Last week I returned from a short visit to Puerto Rico, the land of my maternal grandparents. It was my first time there, and I really enjoyed the flashbacks to my childhood eating authentic arroz con gandules (rice with peas) and pasteles (similar to tamales). These dishes, especially pasteles made from green bananas and plantains, are very labor intensive, so they are not easy to find in California.
Drobo products for business on the other hand have been “consumed” and enjoyed in Puerto Rico for some time now. Much or our popularity there comes from how easy it is to deploy and use a Drobo, and the flexibility you have to use any hard drives to make a great solution. Being affordable compared to other SAN storage plays a part too. Like any SMB, small and mid-sized organizations have the same applications and HA requirements, just not the same staff or budget to buy what enterprises do.
While I was dancing Salsa with my wife in San Juan on a quick holiday, Drobo storage was hard at work in the island rhythm of IT, protecting data and supporting applications. Some of the companies dancing with Drobo include the largest auto insurance company in Puerto Rico, one of the largest hospital systems, and one of the largest retail chains. We have great partners such as Infologic, DISS-PR, Intelligent Technologies, and ELTA Computers.
Net = This November voters in Puerto Rico will participate in a referendum to chose whether their current US territory status should continue or if they prefer one of three alternatives: statehood, independence, or nationhood in free association with the US (similar to several island nations in Micronesia). Regarding storage solutions, however, partners and IT managers in Puerto have already voted and they choose Drobo.