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Overland Data, Inc., the market leader in mid-range tape automation solutions, and Gadzoox Networks Inc., a global supplier of intelligent storage area network (SAN) products, today announced that Gadzoox Networks’ 1Gb and 2Gb switch products have been certified by Overland Data with the Neo series tape libraries and Fibre Channel Option card.

“Interoperability and certification testing is an essential requirement for our customers as they strengthen their networks to include or enhance disaster recovery plans,” said Clark Foy, vice president of sales and marketing, Gadzoox Networks. “As a result of intense industry focus on disaster recovery, we have been working with Overland Data to provide an interoperable value-based solution to the SAN market.”

“Recognising the importance to our customers of fully tested solutions, Overland Data is proud to partner with Gadzoox Networks in an effort to ensure product compatibility,” said Chet Baffa, Overland’s vice president of sales. “Our Neo series and Fibre Channel Option card coupled with Gadzoox Networks’ Capellix or Slingshot fibre channel switches provide the market with a standards-based storage solution offering both high performance and value.”

The Gadzoox Networks 2Gb Slingshot family and 1Gb Capellix series of switches were tested with Overland’s Neo series tape libraries and Fibre Channel Option card in various SAN configurations with a variety of software and host bus adapter vendors to provide comprehensive solutions. For more information on tested solutions and model numbers, click on:

About Overland Data’s Neo series

Overland’s Neo series, consisting of the LXN2000 and LXN4000 libraries, establishes new benchmarks in non-stop operations, modular architecture and high availability tape automation. By delivering 24 TB of native capacity and an advanced feature set, Neo brings affordable, enterprise-level performance to applications of any size. Each 10U-high LXN4000 tape library base module supports up to four drives and 52 media slots, and each 5U-high LXN2000 library module supports one or two drives and 26 media slots. Each module is optionally supplied with an internal 1 or 2 Gb/s Fibre Channel bridge - the only one of its kind in the tape library industry.

Overland products are backed by the company's innovative Guaranteed Up Time Service (GUTS™) warranty programme ensuring 99 percent uptime performance, the only guarantee of its kind in the industry. Neo is supported with Overland’s standard three-year factory warranty.

About the Slingshot 2Gb Open Fabric Switch Family

The value-leading Slingshot family of 2Gb Fibre Channel switches, the Slingshot 4218 and 4210, boast unprecedented features, including flexible, self-healing trunks, auto-sensing and auto-speed negotiating ports, and the industry’s highest port density. The Slingshot 4210 and 4218 scale 25 percent higher than switches from competitors at half of the price. The Slingshot Family is based on the newest Open Fabric standard, FC-SW-2, which enables users to confidently build a heterogeneous SAN fabric. At less than ,000 per port, the Slingshot family offers:

· 2Gb speed that enables users to meet the requirements of high-performance applications

· 18 ports in a 1U form factor or 10 ports in a 1U half-rack wide form factor, saving customers valuable space and money

· Support for fabric and loop protocols at 1Gb and 2Gb speeds and standards-based interoperability with products from other vendors, ensuring backward and forward compatibility to protect existing systems while allowing for migration to the next generation of Fibre Channel products.

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About Overland

Overland Data, Inc. is a global supplier of innovative data storage and storage automation solutions for computer networks. The Company’s reputation for delivering high availability products, as well as its award-winning SmartScale Storage® architecture which set the standard for intelligent automated storage and scalability, has established Overland as a leader in the mid-range tape automation market. Overland sells its products worldwide through leading OEMs, commercial distributors, storage integrators and value-added resellers.

For more information about Overland and its data storage solutions, visit

About Gadzoox Networks

Gadzoox Networks, the first company to announce and demonstrate 2Gb Open Fabric switch technology, offers value-leading Storage Area Network (SAN) products that enable the deployment of high availability clusters, advanced backup solutions, and storage consolidation strategies. The Slingshot Family of 2Gb Open Fabric switches and the Capellix Family of 1Gb Loop switches facilitate continuous access to data, disaster recovery solutions, faster and more reliable backups, and the reduction of storage management expenses. Gadzoox Networks is a voting member of the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), with corporate headquarters located at 5850 Hellyer Avenue in San Jose, California.

For more information about Gadzoox Networks' products and technology advancements in the SAN industry, visit the company's Web site at

Gadzoox and the Gadzoox logo are registered trademarks of Gadzoox Networks, Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.


Howard Rippiner
Overland Data (Europe) Ltd.
+44 (0) 1189

Paul Shlackman/Alex Murphy
Strategic Alliance International
+44 (0) 1494 434434

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