Strong value proposition from Overland claims

JOHANNESBURG (12/01/2003) - Local distributor Channel Data has introduced Overland Storage's new family of tape libraries, the NEO 8000 series, to the local market.

Designed for storage area network (SAN) operations, the family is said to feature a base model and numerous expansion models, each with storage capacity breakpoints.

"Capacity ranges from 100 to 500 cartridges in a 19-inch rack footprint, making these the highest density libraries currently available to the storage marketplace," says Kevin Falconer, storage manager at Channel Data.

Comments Robert Amatruda, research manager: tape and removable storage at IDC: "Overland's new NEO 8000 tape library offers enterprise-class features with a strong value proposition. The company will address an expanding group of value-conscious customers, who have large tape automation requirements."

The NEO 8000 tape library offers partitioning, which in turn enables companies to simplify storage management with consolidation. "Many ICT organizations are frustrated by the need to maintain disparate and incompatible back-up environments, while at the same time knowing that centralization of their backups will reduce cost and improve reliability," says Falconer.

"The Neo series' partitioning now makes it possible to centralize these existing environments without expensive software conversions," he adds.

The libraries also offer high-availability, non-stop features. In addition to full redundancy, hot-swap drive replacement and browser-based remote library monitoring and control, the system's robotics are also to include NoTouch functionality.

NoTouch aims to ensure fast and accurate inventory of all tape cartridges within systems, whether barcode labels are applied or not.

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