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Overland Completes Reorganization; Launch New iSCSI SAN Produc

Overland Storage has come through a corporate restructuring by today introducing its first iSCSI storage area network (SAN) appliance designed to simplify storage deployment and management for midsized companies.Overland, which has replaced its CEO and other top executives with storage industry veterans over the last year, unveiled the SnapServer SAN S2000, a $15,000 (starting price) device that features automated provisioning, compatibility with multiple operating systems and a simplified management dashboard for companies lacking a deep IT bench.

The SnapServer introduction repositions the 29-year-old Overland to expand beyond its tape storage legacy into SAN and to serve one of the fastest-growing segments of the disk storage market, iSCSI SAN products selling in the $15,000 to $20,000 range. Snap also allows Overland to emerge as a seller of name brand storage and less of an OEM supplier to other companies.

"We want to be able to deliver to the midsized market technology that a lot of large organizations are able to deploy because they have the resources and the budget to do that," said Jillian Mansolf, vice president of sales and marketing at the San Diego-based firm. "The midsized market [is] facing all the same challenges."

SnapServer is based on Snap network-attached storage (NAS) products Overland acquired from Adaptec in 2008. The basic system is a 2U 19-inch rack-mounted appliance that stores up to 24 terabytes (TB) of data. Expansion units can be purchased starting at $3,000 each that can extend system capacity to 120TB. The SAN S2000 supports Windows, Linux, Mac OS X or Novell NetWare operating systems as well as VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization. It is also designed to combine set-up, allocation, replication, data protection and other chores into one dashboard, said Mansolf.

"We've got one application that has...one screen where you can manage your entire infrastructure," she said. With plug-and-play architecture and a Windows based, Wizard-like user interface, "we take 20 steps down to two or three mouse clicks."

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