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Market research firm releases 2001 figures for suppliers of tape automation products based on SDLT, DLT, LTO and 8mm drives

Overland Data, Inc., a market leader in mid-range tape automation solutions, today announced it has outperformed all other tape automation companies in terms of percent unit growth in the mid-range automation market during calendar year 2001. Overland grew its unit shipments from 17 percent in 2000 to 23 percent in 2001, representing more than a 30 percent increase in unit share. This represents the fastest unit growth for any company in the mid-range tape automation market.

These statistics are confirmed by IDC, which released its 2001 figures for the mid-range automation market (which includes SDLT, DLT, LTO and 8mm tape drives). IDC reports that the more than 24,000 tape automation units shipped by Overland Data represents 23 percent of the mid-range tape automation market.

In so doing, Overland also increased its share of the total unit market for tape automation of all sizes (from 4 to over 1,000 cartridges) based upon mid-range tape drives reaching 17 percent share of IDC’s Worldwide Total Automation Unit Share report.

“Overland Data has shown strong growth in the mid-range automation tape library space,” said Robert Amatruda, senior analyst with IDC. “They continue to demonstrate focus in this key area of storage products.”

Overland’s mid-range products are led by its new flagship Neo Series of tape libraries, introduced in March 2001, which is considered by many to be ‘best-of-breed’ in the mid-range tape storage segment based on its true modular field scalability and highly fault-tolerant design.

“We attribute our continued growth to our modular product design which is perfectly suited for this economy, superior product features used to assure 24/7/365 operation and business continuity, and our expanded and focused sales strategy designed to capitalize on our loyal reseller channels.,” said Christopher Calisi, president and CEO of Overland Data.

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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. For more information, visit Overland's Web site at .


Howard Rippiner
Overland Data (Europe) Ltd.
+44 (0) 1189 898022

Sian Ford/Alex Murphy
Strategic Alliance International
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