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Overland Bolsters REO Backup Line With New Software, Appliances

Overland Storage this week updated its REO line of disk-based backup appliances, which now can connect directly to its NEO tape automation products, and told attendees at its annual partner summit to lead with REO when making customer calls.

Held Tuesday on a cruise ship docked in San Diego, the summit featured the introduction of three software modules: ProtectionPAC, Multi-SitePAC and AutomationPAC, which are designed to help solution providers bring data-protection services to customers on existing and new REO appliances.

ProtectionPAC, the core software module for all REOs, allows many storage services to be performed without an additional server, said Bob Farkaly, director of diskware products at San Diego-based Overland. ProtectionPAC enables REO appliances to be dynamically configured in any combination of up to 64 virtual disk volumes or virtual tape drives.

When emulating tape drives, data from host servers can be backed up in the native tape format, allowing backups to work with no modifications to software or processes. But unlike with tape, users can search for individual files by file name for quick recovery, Farkaly said.

Also included in ProtectionPAC is Dynamic Virtual Tape, which allows a virtual tape cartridge to be configured to as small as 1 Gbyte and dynamically enlarged while a backup job is running, instead of having to specify a fixed size for the backup, Farkaly said. "This is a more efficient, more effective use of storage," he noted.

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