TechValidate Research on Drobo Business Storage

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Case Study: Richard Nixon Foundation

Challenges

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

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:
    • Carbonite
  • 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
    • Efficiency / virtual hotspare
  • Is very satisfied with the performance of Drobo.
  • Saved $5000 compared to traditional storage alternatives.

Testimonials

“[We like how] every person on the network [has access] to files stored on Drobo.”

Source:

Kyler Locke, Marketing Professional, Richard Nixon Foundation



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Case Study: Storage for Virtualization with Drobo at The Heights Fellowship

Challenges

  • Solved the following challenges with Drobo storage:
    • Created network storage for virtualization
    • 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:
    • Citrix XenServer
    • Linux server or workstation (non-virtual)
    • Database / SQL Server
    • File Server
    • Webserver

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:
    • Thin provisioning
    • Instant expansion
    • Mix and match drives
    • Automatic RAID configuration
    • Simplicity / Ease of use
    • Price / performance
  • Is extremely satisfied with the performance of Drobo.
  • Saved $5,000 dollars compared to traditional storage alternatives.

Testimonials

“Setup time was very quick! Maintenance and upkeep is a breeze! iSCSI speed is great with multilink.”

Source:

Austin McDaniel, Chief Information Officer, The Heights Fellowship



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Case Study: Mac server storage expansion with Drobo at Mount Hermon Camp

Challenges

  • Solved the following challenges with Drobo storage:
    • Implemented or expand a file server
    • Stored or served growing video / multimedia
    • 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:
    • Adobe creative products + digital capture devices (photos, video)
    • Physical server / workstation Backup

Results

  • Chose Drobo over the following storage solutions:
    • Software RAID in a Mac Pro
  • Purchased Drobo over other systems due to the following features and/or benefits:
    • Instant expansion
    • Mix and match drives
    • Automatic RAID configuration
    • Industrial design
  • Is very satisfied with the performance of Drobo.
  • Saved $1,000 dollars compared to traditional storage alternatives.

Testimonials

“[Drobo has] great reliability and recoverability. We’ve never had data loss even though many drives have died. "

Source:

Josh Bootz, Marketing Professional, Mount Hermon Camp



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Case Study: Disk-based backup and offsite backup with Drobo at Peopleschurch.org

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
  • 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
    • HP Storageworks MSA
    • Netgear ReadyNAS Pro
  • Purchased Drobo over other systems due to the following features and/or benefits:
    • Price / performance
    • Simplicity / Ease of use
    • Mix and match drives
    • Instant expansion
  • Is very satisfied with the performance of Drobo.
  • Saved $10,000 dollars compared to traditional storage alternatives.

Testimonials

“[Drobo helped] reduce our backup time and complexity by days. [We were also able to] introduce remote site backup as well.”

Source:

Jacob Rylander, IT Manager, peopleschurch.org



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Case Study: Disk-based Backup with Drobo at Migrant Health

Challenges

  • Solved the following challenges with Drobo storage:
    • Replaced tape for backup
    • Supported business data growth
    • Developed storage retention for compliance

Use Case

  • Uses the following Drobo storage products:
    • 8-bay NAS – Drobo B800fs
    • 12-bay iSCSI – Drobo B1200i
  • The following applications generate the majority of data stored on Drobo:
    • Microsoft Hyper-V
    • Acronis system backup

Results

  • Chose Drobo over the following storage solutions:
    • Netgear ReadyNAS Pro or other Netgear
  • Purchased Drobo over other systems due to the following features and/or benefits:
    • Simplicity / Ease of use
    • Price / performance
    • Industrial design
    • Support for Acronis application
    • Efficiency / virtual hotspare
    • Instant expansion
    • Automatic RAID configuration
  • Is extremely satisfied with the performance of Drobo.

Testimonials

“[Drobo is] fast [while] performing in backup.”

Source:

Hector Gonzalez, Network Administrator, Migrant Health Center Inc.



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Case Study: Primary and Backup Storage for Non Profit with Drobo

Challenges

  • Purchased their Drobo SAN for the following reasons:
    • Reduce storage management complexity
    • Improve backup reliability
    • Improve backup performance
    • Support business growth expectations
    • Implement tiered storage to reduce overall costs
    • Consolidate storage

Use Case

  • Has 26-100 employees.
  • Generates most of the data stored on their Drobo SAN with the following applications:
    • Microsoft-based File Server
    • Symantec Backup Exec
    • Microsoft Exchange Server
    • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Selected their Drobo SAN over the following storage solutions:
    • HP LeftHand
    • NetApp FAS2000

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 5 hours per week by managing storage using their Drobo SAN.

Testimonials

“We doubled our storage capacity at 1/4 the cost of a NetApp expansion with Drobo. It’s great!”

Source:

TechValidate Survey of a Non Profit





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