Is a Drobo DAS good to use for Adobe Premiere video editing on Mac OS ?

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The user does video editing with Adobe Premiere on an iMac with Thunderbolt.
They are looking for a well-priced 16TB RAID 5

Would the following configuration be good?
  • Drobo 5Dt: 5-Drive Direct Attached Storage (DAS) Array with mSATA SSD acceleration - USB 3 and Thunderbolt 2 ports (Empty) DRDR5A21-T  (3.5 stars on Amazon)
  • Seagate 4TB IronWolf NAS SATA 6Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Hard Drive (ST4000VN008)  (5 of these)

The cost looks to be about $1100.00

Is there another manufacturer that we should look at?
Any problems with Drobo?

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Some tips for purchasing Dobro devices.

1) Be sure to match your Thunderbolt version, there are two base units 5N2 (Thunderbolt 2) + 5N3 (Thunderbolt 3)

2) Or better, if you have a TB2 version purchase a 5N3 + a $50 TB2 -> TB3 cable, so when you upgrade to TB3 you just toss the cable.

3) Only purchase a base unit. Populate your unit with OEM drives.

4) My preference is 12TB IronWolf Pro drives, if you'll be adding additional drives over time.

There are other options + Dobro boxes just work, every time.

My suggestion, stick with tried + true Dobro equipment.

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