Overland debuts iSCSI array

By Dave Simpson

-- To offset declining OEM revenues, Overland Storage is re-positioning itself and focusing on -- and expanding -- its branded product lines. To that end, the company today announced the SnapServer SAN S2000, Overland's first pure iSCSI SAN array.

According to Jillian Mansolf, Overland's vice president of worldwide sales and marketing, the company plans to differentiate the SnapServer SAN S2000 from other iSCSI arrays primarily in the areas of simplified, SnapServer NAS-style management and configuration features, unified management across the SnapServer NAS and SAN lines, and relatively low pricing.

SnapServer SAN S2000 pricing starts at $14,995 for a 2U, 12TB configuration with 12 SATA drives and all software except replication and mirroring, both of which are priced at an additional $2,995.

The disk array can also be configured with SAS drives, and capacity can be expanded up to 120TB (with SATA drives) via 12-drive SnapServer E2000 expansion units ($2,995 without drives).

Overland claims throughput of more than 500MBps with sequential read operations in a SATA-based configuration.

Features include auto-provisioning for automatic capacity expansion; active-active failover; up to 256 snapshots; support for Microsoft Windows Cluster Server, Multi-Path I/O (MPIO) and Volume Shadow Copy Services (VSS); single-step SAN volume creation; and up  to ten Gigabit Ethernet ports. The SnapServer SAN S2000 integrates with VMware via a plug-in for vCenter, and also supports Microsoft Hyper-V virtual server environments

Overland hopes to capitalize on the rapidly growing iSCSI market. IDC expects iSCSI revenues to go from $1.982 billion last year to $2.456 billion this year and more than $3 billion in 2011.

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This article was originally published on February 16, 2010