Connected Data’s new 4-Bay Drobo smart storage solution is up to three times faster than the previous version. It also boasts USB 3.0 support, faster rebuild times, and enhanced support for Apple’s Time Machine back-up system on Mac OS X.

This third generation Drobo features a completely new architecture, making it three times faster than the previous generation. In addition, four times faster rebuild times maximize data availability in the event of a disk drive failure, and the addition of battery back up provides even more protection in case of a power outage.

If a drive fails, Drobo automatically protects data without user intervention. In addition, you can purchase the capacity you need now and increase space by adding additional disk drives, or by just swapping smaller disks with larger ones later. When you do, the additional capacity is instantly available. Drobo even protects against one or two simultaneous drive failures with just one click.

The third generation Drobo is built upon the BeyondRAID technology. BeyondRAID is the foundation that allows first and second generation Drobo customers to upgrade to a new Drobo by simply removing the disk pack from their current Drobo, and moving it to their new one.

Appleā€™s Time Machine will consume all of the capacity of an external storage system without a simple way to set specific capacity limits. Drobo’s new integrated feature that allows users to easily allocate a specific amount of capacity to be dedicated for Time Machine backups that preserves the maximum space available for data storage.

The new 4-Bay Drobo has a new low price of US$349. What’s more, the company has introducing a customer loyalty discount program of $50 off for all first and second generation Drobo customers. Go to www.drobostore.com for more info.