"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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