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Overland Data, Inc., a technology leader in automated tape backup products, today became the first tape library manufacturer to ship Super DLTtape technology units to customers.

Digital Tape Solutions, a distributor based in Australia, is the first revenue customer to take advantage of Overland’s highly-acclaimed SuperDLT LoaderXpress®. The SuperDLT LoaderXpress is the first of an entirely new generation of automated storage solutions built around Super DLTtape technology, planned to be delivered to the national and international markets starting in the first quarter of 2001.

"The capacity and performance of Super DLTtape technology and the reliability of the DLT platform enables us to extend our leadership in the mid-range and enterprise markets, as well as help ensure the success of the next generation DLTtape automated storage solutions," said Howard Rippiner, marketing manager EMEA at Overland. "Overland’s customers will be better equipped to meet the growing data storage needs with a high-value, scalable storage automation solution."

Overland’s SuperDLT LoaderXpress has a native capacity of up to 110 gigabytes per cartridge and a data rate performance of up to 11 MB (22MB/sec with compression). This powerful new product provides 1.1 TB of capacity in an automated Super DLTtape solution that makes loading single tapes a thing of the past.

The boost in capacity provided by Super DLTtape technology to the LoaderXpress enables network servers to be backed up for more than two months without any operator intervention. Despite its entry-level price, the SuperDLT LoaderXpress delivers a convenient cartridge magazine design that simplifies media loading and storage, and the field-proven reliability of Overland’s mainframe-class robotics technology that is equally suitable for an enterprise-level application.

The impressive performance and capacity of the new Overland SuperDLT LoaderXpress reflects a combination of Quantum’s innovative Super DLTtape technology and Overland’s industry-leading expertise in tape automation products. As Overland enhances its existing products with Super DLTtape drives, it will also implement an upgrade programme for current Overland DLT customers.

Overland DLTtape 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., 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.

* DLTtape is a registered trademark of Quantum Corp. worldwide


Howard RippinerOverland Data (Europe) Ltd.

+44 (0)1189 898022

Paul Shlackman/Alex Murphy

Strategic Alliance International

+44 (0)1494 434434

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