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Overland Drives Disk Harder

In a bid to stay ahead of customer trends, Overland Storage Inc. (Nasdaq: OVRL), which made its fortune in tape libraries, is rolling out a new series of disk-based backup-and-recovery appliances.

By April 20, Overland plans to ship the REO 4000, a secondary storage backup unit designed for midrange applications -- that is, those positioned between storage networks for small businesses and large-scale enterprises.

There's news here on several counts. First off, Overland's new kit is yet another sign of the sharper focus tape backup vendors have on disk. According to Peri Grover, director of product management at Overland, over 50 percent of IT-ers are using or looking to use more disk-based backup, because it offers fast access for recovery. But many still like tape's portability. So there's room for products that support both.

This isn't Overland's first delve into disk. The company launched the REO 2000 early in September 2003 (see Overland Ships iSCSI Backup Boxes), in line with rollouts from the likes of Advanced Digital Information Corp. (Nasdaq: ADIC) and Storage Technology Corp. (StorageTek) (NYSE: STK). (See ADIC Whips Out Big Disk, StorageTek: The Next Disk Titan?, and Quantum Digs Into Disk Backup.)

But Overland didn't go far enough with the REO 2000, which had only iSCSI connectivity and Windows support. "That's certainly not where the masses are today," Grover says.

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