SOURCE: Data Robotics, Inc.

Data Robotics, Inc.

March 30, 2010 08:35 ET

Data Robotics Serves US Military Supplier's Data Storage Needs in Virtualized Server Environment

DroboElite Supports Microsoft Hyper-V Virtual Servers With Simplified Storage Capacity Expansion and Long Term Protection of Business Critical Data

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwire - March 30, 2010) -  Data Robotics, Inc., the company that is changing the way the world stores and protects digital content, today announced that Elite Brands, the primary supplier of over forty brands and hundreds of products to US military commissaries and exchanges around the world, has deployed Data Robotics' DroboElite to provide easy-to-manage, redundant storage to ensure data accessibility and protection in the company's growing Microsoft Hyper-V virtual server environment.

"With five of our servers filled to 95 percent capacity, we were constantly running out of space and our systems were very slow," said Dylan McCullough, systems engineer at Elite Brands. "DroboElite enabled us to add 16 terabytes of capacity instantly and create new volumes in seconds. As a result, I no longer have to worry about increasing hard disk space on the network. Beyond capacity expansion, what stood out the most was the BeyondRAID technology. We don't have to take down an array for dual disk redundancy and the DroboElite will rebuild itself. You can even access files during a rebuild -- there are high-end systems that don't do that."

With DroboElite, Elite Brands is able to ensure business continuity by leveraging Data Robotics' award-winning BeyondRAID storage virtualization technology for zero-downtime capacity expansion and protection against failed drives. Dual drive redundancy ensures that Elite Brands' essential business data is accessible even in the event of up to two simultaneous hard drive failures. BeyondRAID also provides massive volume expandability in a virtualized architecture that is both self-managing and self-healing, enabling Elite Brands to solve both of its core challenges of capacity management and data safety.

"Companies of all sizes are moving towards increasingly virtualized server environments, and the DroboElite provides storage that essentially manages itself for those environments," said Jim Sherhart, senior director of marketing at Data Robotics. "By providing a truly reliable place to keep data and integration with virtualization platforms like Hyper-V and VMware, the DroboElite allows companies to focus resources on their business rather than managing complex IT configurations."

About Data Robotics
Data Robotics, Inc., the company that delivers the best storage experience ever, develops automated storage products designed to ensure data is always protected, accessible, and simple to manage. The award-winning Drobo storage arrays are the first to provide the protection of traditional RAID without the complexity. The revolutionary BeyondRAID technology frees users from making the difficult and confining choice of "Which RAID level to deploy?" by providing an unprecedented combination of advanced features and automation, including single- and dual-drive redundancy, instant expansion, self-monitoring, data awareness, self-healing, and an easy-to-understand visual status and alert panel. For more information, visit Data Robotics at

Data Robotics, DroboElite, and BeyondRAID are trademarks of Data Robotics, Inc., that may be registered in some jurisdictions. All other trademarks used are owned by their respective owners.

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