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19 Matching Case Studies

Case Study: RGB Digital Print

Challenges

  • Solved the following challenges with Drobo storage:
    • Reduced storage management complexity
    • Improved backup reliability
    • Replaced tape for backup
    • Supported business data growth
    • Implemented or expand a file server

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
    • Database / SQL Server

Results

  • Chose Drobo over the following storage solutions:
    • Drobo FS
  • 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
  • Is extremely satisfied with the performance of Drobo.

Testimonials

“[On the] technical [side we] had zero downtime on file storage since using Drobo products, [and on the] business [side, it] has allowed us to keep files for longer with quick and easy access, thereby enabling quicker responses to clients.”

Source:
James Hawkins, Operations Manager, RGB Digital Print

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Case Study: Charisma Media

Challenges

  • Solved the following challenges with Drobo storage:
    • Reduced storage management complexity
    • Improved backup reliability
    • Supported business data growth
    • Implemented tiered storage
    • Implemented or expand a file server
    • Stored or served growing video / multimedia
    • Developed storage retention for compliance

Use Case

  • Uses the following Drobo storage products:
    • 8-bay iSCSI – Drobo B800i or DroboElite
    • Drobo 5N
  • The following applications generate the majority of data stored on Drobo:
    • File Server

Results

  • Chose Drobo over the following storage solutions:
    • Regular Network Shares on Local Storage
  • 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
    • Data aware tiering
    • Price / performance
    • Industrial design
    • US-based design and support
    • Efficiency / virtual hotspare
  • Is extremely satisfied with the performance of Drobo.

Testimonials

“[Drobo is] much easier to manage and gives [us] peace of mind!”

Source:
Jonathan Grubbs, IT Director, Charisma Media

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Case Study: Vineyard Gazette

Challenges

  • Solved the following challenges with Drobo storage:
    • Reduced storage management complexity
    • Implemented or expand a file server
    • 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

  • 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
  • Is extremely satisfied with the performance of Drobo.
  • Saved $1500 compared to traditional storage alternatives.

Testimonials

“[Drobo has] improved [the] reliability of [our] primary file server data.”

Source:
Alexander Kisselgof, IT Director, Vineyard Gazette

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Case Study: Harvest Growth

Challenges

  • Solved the following challenges with Drobo storage:
    • Reduced storage management complexity
    • Improved backup reliability
    • Implemented tiered storage
    • Stored or served growing video / multimedia
    • Network storage, EASY

Use Case

  • Uses the following Drobo storage products:
    • 5N
  • The following applications generate the majority of data stored on Drobo:
    • Final Cut Pro, Video, Graphics, Multimedia

Results

  • Chose Drobo over the following storage solutions:
    • Neither, returning customer
  • 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
    • Data aware tiering
    • Price / performance
    • Support for application
  • Is extremely satisfied with the performance of Drobo.
  • Saved $2,000 compared to traditional storage alternatives.

Testimonials

“Network storage for an Apple environment is made very easy [with Drobo]. [With] the online expansion ability and 2 fail-safe drives, I am now setup for large data storage that is very safe. I feel stress-free now with all my data finally all in one spot and protected.”

Source:
Brad Godfrey, Storage Administrator, Harvest Growth

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Case Study: Small Business Media & Entertainment Company, Finland

Challenges

  • Solved the following challenges with Drobo storage:
    • Reduced storage management complexity
    • Improved backup reliability
    • Supported business data growth

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

  • Purchased Drobo over other systems due to the following features and/or benefits:
    • Instant expansion
    • Automatic RAID configuration
    • Simplicity / Ease of use
    • Price / performance
  • Is very satisfied with the performance of Drobo.

Testimonials

“Drobo provides a centralized storage for multiple servers.”

Source:
TechValidate Survey of a Small Business Media & Entertainment Company

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Case Study: Small Business Media & Entertainment Company

Challenges

  • Solved the following challenges with Drobo storage:
    • Reduced storage management complexity
    • Improved backup reliability
    • Created network storage for virtualization
    • Stored or served growing video / multimedia

Use Case

  • Uses the following Drobo storage products:
    • Drobo B800fs
  • The following applications generate the majority of data stored on Drobo:
    • File Server

Results

  • Chose Drobo over the following storage solutions:
    • QNAP NAS
  • Purchased Drobo over other systems due to the following features and/or benefits:
    • Mix and match drives
    • Automatic RAID configuration
    • Simplicity / Ease of use
  • Is satisfied with the performance of Drobo.
Source:
TechValidate Survey of a Small Business Media & Entertainment Company

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Case Study: Small Business Media & Entertainment Company

Challenges

  • Solved the following challenges with Drobo storage:
    • Implemented or expand a file server

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

  • Purchased Drobo over other systems due to the following features and/or benefits:
    • Instant expansion
    • Automatic RAID configuration
    • Simplicity / Ease of use
  • Is satisfied with the performance of Drobo.
Source:
TechValidate Survey of a Small Business Media & Entertainment Company

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Case Study: Small Business Media & Entertainment Company

Challenges

  • Solved the following challenges with Drobo storage:
    • Replaced tape for backup
    • Stored or served growing video / multimedia

Use Case

  • Uses the following Drobo storage products:
    • 12-bay iSCSI – Drobo B1200i
  • The following applications generate the majority of data stored on Drobo:
    • File Server
    • Physical server / workstation Backup

Results

  • Purchased Drobo over other systems due to the following features and/or benefits:
    • Instant expansion
    • Price / performance
    • Higher performance with SSDs
    • Support for application
  • Is satisifed with the performance of Drobo.

