Innervel Solutions, Inc. is an IT services company that provides managed datacenter cloud hosting, communications solutions, and network and infrastructure consulting. They understand the intricacies of optimized storage, which is what helped guide their decision to purchase and install a Drobo B800i iSCSI SAN storage array to augment their existing infrastructure. While the staff had also considered using a Dell EqualLogic storage array, they chose the Drobo because it offered them a number of advantages, and saved them $5000 over the traditional storage solution as well.
The Drobo B800i is an 8-bay device capable of holding eight 3.5-inch SATA drives, for up to 28TB of raw data storage using today’s readily available 4TB drives. It provides the reliable, consolidated storage for servers that Innervel Solutions needs. They are using their Drobo device to store data from a file server, a Citrix XenServer, and as a physical server and workstation backup. The unit utilizes industry-standard iSCSI protocol, and is integrated into their existing TCP/IP network.
Among other aspects, the Drobo installed at Innervel Solutions allowed them to reduce storage management complexity, while at the same time expand a file server. In addition, it gave them the ability to implement tiered storage for virtualization.
The organization chose Drobo because it offered them the ability to expand their storage capabilities in the future as needed without overpaying for excess capacity now. They were extremely happy with the automatic RAID configuration capabilities of the unit, its efficiency, and its overall performance. According to Christopher Hays, one of the managing partners at Innervel Solutions, the Drobo gave them a larger terabyte pool for overall storage compared to competitors’ units.