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Storage Industry Leader To Leverage Shared I/O Technology From InfiniCon Systems; First to Introduce InfiniBand to Tape Automation Market


Overland Data, Inc.®, a market leader in enterprise and mid-range tape automation solutions, today announced it has formed a strategic alliance with InfiniCon Systems to collaborate on InfiniBand-based solutions for Overland’s Neo series tape libraries.


The companies have agreed initially to begin interoperability testing of Overland’s Neo 2000 and Neo
4000 libraries with InfiniCon’s ISISä shared input/output (I/O) system. InfiniCon’s ISIS architecture will permit Overland’s tape automation systems – operating in Fibre Channel-based storage environments – to be seamlessly accessed by servers enabled with InfiniBandä, an emerging high-speed interconnect standard for data centres.


“We’re ahead of the curve on this one,” said Bob Scroop, vice president and general manager, Storage Resource Business Unit, Overland Data. “Working with InfiniCon will help make it possible to more quickly and cost-effectively integrate InfiniBand technology into our tape libraries in preparation for tomorrow’s highly scalable, highly manageable data centres based on InfiniBand.”


Storage is viewed as a market primed to embrace the performance benefits of the InfiniBand architecture, which can provide the high-throughput and low latency interconnect essential for accessing and retrieving business-critical data under today’s information workload.


“Our relationship with Overland points to the very practical value that InfiniCon’s shared I/O architecture brings to vendors and enterprise customers alike,” stated InfiniCon vice president of sales and marketing, Bill King. “Because ISIS makes it easy for InfiniBand servers to co-exist with existing networks and applications, users of Overland’s Neo tape series can implement higher performance backup/recovery solutions, through a data centre infrastructure that is significantly simpler to manage.”


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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 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.


About InfiniCon Systems, Inc.


InfiniCon Systems, Inc. is a premier developer of shared I/O subsystems. The company's products are designed to reduce complexity, improve manageability and lower total cost of ownership by allowing InfiniBand-capable servers access to Fibre Channel, Ethernet and server-to-server communication via an intelligent, high availability shared I/O subsystem. InfiniCon Systems is headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. The company is a member of the InfiniBand Trade Association, DAT Collaborative, Direct Access File System (DAFS) Collaborative and the Storage Network Industry Association.

Additional information is available at the company's Web site, http://www.infiniconsys.com .


Contact:


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


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


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