Testimonials

“We have one place for all backups to be sent to with Drobo.”

Source:
TechValidate Survey of a Small Business Media & Entertainment Company

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Case Study: Small Business Media & Entertainment Company

Challenges

  • Solved the following challenges with Drobo storage:
    • Reduced storage management complexity
    • Improved backup reliability
    • Replaced tape for backup
    • Supported business data growth
    • Implemented tiered storage
    • Created network storage for virtualization
    • Implemented or expand a file server
    • Stored or served growing video / multimedia
    • Developed storage retention for compliance

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

  • Purchased Drobo over other systems due to the following features and/or benefits:
    • Mix and match drives
    • Automatic RAID configuration
    • Data aware tiering
    • Higher performance with SSDs

Testimonials

“The customer support we’ve received with Drobo has been above and beyond, and has allowed even the most hectic of technical issues to be solved with ease.”

Source:
TechValidate Survey of a Small Business Media & Entertainment Company

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Case Study: Mac storage with Drobo at The Design Office of Steve Neumann & Friends

Challenges

  • Solved the following challenges with Drobo storage:
    • Supported business data growth
    • Implemented tiered storage
    • Long term (stable) archival storage
    • Reduced storage management complexity
    • Improved backup reliability

Use Case

  • Uses the following Drobo storage products:
    • 8-bay iSCSI – Drobo B800i
    • 8-bay NAS – Drobo B800fs
  • The following applications generate the majority of data stored on Drobo:
    • File Server

Results

  • Chose Drobo over the following storage solutions:
    • Apple RAID
  • 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
    • Industrial design
    • US-based design and support
  • Is extremely satisfied with the performance of Drobo.
  • Saved $40,000 dollars compared to traditional storage alternatives.

Testimonials

“More reliable storage and update. Larger (mass) storage than could be utilized within a Mac OS Server. Ease of updating, increasing storage capacity.”

Source:
Steve Neumann, CEO, Steve Neumann and Friends

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Case Study: Video storage with Drobo at Studio Dx Italy

Challenges

  • Solved the following challenges with Drobo storage:
    • Reduced storage management complexity
    • Stored or served growing video / multimedia

Use Case

  • Uses the following Drobo storage products:
    • 8-bay iSCSI
  • The following applications generate the majority of data stored on Drobo:
    • Final Cut Pro

Results

  • Chose Drobo over the following storage solutions:
    • LaCie 12big
  • Purchased Drobo over other systems due to the following features and/or benefits:
    • Instant expansion
    • Mix and match drives
    • Price / performance
  • Is satisifed with the performance of Drobo.
  • Saved $2,000 dollars compared to traditional storage alternatives.

Testimonials

“The [Drobo] system has grown with my needs.”

Source:
Lorenzo Baldi, System Administrator, Studio Dx Italy

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Case Study: File server storage with Drobo at Audio Network Plc

Challenges

  • Solved the following challenges with Drobo storage:
    • Reduced storage management complexity
    • Supported business data growth

Use Case

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

Results

  • Chose Drobo over the following storage solutions:
    • NetApp FAS2000
    • Synology NAS
  • Purchased Drobo over other systems due to the following features and/or benefits:
    • Mix and match drives
    • Automatic RAID configuration
  • Is extremely satisfied with the performance of Drobo.
  • Saved $3,250 dollars compared to traditional storage alternatives.

Testimonials

“Expandable storage, simple management.”

Source:
Kieran Lewer, Head of IT and Operations, Audio Network plc

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Case Study: Multimedia production & backup with Drobo at Hepburn Creative, Inc.

Challenges

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

Use Case

  • Uses the following Drobo storage products:
    • 8-bay iSCSI
    • 4-Bay Drobo and Drobo 5D
  • The following applications generate the majority of data stored on Drobo:
    • Physical server / workstation Backup
    • Video Production & Motion Graphics

Results

  • Chose Drobo over the following storage solutions:
    • G-Tech
  • 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
  • Is very satisfied with the performance of Drobo.
  • Saved $2,000 dollars compared to traditional storage alternatives.

Testimonials

“[Drobo] makes backups simple and easy, which allows us to actually DO them, versus having it be a chore, only doing it rarely, and losing data as a result of laziness.”

