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Drobo aims storage arrays at SMBs

Lucas Mearian | Feb. 8, 2011
Company grows up, also adding thin provisioning, data tiering tools

"Drobos are very pretty, but our previous models have had a shiny consumer look to them," Epstein said. "Along with the new arrays, Drobo announced its new DroboCare service, which offers 24/7 business support for SMB products, including same-day replacement shipping."

Drobo business systems are designed to be used as both primary and secondary storage for Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, and similar business applications, departmental file-sharing or offsite backup, and server virtualization deployments including those using VMware. ( (

"VMware recognizes the importance of affordable storage alternatives for firms implementing virtualization as they continue on the path toward IT as a service," Parag Patel, vice president of VMware's global strategic alliances, said in a statement. "Like larger organizations, SMBs are looking for ways to improve productivity and lower IT costs."


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