Channel Data, an authorised distributor of Overland Storage products has
released three new offerings designed to help organisations address their
data storage needs while minimising their carbon footprint.
Overland's Ultamus RAID nearline storage arrays, REO Series disk backup and
recovery appliances, together with NEO Series and ARCvault tape backup and
archive appliances have all been declared RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous
The RoHS agreement restricts the usage of six hazardous materials (lead,
mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls and
polybrominated diphenyl ether in the manufacture of electronic equipment.
Channel Data MD, Mike Hamilton welcomes the announcement. He says the
tightening of environmental compliance measures on a world-wide scale poses
a sizable challenge to high-tech manufacturers and distributors.
"Overland Storage appliances have several environmental and sustainable data
storage advantages," says Hamilton. "Apart from the absence of heavy metals,
they optimise power consumption as they are manufactured in smaller form
factors to a 'cableless' design which results in fewer parts and thus
"They also feature cutting-edge technologies, such as deduplication, which
stores unique instances of data – not all duplicate data – offering an
eco-friendly alternative to data conservation.
"With compression technologies which increase backup disk capacity by a
factor of between 12 and 25 significantly more data can be stored in the
same disk space. This radically reduces hardware costs and decreases energy
consumption, thereby saving electricity."
He adds that Overland's modular and scalable tape library alternatives to
disk systems can reduce overall power consumption by 5% and reduce heat
output by a much larger margin – as tape technology generates just 1% of the
heat associated with (disk-based) RAID appliances.
The absence of heavy metals means that all Overland Storage equipment is