hectic FTP server will of program have an impact on Drobo’s core performance as a NAS.
DR will provide no guarantee or support for 3rd celebration apps as well as it will be delegated the designer neighborhood to vet them for malware. a few of the success stories in the applications already offered include:
Fuppes – A UPnP / DLNA media server, Fuppes will enable DroboShare to stream media to your Xbox 360, Sony Playstation 3 or many other network enabled media players.
Jumbo Frames – If you have a Gigabit Ethernet network with Jumbo Frames then the Jumbo Frames DroboApp modifications the MTU level to 9000 on your DroboShare to ensure that you can get additional performance. DR state individuals have reported a doubling of read/write performance from this 1k application.
Time Tamer – designed to stop Apple’s Time machine backup system taking over all the area on Drobo, Time Tamer produces a disk picture for Time machine to utilize that will grow to 2x size of your difficult disk, however no larger. The utility is supplied in a Mac .app data which enables it to work on all disks, not just Drobo.
Many other useful apps like SSH, WOL, PERL, FTP, rSYNC are offered now. DR have already seen a beta version of AFP running on the system as well as well as they are likewise predicting the command line bit torrent client will soon have a GUI front end. The DDC (Drobo designer Community) is free to join as well as we look ahead with rate of interest to see what other applications can be produced for Drobo.
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The official press Follows…
“DATA ROBOTICS ALIGNS WITH designers TO provide 20 new APPLICATIONS FOR DROBO as well as DROBOSHARE
Community-Created, Community-Supported DroboApps provide personalized performance for iTunes, BitTorrent, Time Machine, Yoics as well as more
SANTA CLARA, CA – October 21, 2008 –Data Robotics, Inc. today revealed that since opening up its storage platform to third-party designers in July 2008, 20 DroboApps have been established or ported for utilize with the award-winning Drobo as well as DroboShare. DroboApps allow clients to interact with their Drobo as well as DroboShare in interesting as well as book methods that everybody from typical house individuals to Linux lovers will appreciate. DroboApps opens up a world of possibilities including, iTunes™ music server, UPnP as well as DLNA media streaming, BitTorrent™ downloading, FTP as well as web server performance as well as remote gain access to via the Yoics™ client, among others.
The Drobo designer neighborhood (DDC) as well as DroboApps efforts underscore data Robotics’ commitment to working carefully with the designer neighborhood to provide a totally personalized experience to every Drobo customer. anyone thinking about establishing or porting applications to Drobo as well as DroboShare can indication up for the DDC at www.drobospace.com/developers.
“The Drobo solves consumers’ ever-expanding requirement for storage in a simple as well as dependable way. When integrated with Yoics, the kept data becomes immediately accessible from anywhere on the internet,” stated Ryo Koyama, president & CEO of Yoics. “The application we produced as part of the Drobo designer neighborhood transforms the Drobo into an Web appliance, where the data kept on it is offered from any type of web-browser–even the one on your iPhone.”
Some examples of DroboApps offered today include:
Firefly iTunes Media Server: An extremely popular, open-source, Linux-based iTunes media server that has been ported to DroboShare. The application provides Mac as well as PC individuals the power to search as well as stream terabytes of music in their home.
Yoics: A powerful solution that transforms Drobo as well as DroboShare into an quickly accessible as well as shareable Web resource. featuring an intuitive individual interface, Yoics delivers a remote gain access to solution that enables individuals to immediately gain access to data on Drobo or DroboShare from any type of web browser or mobile device, such as the iPhone.
Time Tamer: A radically simple tool that limits Apple’s Time machine from utilizing all offered area on Drobo. Time Tamer solves a major problem for OS X Leopard clients that desire to use Drobo for both Time machine as well as other applications.
Linux Dashboard: A community-created Linux dashboard for Drobo that provides many of the functions offered to Windows as well as OS X users. produced by a DDC member from scratch, the application opens up endless possibilities for Drobo’s growing individual base of Linux designers as well as enthusiasts.
rsync: A fast, versatile, regional file-copying server that is prominent on Linux as well as Unix. This cross platform tool assists individuals synchronize data either locally or to remote locations.
Enhanced CTorrent: A BitTorrent client designed for utilize downloading Torrent files.
FUPPES Multimedia Server: A UPnP / DLNA multimedia server for music, pictures as well as videos that can be utilized in conjunction with compatible clients, such as the Sony Playstation 3 or Microsoft Xbox 360.
“We are extremely excited about the community’s fast response to our designer program in producing as well as porting DroboApps for Drobo,” specified Dr. Geoff Barrall, creator & CEO of data Robotics. “Unlike traditional storage gadgets that limit individuals to a fixed number of features or applications, Drobo now provides an open atmosphere that enables almost limitless growth of new functionality. individuals will no longer have to select their storage solution based upon fixed function lists.”
To view the full suite of DroboApps currently offered for download, or produce as well as submit a new application to the DDC, please go to www.drobo.com/droboapps“