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Overland Picks Diligent for De-Dupe

Overland Storage has given its VTL (virtual tape library) series a shot of de-duplication from Diligent Technologies, in a move that could boost Overland's prospects while adding another OEM notch to Diligent's belt.

Overland, which has seen its fortunes wane in the last 18 months, following the defection of key OEMs HP and Dell, has made a range of enhancements to its product line lately in an effort to beef up its traction with the high end of the small-to-medium-sized enterprise market.

"We looked at other partners, but Diligent sells into large enterprises," said Jeff Graham, Overland senior product manager, on a call last week. Overland, which has focused on enhancing its VTLs recently, is aiming for a higher level of customer in an effort to differentiate itself from Data Domain and Quantum, which own the SMB/workgroup market.

In this vein, Overland's new REO 9500D Deduplicating VTL Appliance represents a new high watermark in capacity for Overland. It supports up to 187 Tbytes in a 5U chassis that sports dual 4-Gbit/s host connections. In contrast, the biggest non-deduping platform from Overland to date supports 30 Tbytes. The REO 9500D is priced from $65,400 and will ship this month.

One of two early adopters (the second's unnamed) says he's getting at least a 5-to-1 ratio improvement in storage usage, as well as saving labor and stitching up recovery time. "The backup window is a lot better," says Bob O'Connor, CTO at the Girl Scouts of the USA. An uptick in stored data was the impetus for adopting an Overland disk-to-disk-to-tape setup six months ago to serve the Girl Scouts' 5-Tbyte EMC-and-Brocade-based network. A month ago, the group added the REO 9500D to its existing REO 9000 VTL and NEO 2000 LTO tape drives, and they are pleased with the results so far.

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