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9 Matching Case Studies

Case Study: User Soft Technology

Challenges

  • Solved the following challenges with Drobo storage:
    • Improved backup reliability

Use Case

  • Uses the following Drobo storage products:
    • 8-bay DAS – DroboPro
  • The following applications generate the majority of data stored on Drobo:
    • Time machine

Results

  • Chose Drobo over the following storage solutions:
    • LTO tape
  • Purchased Drobo over other systems due to the following features and/or benefits:
    • Instant expansion
    • Mix and match drives
    • Simplicity / Ease of use
  • Is satisfied with the performance of Drobo

Testimonials

“[Drobo] allowed a single large volume for Time Machine backups.”

Source:
Robert Broussard, IT Professional, UserSoft Technology

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Case Study: The Answer Company

Challenges

  • Solved the following challenges with Drobo storage:
    • Improved backup reliability
    • Created network storage for virtualization

Use Case

  • Uses the following Drobo storage products:
    • 8-bay NAS – Drobo B800fs or DroboPro FS
  • The following applications generate the majority of data stored on Drobo:
    • VMware vShpere
    • Microsoft Hyper-V
    • Database / SQL Server

Results

  • Chose Drobo over the following storage solutions:
    • Iomega or EMC Lenovo NAS
  • Purchased Drobo over other systems due to the following features and/or benefits:
    • Instant expansion
    • Mix and match drives
    • Automatic RAID configuration
    • Simplicity / Ease of use
    • Price / performance
  • Is very satisfied with the performance of Drobo.
  • Saved $7000 compared to traditional storage alternatives.

Testimonials

“[Drobo has] extreme flexibility in managing growth.”

Source:
Robert Cummings, IT Manager, The Answer Company

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Case Study: Small Business Computer Software Company

Challenges

  • Solved the following challenges with Drobo storage:
    • Replaced tape for backup

Use Case

  • Uses the following Drobo storage products:
    • 8-bay iSCSI – Drobo B800i or DroboElite
  • The following applications generate the majority of data stored on Drobo:
    • File Server

Results

  • Chose Drobo over the following storage solutions:
    • Dell EqualLogic
  • Purchased Drobo over other systems due to the following features and/or benefits:
    • Price / performance
  • Is satisifed with the performance of Drobo.
  • Saved $5,000 compared to traditional storage alternatives.

Testimonials

“Drobo provides quick simple tier 2 storage when needed.”

Source:
TechValidate Survey of a Small Business Computer Software Company

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Case Study: Medium Enterprise Computer Software Company

Challenges

  • Solved the following challenges with Drobo storage:
    • Improved backup reliability
    • Supported business data growth
    • Stored or served growing video / multimedia

Use Case

  • Uses the following Drobo storage products:
    • 8-bay iSCSI – Drobo B800i or DroboElite
  • The following applications generate the majority of data stored on Drobo:
    • File Server

Results

  • Chose Drobo over the following storage solutions:
    • Building a storage server.
  • Purchased Drobo over other systems due to the following features and/or benefits:
    • Mix and match drives
    • Automatic RAID configuration
    • Simplicity / Ease of use
    • Price / performance
    • Efficiency / virtual hotspare
  • Is very satisfied with the performance of Drobo.
  • Saved $5,000 compared to traditional storage alternatives.

Testimonials

“Using Drobo has opened up the the ability for us to do real backups, in the sense that we can now take the drives we use and store them off-site on a per project basis.

Drobo also allows for project based disk organization in that we can now use a set of disk for a certian project and then store that project for archiving."

Source:
TechValidate Survey of a Medium Enterprise Computer Software Company

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Case Study: Medium Enterprise Computer Software Company

Challenges

  • Solved the following challenges with Drobo storage:
    • Reduced storage management complexity
    • Created network storage for virtualization

Use Case

  • Uses the following Drobo storage products:
    • 8-bay iSCSI – Drobo B800i or DroboElite
  • The following applications generate the majority of data stored on Drobo:
    • File Server
    • VMware vShpere
    • Linux server or workstation (non-virtual)

Results

  • Chose Drobo over the following storage solutions:
    • Dell PowerVault
    • NetApp FAS2000 or other NetApp
  • Purchased Drobo over other systems due to the following features and/or benefits:
    • Instant expansion
    • Mix and match drives
    • Simplicity / Ease of use
    • Price / performance
    • Efficiency / virtual hotspare
  • Is extremely satisfied with the performance of Drobo.
  • Saved $10,000 compared to traditional storage alternatives.

