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Overland Storage announces LTO4 tape drive availability

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Overland Storage, a provider of tape- and disk-based backup and recovery solutions, has announced that its NEO Series and ARCvault families of tape automation will use HP fourth-generation linear open-tape drives, known as LTO4. 

"HP was chosen as Overland's LTO4 tape drive supplier due to the relationship that exists between the two companies and HP's leadership in the LTO tape drive market," says Scott McClendon, interim president and CEO of Overland Storage.
Additionally, HP LTO4 tape drives, which offer device-level encryption, improved performance, and higher capacity than previous LTO generations, will be integrated into the HP StorageWorks MSL6000 tape libraries manufactured by Overland under an OEM contract.
"HP values its relationship with Overland both as a supplier for the HP StorageWorks MSL line and as a customer of our tape drives," says Bob Wilson, vice president, Nearline, StorageWorks Division, HP. "We look forward to supporting Overland in introducing LTO4 tape drive technology in their products."
The combination of improvements in capacity and performance as well as support for data encryption makes LTO4 a compelling enhancement for customers looking for faster backup and/or improved data retention.
Says Dineo Mosupye, Overland product specialist at Drive Control Corporation (DCC), distributor of Overland Storage solutions, "The inclusion of HP's LTO4 tape drives will provide our resellers and their end user customers with the benefit of greater storage capacity and higher transfer speeds. With LTO4, Overland Storage's NEO SERIES libraries and ARCvault solutions will scale from 9.6 Terabytes to 1.6 petabytes and reach speeds of up to 20 Terabytes per hour, satisfying the needs of customers of all sizes."
"The introduction of LTO4 represents another compelling event in the storage industry," adds Grover. "The decision to add LTO4 support to the MSL6000 series from HP reflects the ongoing demand for the products and how well these libraries have held up over time."