Faster, bigger tape drives from Overland Storage, DCC

Drive Control Corp. (DCC) says that Overland Storage Inc. NEO Series tape libraries are now offered with Super Digital Linear Tape (SDLT) 600 tape drives, which are designed to provide higher capacity and better performance.

SDLT 600 tape drives are the most recent technology improvement from tape drive manufacturer, Quantum Corp.

Peet van der Merwe, Overland product manager at DCC, says the inclusion of the SDLT 600 tape drives in the Overland tape libraries improves both the capacity and performance of the tape libraries.

"The SDLT 600 tape drives offer 300GB native, with 600GB compressed capacity -- significantly more than the previous iteration of SDLT tape drives, which offered 320GB maximum capacity," says Van der Merwe.

The performance of the SDLT tape drives is also impressive, with a sustained data transfer rate of 36MBps in native mode, translating to about 129GB per hour.

"SDLT 600 is radical change, in that both the tape drives and the cartridges are completely new, yet the drives are fully backward-read compatible," Van der Merwe adds.

The NEO2000 and 4000 tape libraries are aimed at small to medium organizations' backup requirements, with the NEO8000 providing the necessary performance and capacity to address large corporate data protection configurations, the company says.

The NEO Series of tape libraries is completely scalable to offer a range of solutions which can accommodate many organizational needs, DCC adds.

DCC sells the Overland range of products through its reseller channel, and is the only Overland Authorised Service Provider in southern Africa, servicing and maintaining Overland equipment through service level agreements and maintenance contracts.

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