Testimonials

“Low entry cost, the ability to expand as needed, and the simplicity in setting-up the service for VMware were all key when deciding to purchase Drobo.”

Source:
TechValidate Survey of a Medium Enterprise Computer Software Company

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Case Study: Small Business Computer Software Company

Challenges

  • Solved the following challenges with Drobo storage:
    • Reduced storage management complexity
    • Replaced tape for backup

Use Case

  • Uses the following Drobo storage products:
    • 8-bay NAS – Drobo B800fs or DroboPro FS
  • The following applications generate the majority of data stored on Drobo:
    • File Server

Results

  • Chose Drobo over the following storage solutions:
    • QNAP NAS
    • Synology NAS
  • Purchased Drobo over other systems due to the following features and/or benefits:
    • Thin provisioning
    • Price / performance
Source:
TechValidate Survey of a Small Business Computer Software Company

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Case Study: Macro Systems, Inc. (Mn)

Challenges

  • Solved the following challenges with Drobo storage:
    • Reduced storage management complexity
    • Improved backup reliability
    • Replaced tape for backup
    • Supported business data growth
    • Created network storage for virtualization

Use Case

  • Uses the following Drobo storage products:
    • 8-bay NAS – Drobo B800fs or DroboPro FS
    • 8-bay iSCSI – Drobo B800i or DroboElite
  • The following applications generate the majority of data stored on Drobo:
    • VMware vShpere
    • Virtual Server Backup

Results

  • Chose Drobo over the following storage solutions:
    • Dell PowerVault
    • HP LeftHand
    • Netgear ReadyNAS Pro or other Netgear
    • Starwind Software
  • Purchased Drobo over other systems due to the following features and/or benefits:
    • Thin provisioning
    • Instant expansion
    • Mix and match drives
    • Automatic RAID configuration
    • Simplicity / Ease of use
    • Price / performance
    • Support for application
    • US-based design and support
    • Efficiency / virtual hotspare

Testimonials

“[We like Drobo’s] ease of setup and use.”

Source:
David Weisbrod, Consultant, Macro Systems, Inc. (MN)

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Case Study: Disk-based backup storage with Drobo at Beachhead Solutions, Inc.

Challenges

  • Solved the following challenges with Drobo storage:
    • Replaced tape for backup
    • Improved backup reliability
    • Created network storage for virtualization

Use Case

  • Uses the following Drobo storage products:
    • 8-bay iSCSI
  • The following applications generate the majority of data stored on Drobo:
    • Physical server / workstation Backup

Results

  • Chose Drobo over the following storage solutions:
    • Dell PowerVault
    • Netgear ReadyNAS Pro
  • Purchased Drobo over other systems due to the following features and/or benefits:
    • Instant expansion
    • Mix and match drives
    • Simplicity / Ease of use
    • Price / performance
    • Support for application
  • Is extremely satisfied with the performance of Drobo.
  • Saved $10,000 dollars compared to traditional storage alternatives.

Testimonials

“Backups run reliably [with Drobo], and for the most part unattended. This allows the use of staff time towards undertakings that require human intervention and judgment – a savings of about 20-30 hours per month.”

Source:
Ulan Nivera, IT Director, Beachhead Solutions Inc.

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Case Study: File and Backup storage for SMB Computer Software Company with Drobo

Challenges

  • Purchased their Drobo SAN for the following reasons:
    • Reduce storage deployment time
    • Improve backup reliability
    • Support business growth expectations
    • Consolidate storage

Use Case

  • Has 26-100 employees.
  • Generates most of the data stored on their Drobo SAN with the following applications:
    • Acronis Backup & Recovery
    • Company shared drive (PDF,DOC,etc.)
  • Selected their Drobo SAN over Dell PowerVault

Results

  • Rated the importance unique BeyondRAID features as a 10 (extremely important) on a scale from 1-10 in their decision to purchase their Drobo SAN.
  • Saves 4 hours per week by managing storage using their Drobo SAN.

Testimonials

“We don’t have any more complaints about our ‘shared drive’ being full ever since we migrated and redirected all activity to Drobo.”

“Drobo is great for expansion, inexpensive compared to a traditional SAN, and its support staff is amazing.”

Source:
TechValidate Survey of a Small Business Computer Software Company

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