Overland Storage reboots with product and tech drive

Loads of 'cool, exciting' products on the way

The S1000 has a 2U enclosure containing one or two controllers which can be set up in an active:active relationship with automatic failover. These are hot swap controllers accompanied by hot swap drives, power supplies, and fans. There are 12 2TB SATA drives and there can be four E1000 expansion boxes, taking maximum capacity up to 120TB.

Customers can also use SAS and green SATA drives, plus controller-driven spin down for power-savings when data has a low access rate.

Walsky said 3TB drives would be used as soon as they are qualified. There are no solid state drives as they are not needed in this section of the storage market. The interfaces available are 1 and 10 GigE, 4Gbit/s Fibre Channel and 6Gbit/s SAS, and there are multiple RAID levels including RAID 6.

Overland provides online RAID migration and volume expansion, plus copy on write snapshots and Microsoft VSS support. The host operating systems supported are Windows, Mac OS X, VMware(ESX 4.0 and 4.1), Linux and Unix.

Walsky said the competition includes Dell, the main competitor, Dot Hill, HP and NetApp, as well as Infortrend and Promise. The starting list price is $6,995 (£4,550), which is a nice low number.

Slowly at first, and now with a quickening pace, the old tramp steamer that was Overland is being rebuilt. It is not a sleek super-yacht yet, but the channel has new products to sell. The SnapServer, NEO libraries and REO tape product ranges have all been refreshed and, under the stewardship of engineering VP and chief technology guy Geoff Barrall, new product developments are coming out.

It is as if a startup egg has been laid in the Overland nest and is now hatching out, reshaping the company from the inside. Mansolf is excited. Watch out for new products hatching out well before the end of next year. ®

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