Drobo, Veeam and the SMB

During Storage Field Day 1 we also visited the Drobo Headquarters. Drobo provided us with a great show and even better information. One of the great solutions I noticed for SMB environments is the combination of a Drobo B800i or B1200i and the Veeam Backup and Replication v6 software. First let’s dive a bit deeper into these Drobo products.

The Drobo B800i:

“The Drobo B800i is optimized for small businesses to provide reliable and high-performance storage to servers running applications like file services, data protection, email, and server virtualization. It integrates seamlessly into your TCP/IP network infrastructure and utilizes the industry-standard iSCSI protocol to provide simple, consolidated storage for your servers.”

The Drobo B1200i:

“The Drobo B1200i is optimized for Small and Medium Business (SMB) IT to provide reliable, high-performance, and self-optimizing storage for server virtualization, email, and data protection. It integrates seamlessly into your TCP/IP network infrastructure and utilizes the industry-standard iSCSI protocol to provide powerful, yet simple, consolidated storage for your IT environment.”

A great thing about the Drobo B1200i is that it can filled with SSD’s. This can be done by using 3,5″ OCZ Talos SSD’s or you could use a bracket for 2,5″ SSD’s. To be able to give your I/O consuming application the boost it needs you can add SSD’s and use BeyondRAID to easely setup a superfast datastore. Speaking of BeyondRAID, let’s dive into that feature a little more.


Traditional SAN storage uses different kind of RAID levels. RAID levels 0,1,5,6,10,50 and 60 are most commonly in the SAN these days. Where enterprises often have a team of Storage administrators/Specialists to take care of the complex Storage environments (including the RAID levels), SMB’s most of the time have one or two system administrator’s that take care of the whole IT infrastructure (including the Storage environment).

Drobo created BeyondRAID to overcome the complexity of a Storage environment. Things like changing a LUN from RAID5 to RAID6, expanding a LUN and debilitated state after a drive failure are overcome by BeyondRAID. By providing an easy to use webinterface every IT-administrator is able to create and manage a Drobo.

Beyond1 BeyondRAID vs. RAID

Veeam Backup and Replication v6

Veeam Backup and recovery is developed specifically for virtual enironments, and with v6 it supports both VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V. With features like:

  • Scalability: provides the oppertunity for multiple proxy servers (data movers). Dynamically assign VM’s to a proxy server and intelligent load balancing.
  • 2-1 backup & replication: Offers backup and replication in a single solution with one price point
  • De-duplication and Compression: Cuts backup storage requirements up to 75% by compressing backup and network traffic and eliminating duplicate blocks of data.
  • Agentless: There are no agents for you to license or deploy, manage, monitor or update on hosts or VMs.
  • Synthetic Full Backups: Takes previous full and incremental backups to make a new full backup recovery point without duress on primary storage.

Veeam Backup and Replication v6 is one of the leading backup and recovery software suites in the field.


Bringing it all together:

Currently if you buy 2 B800i’s or 1 B1200i you will get a FREE Veeam Essential Standard Edition (2 Socket license). And as told by combining these very powerfull and industry leading products the SMB will be able to deliver the performance needed for their environment with and be able to backup, replicate and restore using a an easy to use but incredible solution. Veeam and Drobo are a match made in heaven for the SMB.

Ps. For people using Drobo (or other Storage devices) at home and thinking of buying another one…. Just hold your horses and wait for a month or two…. During the event Drobo took us Back to future, and believe me it’s looking great ;-P