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The data storage needs of small businesses today are nearly identical to the needs of large enterprises just a few years ago. Small businesses need storage solutions that can protect office documents, customer data and other files against a hard drive failure and can be encrypted to protect against loss or theft. Drobo protects against hard drive failure without ever compromising your access to data and is compatible with Windows encryption and OS X Disk Utility 's virtual disk encryption.
Your business is growing and your storage needs are accelerating. Shouldn’t your storage solution scale with your business? Drobo products are the only instantly expandable redundant storage solutions. Start with what you need this year and scale to 16TB and beyond* without ever needing to migrate your data. Need more storage? Simply insert another hard drive or replace your smallest drive on-the-fly without system downtime.
Server virtualization has become an integral component in the design of IT solutions. This should come as no surprise considering the benefits: reduced hardware costs, simplified management, and improved business continuity.
Unfortunately, virtualizing your servers is only part of a successful IT strategy. Along with providing key benefits, virtualization also presents significant challenges with managing storage growth. To fully realize the benefits of a virtual server infrastructure, you need to consider storage as part of the overall solution.
Fortunately there's Drobo SAN Storage for Business. Certified for use with VMware and Citrix XenServer, Drobo has been engineered to be both simple and scalable. The integrated BeyondRAID technology delivers enterprise-level data safety with unprecedented expandability, and the "zero click" iSCSI feature eliminates the complexity of adding high-performance storage to your virtual server environment.
Drobo allows you to add instant capacity to growing VMs, quickly deploy storage for new VMs, or provide fast, reliable backup and recovery for VMs.
Instant Virtual Machine Capacity
If your Virtual Machines (VMs) are constantly running out of storage, let Drobo help you avoid the downtime and expense of adding storage to your VMs. Drobo's Smart Volumes™ offer advanced thin provisioning capabilities usually found in much more expensive solutions. Create new volumes in seconds and manage up to 128 x 16TB Smart Volumes over time with ease. The labor of resizing and migrating volumes is replaced with the simplicity of intelligent engineering.
Storage for New Virtual Machine Deployments
As business requirements change, you need the ability to quickly deploy new VMs. With Drobo, provisioning storage for new VMs no longer needs to be a hassle. Simply create a new Smart Volume on an existing Drobo or deploy a new Drobo in minutes. Attach the Drobo directly to the host or to an available Gigabit Ethernet switch, assign a volume and you're ready to go.
Fast, Reliable Backup and Recovery of Virtual Machines
Consolidating physical servers by deploying VMs creates backup and recovery challenges for VMs. With fewer physical servers handling more application data, limited bandwidth and compute cycles require increasingly efficient backup methods. Drobo features zero click iSCSI to eliminate the complexity of adding high-performance backup storage to your virtual server environment. Dual disk redundancy can be enabled or disabled with a single click to protect against the simultaneous failure of up to two drives.
As a business grows, so does the underlying IT infrastructure to support it. As time goes by, servers are added for each application, and the storage for these servers can quickly get out of hand. When dedicated storage systems are directly attached to servers, storage is typically inefficiently used, with too much storage on one system and not enough on another. Also, system managers spend more and more of their time, which could be better used elsewhere, managing their servers and individual storage systems. One key solution for simplifying environments, gaining better control and making the best usage of storage resources is storage consolidation.
The DroboElite connects seamlessly to your existing TCP/IP network and utilizes the industry-standard iSCSI protocol to provide simple, consolidated storage for your servers. With the award-winning BeyondRAIDTM technology with thin provisioning at its core, the DroboElite allows the efficient utilization of storage resources across multiple iSCSI-attached servers. The inserted drives create a common pool of storage that is allocated seamlessly across every server. Each server only takes the storage that it needs and releases storage to the common pool when files are deleted.
Consolidated storage needs to be ultra reliable, simple to manage, and fast. The DroboElite with BeyondRAID is the solution. Enable the dual-drive redundancy option to protect against the simultaneous failure of up to two hard drives. It’s all done with a single-click without ever losing access to your data. When you need to growyour storage, simply insert a new hard drive or replace the smallest drive with a larger one, even when all eight drive bays are full. You can even mix and match capacities, drive brands, and speeds. This allows for continuous expansion as drive capacities grow. With DroboElite, expansion is automatic, instantaneous and access to data is always maintained. DroboElite is also fast. With two Gb Ethernet interfaces for high-speed iSCSI, DroboElite offers up to 50% faster throughput than the very fast DroboPro.
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