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Case Study: Laforce & Stevens, Inc.

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 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:
    • Synology NAS
  • Purchased Drobo over other systems due to the following features and/or benefits:
    • Instant expansion
    • Automatic RAID configuration
  • Is extremely satisfied with the performance of Drobo.

Testimonials

“Repairing a failed RAID, due to a failing drive time, cut down to minutes from hours of work [with Drobo].”

Source:
Guillermo Acevedo, IT Director, Laforce & Stevens, Inc.

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Case Study: Financial Data Technology Corporation

Challenges

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

Use Case

  • Uses the following Drobo storage products:
    • 8-bay DAS – DroboPro
    • 8-bay iSCSI – Drobo B800i or DroboElite
    • 12-bay iSCSI – Drobo B1200i
  • The following applications generate the majority of data stored on Drobo:
    • File Server
    • Virtual Server Backup
    • Database / SQL Server

Results

  • Chose Drobo over the following storage solutions:
    • HP Storageworks MSA
    • NetApp FAS2000 or other NetApp
  • 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 $75,000 compared to traditional storage alternatives.

Testimonials

“Before Drobo we were unable to backup our infrastructure in a weekend. Since switching to Drobo 4 years ago, we’ve doubled in size and can completely backup everything in less than 12 hours.”

Source:
Eric Petrovich, AVP\Storage Administrator\Database Administrator, Financial Data Technology Corporation

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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: Dean Technology Inc

Challenges

  • Solved the following challenges with Drobo storage:
    • 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:
    • 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
    • Automatic RAID configuration
    • Simplicity / Ease of use
    • Price / performance
    • ISCSI capability
  • Is extremely satisfied with the performance of Drobo.
  • Saved $10,000 compared to traditional storage alternatives.

Testimonials

“[Drobo provided an] easy deployment of [our] small scale VMware environment without the need of expensive enterprise level storage.”

Source:
Mike Mayne, IT Manager, Dean Technology Inc

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Case Study: Medium Enterprise Health Care Company

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 or DroboElite
  • The following applications generate the majority of data stored on Drobo:
    • File Server
    • VMware vShpere

Results

  • Chose Drobo over the following storage solutions:
    • Dell EqualLogic
  • 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 $15000 compared to traditional storage alternatives.

Testimonials

“[Drobo provides] ease of use, [and takes] less time to maintain.”

Source:
TechValidate Survey of a Medium Enterprise Health Care Company

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Case Study: Northern Valley Indian Health, Inc.

Challenges

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

Use Case

  • Uses the following Drobo storage products:
    • 8-bay DAS – DroboPro
    • 4 Bay DROBO
  • The following applications generate the majority of data stored on Drobo:
    • VMware vShpere
    • Virtual Desktop

Results

  • Chose Drobo over the following storage solutions:
    • Dell EqualLogic
  • 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
    • Efficiency / virtual hotspare
  • Is satisfied with the performance of Drobo.
  • Saved $14,000 compared to traditional storage alternatives.

Testimonials

“The benefits from Drobo B800i iSCSI SAN have been ease of use and low cost as compared to other solutions available.”

Source:
John Ratliff, IT Professional, Northern Valley Indian Health, Inc.

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Case Study: Digicape

Challenges

  • Solved the following challenges with Drobo storage:
    • Reduced storage management complexity
    • Improved backup reliability
    • Replaced tape for backup
    • Implemented or expand a file server
    • 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
    • 12-bay iSCSI – Drobo B1200i
  • The following applications generate the majority of data stored on Drobo:
    • File Server
    • Virtual Server Backup
    • Physical server / workstation backup

Results

  • Chose Drobo over the following storage solutions:
    • Netgear ReadyNAS Pro or other Netgear
    • QNAP NAS
    • Active Strorage, XRAID,XSAN
  • 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 satisfied with the performance of Drobo.
  • Saved $1000 compared to traditional storage alternatives.

Testimonials

“[The] use of any make or size drives has been wonderful. [Drobo is] super easy to setup.”

Source:
Daniel Novello, System Administrator, Digicape

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Case Study: Mach 1 Global Services, Inc

Challenges

  • Solved the following challenges with Drobo storage:
    • Exchange 2010 Mailbox Store

Use Case

  • Uses the following Drobo storage products:
    • 12-bay iSCSI – Drobo B1200i
  • The following applications generate the majority of data stored on Drobo:
    • E-mail / Microsoft Exchange

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:
    • Thin provisioning
    • Instant expansion
    • Automatic RAID configuration
    • Price / performance
    • Support for application
    • US-based design and support
  • Is very satisfied with the performance of Drobo.
  • Saved $8,000 compared to traditional storage alternatives.

Testimonials

“[Drobo] ensured [the] long-term storage [of] Exchange Mailbox, and [that its] maintenance needs are met.”

Source:
William Shaw, System Administrator, Mach 1 Global Services, Inc

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Case Study: New England Controls

Challenges

  • Solved the following challenges with Drobo storage:
    • Improved backup reliability
    • 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:
    • Virtual Server Backup
    • Physical server / workstation Backup

Results

  • Chose Drobo over the following storage solutions:
    • HP LeftHand
    • EMC VNXe
    • EMC VNX or CLARiiON
  • 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 satisfied with the performance of Drobo.
  • Saved $15,000 compared to traditional storage alternatives.

Testimonials

“[Drobo is] very easy to deploy on the fly.”

Source:
Karl VandenBoom, IT Manager, New England Controls

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Case Study: Houston Distributing Co Inc

Challenges

  • Solved the following challenges with Drobo storage:
    • Reduced storage management complexity
    • Supported business data growth
    • Implemented tiered storage
    • Created network storage for virtualization

Use Case

  • Uses the following Drobo storage products:
    • 12-bay iSCSI – Drobo B1200i
  • The following applications generate the majority of data stored on Drobo:
    • VMware vShpere

Results

  • Chose Drobo over the following storage solutions:
    • EMC VNXe
  • Purchased Drobo over other systems due to the following features and/or benefits:
    • Thin provisioning
    • Instant expansion
    • Automatic RAID configuration
    • Simplicity / Ease of use
    • Data aware tiering
    • Price / performance
    • Higher performance with SSDs
    • Efficiency / virtual hotspare
  • Is extremely satisfied with the performance of Drobo

Testimonials

“[Drobo has] larger capacity, [and] ease of use.”

Source:
Brian Lesselyong, IT Director, Houston Distributing Co. Inc

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