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February 16, 2010

Overland Storage unveils new iSCSI SAN platform

Includes autoprovisioning feature that tracks disk usage and automatically extends capacity

By CBR Staff Writer

Overland Storage has unveiled a new SnapServer SAN S2000, which enables companies with Windows, VMware, Hyper-V, UNIX, Linux, or Mac OS X to take advantage of SAN capabilities, including active-active mirroring and failover, snapshots, replication and Microsoft Cluster Server support.

The new iSCSI SAN platform includes autoprovisioning feature that tracks disk usage and automatically extends volumes and is a 2U base system that can be expanded up to 120TB utilising SnapServer E2000 expansion units. It enables policy-based storage volume growth to occur in a just-in-time manner without IT intervention, eliminating guesswork and over-provisioning, the company claims.

According to Overland Storage, the SnapServer SAN S2000 integrates directly into the VMware management application to provide simplified data store creation wizards for provisioning targets, the ability to provision storage for ESX clusters within VMware utilising customised tools and VMware for ESX data stores using native VMware utilities. In addition, it is also certified to support Windows Hyper-V Server for Microsoft virtualization deployments.

The company said the SnapServer SAN’s active-active failover capabilities ensure high availability and maximum uptime for companies with standalone or clustered Windows servers running applications such as Microsoft Exchange and SQL Server.

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In addition, the new offering includes a VSS provider (Volume Shadow Copy Services) that supports business continuity in the event of a disaster and increases backup efficiency while ensuring application consistency during backup and replication.

Eric Kelly, president and CEO of Overland Storage, said: “The SnapServer SAN S2000 not only builds on this reputation, but actually brings a new level of innovation and sophistication to the product line.

“We remain completely focused on listening to and addressing the specific storage needs of businesses by offering storage solutions that can quickly and easily be deployed within existing environments for instant scalability and reliability. Overland strives to deliver storage solutions that are truly effortless for businesses of any size.”

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