Source:
David Hepburn, Creative Director, Hepburn Creative, Inc.

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Case Study: Disk-based backup and multimedia storage with Drobo at Conaco LLC

Challenges

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

Use Case

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

Results

  • Chose Drobo over the following storage solutions:
    • NetApp FAS2000
    • Netgear ReadyNAS Pro
  • Purchased Drobo over other systems due to the following features and/or benefits:
    • Thin provisioning
    • Instant expansion
    • Automatic RAID configuration
    • Simplicity / Ease of use
    • Price / performance
  • Is very satisfied with the performance of Drobo.

Testimonials

“[A benefit of Drobo is its] ease of implementation. [It’s] essentially a plug and play solution.”

Source:
Chris Hayes, IT Director, Conaco LLC

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Case Study: Multimedia storage and backup with Drobo at Charisma Media

Challenges

  • Solved the following challenges with Drobo storage:
    • Reduced storage management complexity
    • Supported business data growth
    • Stored or served growing video / multimedia

Use Case

  • Uses the following Drobo storage products:
    • 8-bay NAS – Drobo B800fs or DroboPro FS
    • Drobo 5N
  • The following applications generate the majority of data stored on Drobo:
    • Physical server / workstation Backup

Results

  • Chose Drobo over the following storage solutions:
    • HP LeftHand
    • NetApp FAS2000
  • Purchased Drobo over other systems due to the following features and/or benefits:
    • Mix and match drives
    • Simplicity / Ease of use
    • Price / performance
    • US-based design and support
  • Is extremely satisfied with the performance of Drobo.

Testimonials

“[With Drobo, we] increased storage space with high scalability.”

Source:
David Scammell, Sr Network Administrator, Charisma Media

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Case Study: Disk-based backup with Drobo at City of Whittlesea, Australia

Challenges

  • Solved the following challenges with Drobo storage:
    • Stored or served growing video / multimedia
    • Developed storage retention for compliance

Use Case

  • Uses the following Drobo storage products:
    • 8-bay iSCSI
  • The following applications generate the majority of data stored on Drobo:
    • File Server
    • Webserver
    • Backup 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:
    • Instant expansion
    • Mix and match drives
    • Automatic RAID configuration
    • Simplicity / Ease of use
  • Is very satisfied with the performance of Drobo.
  • Saved 2000 dollars compared to traditional storage alternatives.

Testimonials

“[Drobo needs] no PC requirment to run a dedicated backup system that is 100% accessible 24×7.”

Source:
Fabio Marcon, IT Architect, City of Whittlesea

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Case Study: Multimedia storage with Drobo at Holzer Kobler Architecture

Challenges

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

Use Case

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

Results

  • Chose Drobo over the following storage solutions:
    • Synology NAS
  • Purchased Drobo over other systems due to the following features and/or benefits:
    • Instant expansion
    • Automatic RAID configuration
    • Price / performance
    • Industrial design
    • Support for application
  • Is very satisfied with the performance of Drobo.
  • Saved $4,000 dollars compared to traditional storage alternatives.

Testimonials

“[Drobo gives us] time savings because it is quick and easy to use. Maintenance and updates are easy to perform.”

Source:
Stefan Sommer, IT Manager, Holzer Kobler Architecture

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Case Study: Multimedia storage with Drobo at The Circle Group

Challenges

  • Solved the following challenges with Drobo storage:
    • Stored or served growing video / multimedia

Use Case

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

Results

  • Chose Drobo over the following storage solutions:
    • QNAP NAS
  • Purchased Drobo over other systems due to the following features and/or benefits:
    • Mix and match drives
    • Simplicity / Ease of use
    • US-based design and support
  • Is very satisfied with the performance of Drobo.
  • Saved $800 dollars compared to traditional storage alternatives.

Testimonials

“[With Drobo] we have the ability to access archived files at any time and know the files are safe.”

Source:
Volker Schubert, Marketing Professional, Circlegroup

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Case Study: Small Business Media & Entertainment Company

Challenges

  • Purchased their Drobo SAN for the following reasons:
    • Reduce storage management complexity
    • Improve backup reliability
    • Improve backup performance
    • Consolidate storage

Use Case

  • Has 1-10 employees.
  • Generates most of the data stored on their Drobo SAN with video storage and production server
  • Selected their Drobo SAN over the following storage solutions:
    • HP StorageWorks
    • Data Domain
    • EMC (VNX, CLARiiON, etc.)

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.
  • Saved $10,000 – $25,000 with Drobo SAN versus traditional SAN storage alternatives.
  • Saves 8 hours per week by managing storage using their Drobo SAN.

Testimonials

“We’re now able quickly share video files in a multi-user production setting and have security of automatic redundancy of priceless video and film footage.”

“Scalability and ease of use have makes Drobo a no-brainer.”

Source:
TechValidate Survey of a Small Business Media & Entertainment Company

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