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Howard Rippiner

Overland Data (Europe) Ltd.

+44 (0)1189 898022

Paul Shlackman/Alex Murphy

Strategic Alliance International

+44 (0)1494 434434

Two New Automated Storage Systems Set Fresh Entry-Level Capacity and Performance Thresholds

Overland Data, Inc., a technology leader in tape backup products, today unveiled its first tape systems to incorporate Seagate Technology Inc.’s high-reliability Viper 200 drives which boast the highest announced data transfer rate in their class. Overland’s two models, the LTO Ultrium LoaderXpress and MinilibraryXpress, in combination with its own field-proven robotics, enable the systems to set new standards for capacity, performance and reliability.

The LTO Ultrium LoaderXpress provides up to 2.2 TB of unattended storage capacity and 1.1 TB native capacity. With native throughput of up to 16 MB/sec the LTO Ultrium LoaderXpress dramatically reduces the backup window and increases backup data volume.

This model is also exceptionally reliable and provides safe, secure backup and on-line access with streaming Ultrium tape technology that greatly extends media life. Overland’s field-proven Mainframe-Class robotics enhance reliability as well, making LTO Ultrium LoaderXpress ideal for automated unattended backup and restore.

The LTO Ultrium LoaderXpress is engineered for ease of use with a removable 11-cartridge magazine designed for easy loading and unloading of tapes. It features built-in web-based remote library monitoring and control capability. Its easy-to-use interface provides direct access to magazines, cartridge and drive status information. It is compatible with all leading software packages including Sun Solaris, Novell NetWare, Windows NT/2000, IBM AIX, SCO UNIX, HP-UX, Mac OS, Tru64 UNIX and Linux for optimal configuration.

Overland’s second model announced today, the LTO Ultrium MinilibraryXpress, offers up to 115.2 GB/hour native throughput and 1.6 TB of native capacity in an affordable dual-drive-ready solution. It is well suited for price-conscious customers who need performance beyond single-drive loaders but who do not require the scalability of a more expensive tape library.

The LTO Ultrium MinilibraryXpress is also an ideal solution for unattended backup and restore operations. Its proven Mainframe-Class robotics ensure reliability and confidence for critical data storage management. It is available in desktop or rackmount models, with one or two tape drives, and a removable 16-cartridge tape magazine.

Overland plans to integrate Seagate’s new Viper 200 drives into the company’s comprehensive line of automated storage solutions from entry-level loaders to its high-end libraries with more than 100 cartridges.

Overland 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 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.

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