In a surprise move, HP are set to begin selling Data Robotics Inc.’s line of Drobo storage devices, according to reports. Despite targeting consumers with the HP MediaSmart Server and small businesses with the HP Data Vault range, the company have moved to bolster their online storage offer with solutions from a direct competitor. The full range of Drobos are now available to buy from the HP Small Business Direct online store.

With no public announcements from HP as yet regarding support for Microsoft’s forthcoming Colorado server platform – Windows Home Server Vail, SBS 2011 Essentials (Aurora) or Windows Storage Server  2008 R2 Essentials (Breckenridge) – the partnership is a fascinating move, and a coup for Data Robotics.

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Data Robotics offers a range of direct and network attached storage solutions for consumers, SMBs and enterprises. A USB 3.0 version of the Drobo S has just been announced.

Check out our review of the Drobo FS.