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10 Matching Case Studies

Case Study: Northwest Pipe Company

Challenges

  • Chose Drobo B1200i for the following purposes:
    • Increase cost-effective SSD storage
    • Reduce storage complexity

Use Case

  • Has 1,001-5000 employees.
  • Generates a majority of the data stored on their Drobo B1200i with:
    • VMware

Results

  • Purchased Drobo B1200i over the following storage solutions:
    • Netgear ReadyNAS
    • Coraid
  • Rated SSD auto-tiering feature as 7 out of 10 in terms of how important is was in the decision to purchase Drobo B1200i.
  • Saved $20,000 with Drobo B1200i versus traditional SAN alternatives.

Testimonials

“We averted potential down time from failing infrastructure by putting in a strong 2nd tier storage solution very quickly and with out having to redefine out budget.”

Source:
Jonathan Harris, IT Architect, Northwest Pipe Company

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Case Study: Northern Tool & Equipment Company

Challenges

  • Solved the following challenges with Drobo storage:
    • Implemented tiered storage
    • Created network storage for virtualization
    • 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:
    • Virtual Server Backup
    • E-mail / Microsoft Exchange

Results

  • Purchased Drobo over other systems due to the following features and/or benefits:
    • Thin provisioning
    • Instant expansion
    • Mix and match drives
    • Automatic RAID configuration
    • Price / performance
  • Is very satisfied with the performance of Drobo.
  • Saved $8000 compared to traditional storage alternatives.

Testimonials

“[Drobo] increased storage capacity at a very attractive price. [We have] the ability to easily add as space [as] required.”

Source:
Jeff Williamson, IT Director, Northern Tool & Equipment Company

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Case Study: Snc Lavalin E&C

Challenges

  • Solved the following challenges with Drobo storage:
    • Reduced storage management complexity
    • Improved backup reliability
    • 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
    • Physical server / workstation backup

Results

  • Chose Drobo over the following storage solutions:
    • Dell PowerVault
    • HP Storageworks MSA
    • Iomega or EMC Lenovo NAS
    • NetApp FAS2000 or other NetApp
    • Netgear ReadyNAS Pro or other Netgear
  • Purchased Drobo over other systems due to the following features and/or benefits:
    • Mix and match drives
    • Automatic RAID configuration
    • Price / performance
  • Is extremely satisfied with the performance of Drobo.
  • Saved $10,000 compared to traditional storage alternatives.

Testimonials

“We have reduced backup time [by] 50% and improved data restore time by 125% since implementing Drobo storage devices in our backup operations.”

Source:
Dennis Curry, IT Systems Administrator, SNC-Lavalin E&C

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Case Study: Large Enterprise Energy & Utilities Company

Challenges

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

Use Case

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

Results

  • Chose Drobo over the following storage solutions:
    • Drobo was our first solution
  • 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

“By archiving with Drobo we no longer need to have our network storage locations increased from time to time.”

Source:
TechValidate Survey of a Large Enterprise Energy & Utilities Company

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Case Study: T Systems.Com

Challenges

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

Use Case

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

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:
    • Instant expansion
    • Mix and match drives
  • Is satisfied with the performance of Drobo.
  • Saved $1000 compared to traditional storage alternatives.

Testimonials

“[The] upgrade of storage is much easier [with Drobo].”

Source:
Marc Gellings, Operations Manager, t-systems.com

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Case Study: Large Enterprise Computer Services Company, Germany

Challenges

  • Solved the following challenges with Drobo storage:
    • Implemented or expand a file server
    • Stored or served growing video / multimedia

Use Case

  • Uses the following Drobo storage products:
    • 8-bay DAS – DroboPro
    • Drobo 2Gen
  • 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
    • Buffalo storage
  • 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.

Testimonials

“We experienced growth by replacing disks with larger ones with Drobo, and now have maximum storage on less space.”

Source:
TechValidate Survey of a Large Enterprise Computer Services Company

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Case Study: Large Enterprise Professional Services Company

Challenges

  • Solved the following challenges with Drobo storage:
    • Improved backup reliability
    • Supported business data growth
    • Created network storage for virtualization
    • Stored or served growing video / multimedia
    • Developed storage retention for compliance

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
    • Microsoft Hyper-V
    • Virtual Server Backup

Results

  • Chose Drobo over the following storage solutions:
    • 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 very satisfied with the performance of Drobo.
  • Saved $3000 compared to traditional storage alternatives.

Testimonials

“Future-proofing media file storage expansion and allowing Virtual Server Backups are great benefits of Drobo.”

Source:
TechValidate Survey of a Large Enterprise Professional Services Company

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Case Study: Medical file storage with Drobo at Frederick Internal Medicine & Endocrinology

Challenges

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

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

  • Purchased Drobo over other systems due to the following features and/or benefits:
    • Automatic RAID configuration
    • Simplicity / Ease of use
  • Is satisifed with the performance of Drobo.
  • Saved $2,000 dollars compared to traditional storage alternatives.

Testimonials

“Reliable data storage.”

Source:
Andrew Donelson, Medical Professional, Frederick Internal Medicine and Endocrinology

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Case Study: Consolidated storage solution with Drobo at Practical Synergy

Challenges

  • Solved the following challenges with Drobo storage:
    • Supported business data growth
    • Stored or served growing video / multimedia
    • Need speed of transfer & storage for large files
    • Improved backup reliability

Use Case

  • Uses the following Drobo storage products:
    • 8-bay iSCSI
    • 8-bay NAS – Drobo B800fs
    • Drobo 2nd gen, Drobofs, Drobo 5D
  • The following applications generate the majority of data stored on Drobo:
    • File Server
    • Mac Desktops doing Video, Audio, & Graphics work

Results

  • Purchased Drobo over other systems due to the following features and/or benefits:
    • Simplicity / Ease of use
    • Price / performance
    • Higher performance with SSDs
  • Is extremely satisfied with the performance of Drobo.

Testimonials

“Less time dealing with implementation issues.”

Source:
Pat Fallis, Chief Information Officer, Practical Synergy

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Case Study: Large Enterprise Industrial Manufacturing Company

Challenges

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

Use Case

  • Has 5,000+ employees.
  • Generates most of the data stored on their Drobo SAN with Symantec Backup Exec
  • Selected their Drobo SAN over the following storage solutions:
    • Dell EqualLogic
    • Dell PowerVault
    • HP StorageWorks

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

Testimonials

“Drobo reduced complexity of increasing storage.”

Source:
TechValidate Survey of a Large Enterprise Industrial Manufacturing Company

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