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Overland Data Inc., a technology leader in tape backup products, today announced that DaimlerChrysler Germany has selected Overland’s AIT* LibraryPro automated data storage solution for two German Mercedes-Benz branch offices in Frankfurt and Darmstadt.

The Mercedes-Benz branch in Frankfurt/Offenbach, one of Mercedes-Benz first ever regional sales divisions, was founded in 1889 and consists of six offices with 1010 employees. With 280 employees, the Darmstadt office is also part of the regional sales office network. The Mercedes-Benz regional sales offices provide the automotive manufacturer’s full range of products, including all automobiles, transporters and omnibuses in their new and used lines. Besides the comprehensive sales offering, the branches offer the possibility of leasing and buying on credit, as well as the vehicle maintenance and insurance.

Mercedes-Benz sought to centralise data backup for all connected branch offices and required a scalable solution in order to enable the combination of the different locations’ units into one. With this in mind, and because of an increasing data load, the company needed performance and reliability. Previous backup solutions based on DDS3 and DLT 4000 technology were no longer able to handle the data storage requirements.

According to Dieter Roth, IT administrator at DaimlerChrysler Frankfurt/Offenbach branch and Michael Lafloer, IT manager at the Darmstadt branch, "We selected the Overland product because of its high performance, reliability and above all scalability of the Overland AIT LibraryPro. What we got, along with a product that specifically met our needs, was unparalleled service and support and an unbeatable warranty."

"The DaimlerChrysler regional branches are a vivid demonstration of the full capabilities of our breakthrough storage automation technology," said Steve Richardson, vice president of marketing at Overland. "The AIT LibraryPro product was designed exactly for the type of storage issues that faced the regional sales offices of DaimlerChrysler. As a company with fast-changing storage requirements they demand an extremely reliable and scalable backup solution that wouldn't be obsolete as soon as it was installed. The AIT LibraryPro has performed extremely well in installations worldwide and in the most demanding applications for high quality service of automotive manufacturers. Other customers can look to the German DaimlerChrysler installation as a model of what Overland technology can do for 24/7 business operations."

All LibraryPro products are backed by the company’s innovative Guaranteed Up Time Service, GUTS, warranty programme guaranteeing 99% uptime performance and 100% data recovery, the only guarantee of its kind in the industry.

About Overland

Overland Data, Inc. (NASDAQ: OVRL) is a global supplier of innovative data storage and storage automation solutions for computer networks. The Company’s award-winning DLT LibraryXpress SmartScale Storage® architecture has set the standard for intelligent automated storage and scalability and established Overland as a leader in the mid-range tape storage market. Today, Overland is broadening its product line and technology offerings to address additional segments of the storage market, including the entry-level small-business market, as well as the higher-end enterprise environment. Overland's patented Variable Rate Randomizer (VR2) data encoding technology, capable of substantially increasing the capacity and throughput of linear tape formats, is being applied by the Company to its entry-level tape drive offerings. It has also been licensed to Imation Corp., Seagate Technology, StorageTek and Tandberg Data. Overland products, acclaimed for their quality and reliability, are sold worldwide through leading OEMs, including Compaq, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, Groupe Bull, IBM and NCR commercial distributors such as Bell Microproducts, Ingram Micro and Tech Data Corp., as well as storage integrators and value-added resellers.

* Advanced Intelligent Tape and AIT are trademarks of Sony Electronics.

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