The decline of tape and rise of disk-based backup has been trending in the press a decade+, though only very recently has the worldwide market for backup appliances actually overtaken tape, wow! Drobo agrees with the movement, internally revenue from our business products overtook that of our professional products, in part because we help customers make the transition from tape to disk backup. IDC is behind the appliance news, and Storage Newsletter has a good summary of the data.
These days deduplication is the feature buyers look for in a backup appliance. What is interesting is that the same software that already works great with Drobo (e.g. Veeam or Symantec) provides dedup in a very affordable way. Dedup is not needed in the storage, and where Drobo storage shines as a backup appliance is our built-in Thin Provisioning. Thin Provisioning is arguably more important than dedup, particularly for SMBs or departments that can’t afford a backup appliance.
Thin Provisioning can save 50 – 70% of the up-front cost of disk storage used for backup. Smaller environments most likely already have Veeam or Symantec deployed and therefore have dedup at a low cost, completing the backup appliance solution. According to one of our customers with EMC Data Domain, “2.4TB to expand my backup was going to cost $30,000, and with Drobo I could get 80TB for less.” Check out the case study for more details.
Net = Drobo is great storage for a disk-based backup solution to replace tape for the majority of data you need to back up in companies both large and small. I’d like to hear about other ways you are doing disk-based backup with a purpose-built solution that is like an appliance without the “appliance.”