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Most businesses pride themselves on being technically aware and using the latest technologies. Why then are most companies basing their storage strategies on 25 year old technology? This presentation ...

Most businesses pride themselves on being technically aware and using the latest technologies. Why then are most companies basing their storage strategies on 25 year old technology? This presentation will investigate the disadvantages of traditional RAID and introduce technology that goes BeyondRAID. Already adopted by more than 150,000 organisations worldwide, BeyondRAID(tm) leverages the benefits of traditional RAID systems, while leaving many of the limitations behind. This next-generation of redundant storage technology brings together safety, reliability, expandability, efficiency and ease-of-use.

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BeyondRAID - RAID Without Regrets BeyondRAID - RAID Without Regrets Presentation Transcript

  • BeyondRAID – RAID Without Regrets
    IP Expo
    October 2010
    Paul Thackeray – VP/GM of EMEA
  • Agenda
    Business Challenges of SMBs
    Limitations of Traditional RAID
    Key Benefits of BeyondRAID
    About Data Robotics
  • Business Challenges of SMBs
    Data storage is too complex to manage – requires the ability to predict future storage needs
    Storage failure cause downtime and massive loss of productivity and revenue
    Limited budgets are not sufficient to keep up with exploding data growth - SMB storage continues to be overpriced
    Small, overworked IT staff tend to be generalists and are unlikely to have in-depth knowledge of storage
  • There is a need for safe, expandable storage…
    Small and Medium Business Applications
    Small and Medium Business Servers
    SoHo and Remote Workers
    Digital Home
    Theatre Media
    Center PC
    Hi-Def
    External Storage Solutions
  • …Yet RAID remains the only alternative
  • Traditional RAID
    • Protection Against Hard Drive Failure
    however.........
    • Complicated to Configure
    • Difficult to Expand
    • Inflexible - Requires Identical Drives
    • Inefficient - Requires Dedicated Hot Spare
    • Antiquated – 25 Year Old Technology
  • What if you could...
    • Not have to configure or manage RAID levels
    • Switch between RAID levels with a single click
    • Utilize any size drive from any manufacturer
    • Instantly expand by adding a larger drive
    • Never have to manage capacity at the volume level
    • Have RAID arrays that manage and heal themselves
  • BeyondRAID – RAID Without Regrets
    Heterogeneous – mix drive sizes, vendors
    Auto detecting and configuring
    Instant expansion
    Self-healing
    Change between RAID levels instantly
    No provisioning required, ever
    No skilled management required
    Determine real usage at a glance - “data aware”
    Operations (e.g. rebuilds) happen much more quickly
  • BeyondRAID vs. Traditional RAID
  • Not All Thin Provisioning is Created Equal
    RAID
    BeyondRAID
    Most thin provisioning pulls storage from specific drives
    Still requires LUN-level capacity management
    Limited-to-no ability to reclaim blocks from deleted data
    Smart Volumes pull storage from common pool of drives
    Common pool eliminates need for LUN-level capacity management
    Smart Volumes “stay thin” by reclaiming deleted data blocks
    SV 2
    LUN 2
    LUN 1
    SV 3
    LUN 3
    SV 1
    90%
    Full
    15%
    Full
    25%
    Full
    Common
    Drive Pool
  • About Data Robotics
  • Ease of use
    Provide SMB and Departmental Enterprise customers with the best storage experience ever
    • Easier to use and manage
    • Affordability for the value that is unprecedented
    • Safer and smarter regarding data protection
    • Expandable in an easy and perpetual manner
    Affordability
    Security
    Expandability
    Drobo Value Proposition
  • Rapid Growth
    Shipped first product mid-2007
    100% year-year growth rates
    >150,000 units sold
    >50 Industry Awards
    Started with Prosumers and Creative Professionals
    Expansion to business (SOHO, SMB) products
    Global: Offices in UK, US, Germany, Singapore
  • Drobo Customers Range Beyond the SMB
    Business
    Government
    Education
  • Data Robotics Business Products
    New
  • Award-Winning DroboPro
    Single server storage for creative professionals and SMBs
    Over 10,000 units installed
    iSCSI, FireWire, and USB interfaces
    Eight (8) drive capacity
    Supports up to 16 Smart Volumes
    Single or dual-drive redundancy
    Ideal for single server storage, disk-based backup, or online archive
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  • Customer Validation of BenefitsDroboPro
  • DroboElite – World’s First Self-Managing iSCSI SAN
    Multiple server storage for SMBs and departments
    Dual Gigabit Ethernet ports offer best-in-class performance
    Eight (8) drive capacity with single or dual drive redundancy
    Supports up to 255 Smart Volumes and up to 16 hosts
    Symantec and VMware Certified
    Perfect for email storage (<100 mailboxes), virtual machine storage, disk-based backup, multiple-machine media editing
    Savings up to 90% compared to other iSCSI solutions
  • Customer Validation of BenefitsDroboElite
  • Upgrade
    Forever
    Simple
    Management
    Data
    Aware
    Pay As
    You Grow
    Mix n’ Match
    Drives
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