I was not trying to be overly personal in the last post, but it was relevant to the discussion … personality can be relevant, well sort of. In addition to being heterogeneous, I’ve never been physically taller than 5’6” and thus shorter than average most everywhere, and these days I have a smaller number of fully operational hair follicles. I am thus predisposed to believing that small is the new huge. I’m also a fitting spokesperson for the small box, big storage company. I am not just a Drobo VP … you know how the rest goes … I’m a home Drobo user as well.
I don’t like to tinker with storage even though I know how to do it. Like Sy Sperling, the Hair Club President, I am also a client, a client of Drobo that is. Another target prospect for the Hair Club, who also uses a Drobo in his small business, is George Crump of Storage Switzerland. We had the pleasure this week of broadcasting on the topic of small SAN solutions for SMB environments, and one such environment is Storage Switzerland LLC.
I love working with George because he is like Drobo and delivers big analysis from his small firm: current and sophisticated information that is easy to consume. In the broadcast I asked if leveraging features built into software for data protection is viable for SMBs, and he said, “I think it is critical. It goes back to keeping it easy, no need to learn new hardware features, and you save on cost.” Most anyone would agree that small cost is huge, so why pay twice when you don’t have to?
For more great insights on building the right sized storage architecture for virtualization, check out George’s latest white paper with Drobo.
Net = Small is the new huge, and you can get big storage features in a small box, and big data protection features in software you may already have. It’s not just for SMBs either, a small box also fits great complimenting Tier 1 SAN, and a reason why more big companies are saying my other SAN is a Drobo.