Industrys First Disk-based Alternative to Tape AutoLoaders

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Overland Storage, Inc. (NasdaqNM: OVRL), the leading provider of backup and recovery solutions, today introduced the REO 1000, the industrys first disk-based alternative to entry-level (1u and 2u form-factor) tape autoloaders.
 
The newest addition to the rapidly growing REO family, the REO 1000 accelerates the backup process and provides high-speed file restores, delivering more cost-effective data protection than entry-level tape autoloaders. The product will be carried by leading direct marketers and distributors, and customer sales of the REO 1000 have already commenced.
 
According to Gartner Dataquest, the tape autoloader market is valued at over $1.4 billion in revenue for the 2003-2006 forecast period. The REO 1000 allows Overlands direct marketers and distributors to capitalize on this opportunity with a feature-rich alternative to tape autoloaders, and provides end users a cost-effective solution designed to enhance the backup process, delivering significant backup capacity, high-speed file restores, and enhanced data availability and reliability.
 
Regulation compliance and disaster recovery initiatives are two factors that are driving demand for efficient backup and recovery solutions among small and medium-sized businesses," said Steve Winandy, director of advanced technologies at CDW Corporation. "CDW offers these companies well-trained account managers and technical specialists to assist them in selecting innovative products, like the REO 1000, that can help them meet their objectives." CDW carries a full portfolio of Overland products geared for SMBs and branch offices.
 
A recent research study of end-user storage needs conducted by Robert W. Baird & Co. indicates that the top concerns regarding secondary storage are decreasing backup windows, recovery time, reliability, cost and complexity, said Robert Scroop, vice president and general manager, Overland Storage. REO 1000 addresses these concerns by accelerating the backup process, providing disk-speed restores and data redundancy all at an unbeatable price. In addition, the REO 1000 provides manageability, flexibility and reliability features not found in entry-level tape autoloaders, including virtualized storage elements, the ability to appear to backup servers and applications as either disk or tape, and RAID data protection.
 
"Small and medium businesses need an affordable, easy-to-use data protection solution that automates the backup and recovery process and reduces the risk of business interruptions," said Dianne McAdam, senior analyst and partner, Data Mobility Group. "The ability of the REO 1000 to be dynamically configured as disk, tape or both is unlike anything else on the market. In short, the REO 1000 offers flexible features for small and medium businesses at an affordable price."

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