Drobo is known as a cool company with cool storage. At events, countless folks stop by telling us they would love one for their house. And if they’re in IT, they soon realize that they also want it for work. For IT applications though, technology has to be more than cool. It has to work; and especially in SMB shops, they want to know it has been tested by a reliable third party. Working with ESG, we have a report with that validation. So, you can skip this blog and go straight to reading the report.
Still with me? You really do have to read it, but I can give you some more info before you do:
- What is it? The B1200i validation is the result of real-world testing under real-world workloads, so that business users can know what to expect from the solution in their type of environment.
- Who was the authority for this validation? In this case is Enterprise Strategy Group, specifically ESG Lab.
- Why an “enterprise” analyst when Drobo B1200i is for SMBs? Drobo worked with ESG based on their history of understanding technology trends and market dynamics and their track record for reporting analysis that gives customers what they need to take action.
- Who @ ESG Lab did the testing? Vinny Choinski.
- When and where? Testing was done over the past few weeks using firmware 1.1.1, and the report is summarized on drobo.com and available for download on the same page and will soon be on the ESG site. I’ll be breaking down the results on a live broadcast @ 9AM PDT on June 19.
ESG Lab validated that with SSD devices and Automated Data-aware Tiering, the B1200i array was able to easily support an SMB-sized mixed workload environment running e-mail, database, and file server simulated applications. Database operations improved by 2.3 times over an SAS-only configuration; file server operations improved by 2.4 times over an SAS-only configuration. We are not talking 24%. This is 2.4x acceleration, a big thing.
Net = We know you want one, and now you have the validation, 3rd party analysis confirms Drobo B1200i easily supports the application demands of today’s small and mid-sized business. In advance of other product reviews by credible industry veterans, visual learners can see the Five Ws of reporting above and read the report itself for the bigger truth. For auditory learners, join the webcast on June 19 or listen to a replay when you have time. For kinesthetic folks, come see a live demo of the performance findings @ http://www.drobo.com/live.