Drobo Saves Groves Pilot Service $4,000

Pat Groves runs Groves Pilot Service, an aircraft management service based in Menlo Park, Calif. Groves had a storage challenge: he needed to expand storage for the company’s file server, as well as expand storage for more reliable backup of all of their systems. The solution he ultimately chose was the Drobo iSCSI SAN array. Not only did it fit his needs better than the competition, he saved money doing it.

groves-pilot-service-300x218Groves went with the 8-bay Drobo iSCSI SAN storage array to expand. They had two requirements: They needed an expanded file server for shared information between their workstations. They also required a more reliable physical backup solution for those workstations. Groves and his company also liked the compact form factor offing 8-bays of iSCSI quiet enough to sit on a desk in the office. The Drobo presented itself as the preferred storage medium for these needs. The Drobo was also lighter on their wallet; it cost $4000 less than competitive choices.

Several features inherent to Drobo’s BeyondRAID technology put it over the top, Groves said. Those features are instant expansion, the ability to mix and match drives, and Automatic RAID configuration. When the company needs to expand storage to meet its needs, all they need to do is stick in a new drive—any drive—and let the Drobo do the rest.

Most of all, Groves said he appreciates Drobo’s ease of operation. Other than monitoring the front panel lights and the occasional update in the companion Drobo Dashboard, Drobo is as close to “set it and forget it” as a network storage solution gets. Drobo requires minimal hands-on maintenance, which enables the Groves’ team to put their focus where it belongs: on their clients and on flying.

This power, flexibility, and ease-of-use—what does it all add up to? In Pat Groves’ own words, Drobo offers “Simplicity of operation and use, compact form factor, ease of maintenance.” Groves Pilot Service went with Drobo and is very satisfied. Don’t you owe it to your business to see if Drobo can do the same for you? See Drobo iSCSI SAN solutions in-action during one of the daily Live Demos.

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