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Revolutionary Design Offers Unprecedented Mid-Range Storage Density

Overland Data, Inc., a technology leader in automated tape backup products, today introduced its LibraryXpress Neo Series, a next generation library that features Overland’s revolutionary new robotics design. Among the key benefits offered by the Neo Series are unprecedented storage density, availability and reliability (99.999% uptime guaranteed in libraries) and the ability to mix media formats - DLT* 8000, Super DLT* and/or LTO (Linear Tape Open) Ultrium* drives - in the same library.

Incorporating Overland’s new Distributed Robotic Architecture (DRA), the Neo Series provides separate robotics for each library module within a multi-module system, further advancing Overland’s world-leadership in expandable, modular robotics technology. Other significant features include redundant hot-swappable drives, power supplies and robotics, eliminating any single point of failure and providing unprecedented uptime. Redundant components can be activated locally, remotely through a web browser or automatically through scripting to achieve continuous availability.

Less than 25 centimetres high, the compact form factor Neo Series LXN 2000 module is available with mixed media format in one library, including DLT* 8000, Super DLT* and/or LTO (Linear Tape Open) Ultrium* drives to provide the utmost in compatibility, capacity, performance and density. When configured with 16 drives, the Neo Series system is scalable from 1 TB to 24 TB native capacity and 21.6 GB/hour to 460.8 GB/hour native performance.


The Neo Series also features a Virtual Interface Architecture (VIA) option bay. Based upon the industry standard Compact PCI bus, the VIA expansion slots allow for customised library capabilities. An optional Fibre Channel interface, capable of supporting LAN-free and server-free backup on all major backup software packages, is available to connect to Storage Area Networks.

"Overland’s Distributed Robotic Architecture, the third generation of our expandable, flexible SmartScale Storage® robotics, creates a revolutionary fault-tolerant tape automation solution, bringing high availability down to midrange servers," said Overland’s vice president of marketing Steve Richardson. "Overland’s reputation in advanced robotics and bullet-proof reliability has once again been confirmed with the Neo Series, allowing Overland to offer a new 99.999% uptime guarantee on this product. We feel that this product sets a new standard in high availability for enterprise class tape automation."

The Neo Series third generation DRA Architecture builds on the installed base of more than 40,000 LibraryXpress users worldwide and, like its predecessors, eliminates the physical limitations of conventional tape library designs. The flexible modular design of the Neo Series LXN2000 supports two drives and 30 media slots. Up to eight LXN2000 modules may be configured into one Neo Series library system for a total multi-module configuration of 16 drives and 240 media slots, in an industry-standard rack.

User-friendly library controls add to the ease of administration. The Neo Series features a touch-screen control panel, remote management, convenient cartridge magazines, a barcode reader and mail slot.

All Overland 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. The Neo Series in high-availability configurations will be guaranteed at 99.999% uptime.

Pricing and Availability

Pricing for the Neo Series starts at around $23,000. The Neo Series will begin shipping starting in March.

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.


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