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Howard Rippiner

Overland Data (Europe) Ltd.

+44 (0)1189 898022

Paul Shlackman/Alex Murphy

Strategic Alliance International

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Overland Data Inc., a technology leader in data storage and backup products, today announced that it will support Sony’s value-line AIT*-1 (SDX-400C) tape drives in its AIT LibraryPro, the only modularly scalable AIT library on the market today.

The LibraryPro with Sony value-line AIT-1 drives boasts a per-module capacity of 20 AIT cartridges and can be scaled up to nine modules for a maximum configuration of 6.3 TB native capacity (up to 16.4 TB with compression) and throughput of 259 GB/hr (up to 674 GB/hr with compression). The new SDX-400C drives offer a capacity of 35GB (91GB compressed) per cartridge and higher performance, with a data transfer rate of 4MB/sec (10.4MB/sec compressed) than the previous AIT-1 drives, at a significantly lower price point.

"Overland is taking advantage of this value opportunity with affordable AIT-1 just as we have done with the remarkable success of the DLT1-based LoaderXpress," said Howard Rippiner, marketing manager EMEA, Overland. "The AIT-1 LibraryPro opens up the proven power and reliability of the AIT format to a new class of users who previously may have been limited to a DDS or comparably priced product. This is an extremely attractive alternative to other entry-level automated storage solutions that lack the robustness of AIT and the scalability of Overland’s modular architecture."

"The new value-line AIT-1 allows vendors like Overland to continue to develop products for the low-end tape automation market, without compromising quality or reliability," said Raj Singh, product manager, for Sony Core Technology & Networking Company. "For price-sensitive customers who need a demonstrated, scalable tape technology, the LibraryPro integrating the SDX-400C series is an extremely cost-effective choice."

Overland’s LibraryPro combines the company’s ultra-reliable Mainframe Class Robotics technology with the inherent advantages of Sony’s AIT technology, which offers the highest data transfer rate, cartridge capacity, longest head life and fastest time to data of all mid-range backup systems in their price class. LibraryPro allows customers to scale the capacity and performance in increments for a customised solution to precisely match their specific storage needs, not locking them into restrictive monolithic library designs that dictate fixed drive and cartridge slot configurations.

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.

The LibraryPro with new value line AIT-1 tape drives will be available in early 2001.

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.

* Advanced Intelligent Tape and AIT are trademarks of Sony Electronics.

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