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Overland Data, Inc., a technology leader in automated tape backup products, today announced it has awarded Gold Partner status to Swindon-based NCE Computer Group (Europe) in recognition of the company’s outstanding sales and support for the Overland product family. NCE is Overland’s first European reseller to become a Gold Partner.

The Gold Partner accreditation programme was developed to take advantage of the growth in opportunities in the tape storage market and the move towards SAN and NAS architectures. The programme recognises and supports top performing resellers who have committed to selling Overland products now and in the future and who have made an investment in terms of training and expertise.

“The Gold Partner label is our seal of quality, serving to assure our end users that they are in the best possible hands when it comes to Overland equipment,” explains Nick Charles, managing director and vice president for Overland’s Europe, Middle East & Africa region. “We are delighted to appoint NCE as Gold Partner. The knowledge and experience of NCE has proved paramount to its success in implementing data storage solutions and we are very pleased to give them formal recognition for this.”

As an Overland Gold Partner, NCE will benefit from:

- Technical and sales training.

- Receiving pre-qualified leads generated through Overland’s demand generation programmes giving partners the power to grow their business rapidly.

- Being eligible to participate in exclusive partner programmes through Overland‘s distributors. These include telemarketing campaigns, reseller and Overland-created direct mail and advertising.

- Access to the Overland EMEA password-protected Extranet website which provides access to sales support information, news on upcoming events and details on promotions and programmes, etc.

- Overland support at regional and national exhibitions, seminars, briefings, etc.

- Discounted product prices for loaders, libraries and network products for use in demonstration suites or on-site demonstrations with potential customers.

“With this accolade Overland has recognised NCE’s impartial and unbiased approach to tape backup. In turn, NCE appreciates the strengths of the Overland product line and Gold Partner status. Everyone at NCE is extremely positive about working with Overland’s products and we are honoured to have been appointed first Gold Partner for our overall contribution to their sales and support,” said Jim Raven, managing director of NCE.

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About NCE

NCE Computer Group is an international service provider specialising in Tape technologies. The company was founded in San Diego, California in 1981. Its European operation was founded in Swindon, UK in 1997 and has a staff of 20. The company has ISO 9002 accreditation and it is committed to quality repairs & service. It is currently the fastest-growing repair centre in Europe.

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.

* A trademark or trade name of an entity other than Overland.


Contact:

Howard Rippiner
Overland Data (Europe) Ltd.
+44 (0) 1189 898022
hrippiner@overlanddata.com

Paul Shlackman/Alex Murphy
Strategic Alliance International
+44 (0) 1494 434434
alexm@strategicpr.net

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