Overland Embraces Disk Backup


Overland Storage is embracing the trend toward disk-based backup with a new high-performance offering that supports both iSCSI and Fibre Channel.

Overland, which made its name in tape, says it designed its new REO 4000 appliance to optimize both backup and recovery, for "near-instantaneous restores and significantly shorter backup windows."

 Overland REO 4000

Overland REO 4000

At $13,500 for the iSCSI configuration and $17,500 for the Fibre Channel configuration, which includes both iSCSI and Fibre Channel connectivity, the REO 4000 is also priced competitively.

The REO 4000 sports high-capacity Serial ATA (SATA) disks, specialized software, and RAID 5 capabilities, along with speedy transfer rates of up to 300 GB per hour. The appliance can operate either as disk or virtual tape for easy integration into existing backup and recovery processes.

Analysts expect use of disk-based backup to grow. According to a recent Taneja Group survey, 76% of storage managers say they plan to utilize both tape and disk in the next year, and IDC found that 60% of U.S. IT managers are, or plan to, use disk-based backup systems to reduce backup windows and speed application recovery.

"Solutions like Overland's REO 4000 that provide end users with a reliable and secure data protection process for both Fibre Channel or iSCSI storage environments will play a major role in enhancing companies' data protection and business continuity plans," states IDC storage systems VP Richard Villars.

Overland says the 2-8 TB REO 4000 can be integrated with tape automation to combine the instant data recovery of disk and the long-term archival benefits of tape for a complete disk-to-disk-to-tape (D2D2T) solution. Tape emulation allows data to be managed in LTO-2 tape format for integration with current backup software.

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