TechValidate Research on Drobo Business Storage

11 Matching Case Studies


Case Study: Collier County

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
    • 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
    • Database / SQL Server

Results

  • Chose Drobo over the following storage solutions:
    • Dell EqualLogic
    • Dell PowerVault
  • Purchased Drobo over other systems due to the following features and/or benefits:
    • Instant expansion
    • Automatic RAID configuration
    • 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

“[Drobo is] simple, [and has] automated backup commands. [It provides] instant file restoration – no tape cataloging or searching [is required]. [We have a] remote backup administration [with Drobo].”

Source:
Pete Van Demark, IT Manager, Collier County

Case Study: State & Local Government

Challenges

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

Use Case

  • Uses the following Drobo storage products:
    • Drobo FS 5 Bay
  • The following applications generate the majority of data stored on Drobo:
    • File Server

Results

  • Chose Drobo over the following storage solutions:
    • Synology NAS
    • HP Home Server
  • Purchased Drobo over other systems due to the following features and/or benefits:
    • Price / performance
  • Is extremely satisfied with the performance of Drobo.
  • Saved $1,000 compared to traditional storage alternatives.

Testimonials

“All files and backups are stored on one system with Drobo. We have ease with file searches and backup.”

Source:
TechValidate Survey of a State & Local Government

Case Study: Bedford County Sheriff Office

Challenges

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

Use Case

  • Uses the following Drobo storage products:
    • 8-bay DAS – DroboPro
    • 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:
    • File Server
    • Linux server or workstation (non-virtual)
    • Law Enforcement tools that parse Internet Contraband

Results

  • Chose Drobo over the following storage solutions:
    • Dell EqualLogic
    • Dell PowerVault
    • HP LeftHand
    • HP Storageworks MSA
    • Iomega or EMC Lenovo NAS
    • Netgear ReadyNAS Pro or other Netgear
  • 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
    • Industrial design
    • Higher performance with SSDs
    • Efficiency / virtual hotspare
  • Is extremely satisfied with the performance of Drobo.
  • Saved $500,000 compared to traditional storage alternatives.

Testimonials

“Reduced data loss from the HP system that kept crashing from drives [with Drobo].”

Source:
Michael Harmony, Executive, Bedford County Sheriff Office

Case Study: State & Local Government

Challenges

  • Solved the following challenges with Drobo storage:
    • Implemented or expand a file server
    • Developed storage retention for compliance

Use Case

  • Uses the following Drobo storage products:
    • 8-bay NAS – Drobo B800fs or DroboPro FS
    • 12-bay iSCSI – Drobo B1200i
  • The following applications generate the majority of data stored on Drobo:
    • File Server
    • Physical server / workstation Backup

Results

  • Chose Drobo over the following storage solutions:
    • HP Storageworks MSA
  • Purchased Drobo over other systems due to the following features and/or benefits:
    • Mix and match drives
    • Simplicity / Ease of use
    • Price / performance
  • Is extremely satisfied with the performance of Drobo.
  • Saved $20,000 compared to traditional storage alternatives.

Testimonials

“Drobo is quick to install, easy to use, and just works.”

Source:
TechValidate Survey of a State & Local Government

Case Study: State & Local Government

Challenges

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

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:
    • Dell PowerVault
  • 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
  • Is extremely satisfied with the performance of Drobo.
  • Saved $25,000 dollars compared to traditional storage alternatives.

Testimonials

“The learning curve for using Drobo low. We installed it and set it up in a couple of hours.”

Source:
TechValidate Survey of a State & Local Government

Case Study: Seminole County Property Appraiser

Challenges

  • Solved the following challenges with Drobo storage:
    • Improved backup reliability
    • Replaced tape for backup
    • Supported business data growth
    • Created network storage for virtualization
    • 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
    • Physical server / workstation Backup
    • Symantec BE Backup storage

Results

  • Chose Drobo over the following storage solutions:
    • Dell EqualLogic
  • 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
    • US-based design and support
    • Efficiency / virtual hotspare
  • Is extremely satisfied with the performance of Drobo.
  • Saved $20,000 compared to traditional storage alternatives.

Testimonials

“[Drobo] increased/replaced backup storage, [and] file server storage. [We use] storage areas for test environments.”

Source:
Mary Anne Stotler, System Administrator, Seminole County Property Appraiser

Case Study: Infologic Group Unlimited Corp.

