Drobo Deployments Hit the Exabyte Storage Level
An exabyte represents a long string of zeros; it amounts to 1,000 petabytes, or 1 million terabytes.Network-attached storage maker Drobo revealed this week that in aggregate, its customers have purchased and deployed more than an exabyte of storage using its systems. An exabyte represents a long string of zeros; it amounts to 1,000 petabytes, or 1 million terabytes, or 1 billion gigabytes or the equivalent of 245 million DVDs. Since its first system was introduced in mid-2007, the company said it has sold approximately 250,000 systems--mostly to creative professionals, prosumers, small businesses and enterprises.
San Jose, Calif.-based Drobo uses patented IT that automates complex storage functions. Recently the company has extended its patented BeyondRAID secret sauce to accommodate solid-state devices and cloud storage integration, thanks to a partnership with Barracuda Network's Copy Cloud Service. Drobo storage devices come in a variety of performance and capacity options at prices ranging from less than $600 to about $20,000.