Overland Unveils Unified Version of SnapServer Array

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-07-22 Print this article Print

SnapServer N2000 is a block-and-file-level NAS or SAN package aimed at virtualized environments running VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V or Citrix XenServer. It is integrated for Windows and Unix and can scale up to 144TB in a mere 2U form factor.

Overland Storage, a diversified storage supplier that is on a comeback after facing serious financial challenges a few years ago, on July 22 unveiled a new unified version of the popular network-attached SnapServer storage array for midrange and larger enterprises.

SnapServer N2000 is a block-and-file-level NAS or SAN package aimed at virtualized environments running VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V or Citrix XenServer. It is integrated for Windows and Unix and can scale up to 144TB in a mere 2U form factor.

The N2000's application bundle includes replication, snapshot capability for both file and iSCSI volumes, the ability to manage multiple SnapServers from one console, and support for both high-performance SAS and SATA drives in a single device.

The SnapServer N2000, which runs on Overland's own GuardianOS, is designed for businesses with high-transaction data-flow environments.

The new system can be installed and operated by non-IT specialists, the company said. The N2000 features intuitive wizards to guide users through installation and creation of storage volumes; it also has a Web-based management console for system administration.

Overland's central management application, SnapServer Manager, enables IT staff to manage all SnapServer NAS and SAN devices from a single interface.

"The rate of virtualization adoption by medium-sized businesses continues to increase. These businesses need to deploy storage solutions that will work within their increasingly complex environments but without the higher price tag associated with enterprise systems," said Benjamin Woo, IDC's program vice-president of worldwide storage systems.

"The SnapServer N2000 delivers the right mix of NAS and iSCSI, price and performance ideal for midrange businesses that are virtualizing their data infrastructure."

SnapServer N2000 is available now with configurations that start at $5,000. For a short time, Overland is offering a "Double Your Capacity" option that enables companies to purchase a 4TB N2000 and receive a free upgrade to an 8TB system.

Overland bought the SnapServer franchise from Adaptec in June 2008 and has been improving the product line on a regular basis.

Overland also is known for its digital tape products and has a loyal installed base in that sector.

Last February, the company introduced a line of NEO E Series enterprise backup and tape archive packages incorporating the company's homegrown and updated LTO-5 software, which consolidates disk and tape storage and essentially doubles the capacity of previous Overland deployments through deduplication and compression.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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