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Overland Data, Inc., a technology leader in automated tape backup products, today announced the immediate availability of a line of automated tape backup products that incorporate backward-read compatible Super DLTtape™ drives.

“Overland has been at the forefront of innovation in DLTtape automation. We enjoyed a three month time-to-market advantage, shipping non-backward read compatible Super DLTtape technology and we will be the first to ship backward read compatible Super DLTtape automation solutions,” said Howard Rippiner, marketing manager EMEA, Overland Data. “Super DLTtape technology will allow Overland to continue building on our record of high-value, scalable storage automation solutions that help our customers meet the challenges of operating in storage-intensive LAN and Storage Area Network environments.”

“Super DLTtape drives coupled with Overland's expertise in automation products offer an extraordinary storage solution for customers in a variety of business environments,” said William Boles vice president, marketing, Quantum DLTtape Group. “Super DLTtape products extend Quantum’s long tradition for excellence in performance, reliability and protection of customer investments in DLTtape technology.”

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 Quantum Super DLTtape

The SDLT 220 tape drive operates at capacity of 110 GB and a transfer rate of 11MB/sec (native uncompressed), with future generations leading up to more than one terabyte of storage capacity and a 100 MB/sec data transfer rate per data cartridge. Like previous generations of DLTtape drives, Super DLTtape technology supports all major systems and platforms, including UNIX, Linux, Netware, Windows NT, Windows 2000 and Mac OS. All major Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) support the entire Quantum DLTtape line. Find out more about Super DLTtape at

About Quantum

Quantum Corporation, founded in 1980, is a leader in data protection, meeting enterprise customer needs through storage solutions and services. The company’s DLT and Storage Systems Group (NYSE:DSS) is the world’s largest supplier of DLTtape™ automation systems, providing a range of leading tape libraries from the workgroup to the data centre and such related services as data protection consulting and storage network integration support. Quantum is a member of the Open Storage Networking (OSN) Initiative, which is dedicated to providing standards-based, integrated solutions and services that make storage area networks (SANs) open and easier to use, including in combination with network attached storage (NAS).

As the world’s leading supplier of DLTtape drives, Quantum has established DLTtape as the industry standard platform and a leader in data protection for mid-range servers. Recently, Quantum began shipping the first drives in its next generation Super DLTtape™ product family. Super DLTtape, which is scalable up to a terabyte and backward-read compatible with DLT 4000, 7000 and 8000 tape drives, will further extend Quantum’s leading tape technology in the enterprise market.
Quantum is also a leader in the market for workgroup-class NAS appliances through its wholly owned subsidiary, Snap Appliances, Inc.

Quantum DSS sales for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2000, were $1.4 billion. Quantum Corp., 500 McCarthy Blvd., Milpitas, CA 95035, (408) 894-4000,

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.

* DLTtape and Super DLT are trademarks of Quantum Corp.


Howard Rippiner

Overland Data (Europe) Ltd.

+44 (0) 1189 898022

Paul Shlackman/Alex Murphy

Strategic Alliance International

+44 (0) 1494 434434

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