Overland branches into business continuity

By Dave Simpson

 -- Overland Storage is going beyond its roots in disk/tape-based backup/recovery/archival into protecting servers, operating systems and applications with the REO Business Continuity Appliance (BCA), which was introduced today.

The REO BCA is based on Overland's REO virtual tape library (VTL), and is designed for both continuous local backup as well as remote disaster recovery. Key additions to the core NEO appliance include capacity-optimized replication, application-aware failback functionality (via an optional failback REO BCA), and the ability to achieve "near zero" (seconds or minutes) recovery point objectives (RPO) and recovery time objectives (RTO) via continuous data protection (CDP) and real-time replication.

"We're addressing SMBs' need for simplicity combined with near-zero RPO and RTO," says Ravi Pendekanti, Overland's vice president of worldwide marketing.

The REO BCA supports physical and virtual servers, including VMware, Hyper-V and XenServer, and can be used in any physical and virtual server combinations (e.g., P2P, P2V, V2P and V2V data migration). Applications supported include Windows and Linux file services, and Microsoft Exchange and SQL Server.

Overland also added an application called Environmental Profiler, a reporting tool that identifies performance issues such as bottlenecks, and produces statistics on network (LAN or WAN) utilization, I/O throughput, network bandwidth, RPO actualization, compression ratios, and data, network and storage resource utilization.

The REO BCA 100 is a 1U appliance that supports up to five application servers, and the REO BCA 200 is a 2U appliance that supports up to 10 application servers. Pricing starts at approximately $24,000.

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This article was originally published on July 07, 2009