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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 Illinois University Libraries

Challenges

  • Solved the following challenges with Drobo storage:
    • Improved backup reliability
    • Replaced tape for backup
    • 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 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
    • VMware vShpere
    • Virtual Server Backup
    • Physical server / workstation Backup

Results

  • Chose Drobo over the following storage solutions:
    • Dell PowerVault
    • HP Storageworks MSA
    • EMC VNXe
    • EMC VNX or CLARiiON
    • Iomega or EMC Lenovo NAS
    • NetApp FAS2000 or other NetApp
  • Purchased Drobo over other systems due to the following features and/or benefits:
    • Thin provisioning
    • Instant expansion
    • Mix and match drives
    • Simplicity / Ease of use
    • Data aware tiering
    • Price / performance
    • Higher performance with SSDs
  • Is satisfied with the performance of Drobo.
  • Saved $20,000 compared to traditional storage alternatives.

Testimonials

“[With Drobo we] implemented backup to disk instead of tape [and were able to] build out of vSphere clusters.”

Source:
Joe Thomas, Network Administrator, Northern Illinois University Libraries

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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: The University Of Chicago

Challenges

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

  • 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 extremely satisfied with the performance of Drobo.

Testimonials

“[Drobo] condensed over 10 stand-alone USB & Firewire drives into one system with full redundancy and backups.”

Source:
Avi Schwab, IT Specialist, The University of Chicago

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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: Oelwein Community School District

Challenges

  • Solved the following challenges with Drobo storage:
    • Supported business data growth
    • Implemented tiered storage
    • Created network storage for virtualization
    • Implemented or expand a file server

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
    • Database / SQL Server

Results

  • Chose Drobo over the following storage solutions:
    • HP LeftHand
    • 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
    • Data aware tiering
    • Price / performance
    • Higher performance with SSDs
  • Is extremely satisfied with the performance of Drobo.
  • Saved $7,000 compared to traditional storage alternatives.

Testimonials

“[Drobo] increased [storage] capacity by 20×. [Our] transaction speed was roughly doubled.”

Source:
Chris Braun, IT Director, Oelwein Community School District

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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: Federal Defender Program

Challenges

  • Solved the following challenges with Drobo storage:
    • Reduced storage management complexity
    • 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
    • Microsoft Hyper-V
    • Veeam Backup and Replication 6.5

Results

  • Chose Drobo over the following storage solutions:
    • 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 satisfied with the performance of Drobo.
  • Saved $10,000 compared to traditional storage alternatives.

Testimonials

“[We achieved] virtualization of physical servers into Hyper-V Servers [with Drobo].”

Source:
Adam Williams, System Administrator, Federal Defender Program

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Case Study: Doctronx Inc

Challenges

  • Solved the following challenges with Drobo storage:
    • Reduced storage management complexity
    • Replaced tape for backup
    • 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
    • Microsoft Hyper-V
    • Virtual Server Backup
    • Physical server / workstation Backup

Results

  • Chose Drobo over the following storage solutions:
    • Dell EqualLogic
    • EMC VNXe
    • Iomega or EMC Lenovo NAS
    • Netgear ReadyNAS Pro or other Netgear
    • QNAP NAS
  • Purchased Drobo over other systems due to the following features and/or benefits:
    • Instant expansion
    • Automatic RAID configuration
    • Simplicity / Ease of use
  • Is very satisfied with the performance of Drobo.
  • Saved $7,500 compared to traditional storage alternatives.

Testimonials

“[With Drobo, we experienced] easy network backups and a shared storage infrastructure.”

Source:
Preston Borchelt, CEO, Doctronx Inc

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