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
    • Developed storage retention for compliance
    • Host production vm environment – VpShere

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
    • VMware vShpere
    • Microsoft Hyper-V
    • Virtual Server Backup
    • Physical server / workstation Backup
    • E-mail / Microsoft Exchange
    • Database / SQL Server
    • Collaboration / Microsoft SharePoint

Results

  • Chose Drobo over the following storage solutions:
    • Dell EqualLogic
    • HP Storageworks MSA
    • EMC VNXe
    • QNAP NAS
  • Purchased Drobo over other systems due to the following features and/or benefits:
    • Thin provisioning
    • Instant expansion
    • Data aware tiering
    • Price / performance
    • Higher performance with SSDs
  • Is satisfied with the performance of Drobo.
  • Saved $4000 compared to traditional storage alternatives.

Testimonials

“[Drobo] B1200i was very easy to deploy as SAN for our ESX Farm. Hosting our main services in reliable equipment [that was also] easy to scale was our main objective, [and Drobo] B1200i made it [happen].”

Source:
Isvet Laclaustra, IT Architect, Infologic Group Unlimited Corp.

Case Study: Growing IT data for State & Local Government with Drobo

Challenges

  • Purchased their Drobo SAN for the following reasons:
    • Reduce storage deployment time
    • Reduce storage management complexity
    • Improve backup reliability
    • Replace tape for backup

Use Case

  • Has 26-100 employees.
  • Generates most of the data stored on their Drobo SAN with the following applications:
    • Citrix XenServer
    • Microsoft Exchange Server
  • Selected their Drobo SAN over the following storage solutions:
    • Dell PowerVault
    • HP StorageWorks

Results

  • Rated the importance unique BeyondRAID features as a 9 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’ve quickly added reasonably priced network storage with lots of flexibility with Drobo. We’d recommend checking them out. They are the ‘reasonably priced’ SAN solution compared to the ‘big daddy, big price’ solutions out there.”

Source:
TechValidate Survey of a State & Local Government

Case Study: Disk-based Backup for Local Government with Drobo

Challenges

  • Purchased their Drobo SAN for the following reasons:
    • Improve backup reliability
    • Replace tape for backup
    • Support business growth expectations

Use Case

  • Has 101-250 employees.
  • Generates most of the data stored on their Drobo SAN with the following applications:
    • Microsoft-based File Server
    • VMware
    • Veeam Backup & Replication
  • Selected their Drobo SAN over the following storage solutions:
    • HP StorageWorks
    • NetApp FAS2000

Results

  • Rated the importance unique BeyondRAID features as a 8 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 5 hours per week by managing storage using their Drobo SAN.

Testimonials

“With Drobo, we increased storage capacity at a reduced cost when compared to traditional SAN solutions. We have greatly benefited from its implementation.”

Source:
TechValidate Survey of a State & Local Government

Case Study: State & Local Government

Challenges

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

Use Case

  • Has 1,001-5000 employees.
  • Generates most of the data stored on their Drobo SAN with the following applications:
    • Microsoft-based File Server
    • Symantec Backup Exec
  • Selected their Drobo SAN over the following storage solutions:
    • Dell EqualLogic
    • 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.
  • Saved $25,000 – $50,000 with Drobo SAN versus traditional SAN storage alternatives.
  • Saves 25 hours per week by managing storage using their Drobo SAN.

Testimonials

“We’ve improved backup reliability and flexibility at a very economical price point.”

“Do not hesitate, buy one. At the cost this is a no-brainer for the piece of mind you will enjoy.”

Source:
TechValidate Survey of a State & Local Government

Case Study: State & Local Government

Challenges

  • Purchased their Drobo SAN for the following reasons:
    • Replace tape for backup
    • Implement tiered storage to reduce overall costs

Use Case

  • Has 251-500 employees.
  • Generates most of the data stored on their Drobo SAN with the following applications:
    • VMware
    • Veeam Backup & Replication
  • Selected their Drobo SAN over the following storage solutions:
    • HP LeftHand
    • HP Storageworks

Results

  • Rated the importance unique BeyondRAID features as a 8 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 2 hours per week by managing storage using their Drobo SAN.

Testimonials

“Implementing a pair of B1200i Drobo units has meant having available a lower cost and more flexible storage environment for end users. It has also made available a better alternative than tape for a backup target.”

Source:
TechValidate Survey of a State & Local Government


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